(JTA) – On Jan. 16, 1949, Toby Fassman married Max Cohen (Steven M. Cohen’s parents, now both of blessed memory). At 24, Toby was among the last of her circle of friends in Brooklyn to marry, and several jokingly remarked that Max had rescued her from lifelong singlehood.
Today, if a 24-year-old Jewish woman were heading for the chuppah, most would presume that she’s either Orthodox or reckless. Indeed, of 25- to 54-year-old American Jews who are not haredi, fully half are unmarried. While marriage rates peak around age 40 at 71 per cent, they drop again to just 57 per cent among those 10 years older. Of those 45-54, 13 per cent have never been married and another 21 per cent are divorced or separated. [Read more…]