- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is walking back comments she reportedly made in January in which she appeared to criticize Jewish intermarriage.

“At an annual Jewish community event in my congressional district, I spoke about my personal connection to Judaism and in a larger context about the loss of Jewish identity and the importance of connecting younger generations to the institutions and values that make up our community,” the Florida congresswoman said in a statement released by the DNC, NBC News reported.

“I do not oppose intermarriage; in fact, members of my family, including my husband, are a product of it,” Ms. Wasserman Schultz said.

The conservative, Florida-based Shark Tank blog recently published an audio recording of Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s speech at a south Florida branch of the Jewish Federation, in which she spoke of the dilution of the Jewish community.

“We have the problem of assimilation. We have the problem of intermarriage,” she said. “We have the problem that too many generations of Jews don’t realize the importance of our institutions strengthening our community — particularly with the rise of anti-Semitism and global intolerance, which obviously we saw in horrific technicolor in just the last week in Paris.”

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