Our updated booklet, Weddings For The Interfaith Couple, walks you through all of the traditions for the big day, starting with two to think about in advance (choosing a wedding contract known as a ketubah and topics to consider when meeting with your wedding officiant).
Rabbi Mychal will be leading us in a discussion of interfaith relationships throughout Jewish history and the present challenges and opportunities they pose. This discussion will provide a foundation for the second part of the series in which we will explore the many realities of interfaith relationships, including challenges we have faced and our varied approaches to our own interfaith experiences.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
Mazal tov, Emily. You can be very proud of your bat mitzvah speech and all the thought that went into it. As a gay Jewish man “married” to a Catholic, with an 11-year-old daughter, I want to say thanks for your words of wisdom, and especially for linking the positive values of diversity to the case for same-sex couples having children.
I’ll offer a thought — as an older half-Jewish person — that you can eventually decide to live as a Jew, while still maintaining ties to your Christian “half.”
Many of the people on the Half-Jewish Network website identify as Jews, but that doesn’t mean they’ve abandoned their Christian family members or the parts of themselves that came from that side of the family.
Congratulations Emily. As one of your “older” Toledo Jewish cousins, I can safely say that your maternal grandparents would be enveloped with pride over your accomplishments, insight and compassion. This is called “nachas.” You are wise beyond your years and you are an excellent writer. I wish you a lifetime of love and enjoyment, as would all of your family members who cannot be here today to say it. I would have added “success.” But, in your case, that goes without saying. You will experience success in all of your endeavors. Thank you for sharing your values and beliefs with us.