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.
I know it is painful to see a loved one leave a faith that has been part of the common foundation of the relationship, whatever that faith may be. However, I believe that the writer’s father probably did not simply “go back” to be exactly the same Christian he once was. He carried his experiences as a convert to Judaism and as a member of a Jewish family forward into the next stage of his spiritual journey. Though I am sure his son would rather have seen him remain a Jew (that’s only natural, after all), perhaps there can be some comfort in knowing that those “Jewish years” will always be part of his father’s being.
In a real sense, he is as much (and perhaps even more) a “Hebrew Christian” as those of us with Jewish ancestors by blood. Not both a Christian and a Jew, but still, a Christian very aware of how a Jewish personal history has influenced his way of being a Christian, and his way of being a person.