Parents, Children and Interfaith Relationships: Listening so they will talk. Talking so they will listen. 4 week class being taught at Gratz College in Elkins Park, PA by IFF/Philadelphia Director Rabbi Robyn Frisch. The class begins Oct. 28 & is being offered both Tuesday afternoons & Tuesday evenings.
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.
Juliet, If it’s not too personal of a question, I was curious just how observant are you? As in what is your shabbat like? What is your kosher observance like? I come from a pretty secular family, and found myself on the one hand wanting to increase my Jewish observance, and on the other hand dating a non-Jew. And so I find myself wondering whether he would be comfortable with doing certain things and whether I would be actually comfortable doing it myself. Do you ever feel the need to “downplay” your Jewishness? If so, how do you deal with that?
The upshot is that I am pretty observant. I keep shabbat. We have a kosher home. My son and I go to an Orthodox shul. I think the compromises are about going to shul without my husband, being the only adult who can say the kiddush, hamtotzi, and havdalah. I don’t think that I downplay my Judaism that much but perhaps that is because my husband is an amazing ally. He says shma with my son at night when he puts him to bed. You can reach me offline if you would like. I can be found at my first name at my last name dot com.
Best of luck sorting it all out,
I found your article while looking for information about geitost and if it’s kosher. I grew up in Norway, my father was a cantor there. and have only good memories about the country and its people. My chilhood friend is just visiting here in Jerusalem where I have the privilege of having my home and where I raised my children. From the Jewish point of view I must say that you have chosen a difficult path, but perhaps it’s easier in America than anywhere else Anyway, you have to be prepared for your children to be either or… it’s not easy to be a product of an interfaith marriage I think, but wishing you the best and good luck with you choicesiage
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