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.
Suggested addition: having mentioned the possibility of female clergy in the intro, it would be good to note that the Reform, Reconstructionist, and Conservative movements have female rabbis and cantors, but the Orthodox movements do not. Also in O synagogues, only men are given honors like aliyot.
And a minor quibble about the wording of this phrase for C. and O. synagogues:
“Some interfaith families who want to raise Jewish children have conversion ceremonies for their children in order for them to participate in Conservative/Orthodox synagogues.” I would use a slightly different wording such as that the families “perform conversion rituals”. “Have ceremonies” sounds like a public celebration (like a bris or bar mitzvah), and although some families may have a public announcement and celebration after the conversion, the required conversion rituals of coming before a beit din and immersion in a mikveh are typically quiet affairs between the three rabbis and family members and not witnessed by the congregation.
wow. this is so anti-orthodox.
if you are trying to write from a non-biast view, you REALLY need to drastically edit this. i am truly surprised and disappointed by the nasty things you wrote about orthodox synagogues.
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