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April 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm #1523

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August 16, 2009 at 11:57 am #3561

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Yes, But notice your quote: Half Jewish Half italian and half american- Where did the Catholic faith go?Your husband has sacrificed in my opinion.
When in Venice we discovered many italian Jews. Its an amazing story. The local people knocked down the bridge leading to the Jewish community and the Nazi did not even know they were there! I am Catholic my husband is Jewish my Mother Inlaw says: I practice your religion – She buys presents from the Easter Bunny thats offensive..

July 21, 2010 at 4:08 am #4904

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Id consider you two very very lucky…Ive been reserching and reading up lately for differnt reasons but studies have shown that inter-religion marriges end in divorce 70% of the time…thats with any combo of any religion…e.g muslim and christian or christian and jewish… but according to jewish law ( I am jewish) the kids go by the mother so that would make your kids jewish!…dont let them lose their roots!

August 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm #4942

Louise Zeitlin

I am a first generation Italian, my husband is Jewish.  He was born in Israel in 1942.  His father was a Russian Jew, his mom was an Austrian Jew.  Our getting married did not sit well with either families because of our religious differences.  But, we decided to marry anyway.  Are families loved us and accepted our decision.  It wasn’t easy.  Luckily, my mother-in-law came to love me, we had very loving relationship like I was her daughter, and my parents love my husband like a son.  As long as we were good to each other and were happy that’s all that mattered.

We had one thing in common both of us came from European backgrounds.  That worked for us because we were basically brought up the same way.  Our families celebrated both holidays with us.  No, it was not common back in 1967, but I am here to tell you that after 43 plus years of marriage if there is love, respect, and understanding, and good communication, a mixed-faith marriage can and does work.
We’ve raised 2 sons and no, we chose not to pick either faith, mostly because of the grandparents, but we raised them in a common belief of the laws of God which was to live by the Ten Commandments.

My sons never felt cheated and actually said to me once, at least out of all our friends that we, their parents, are still together whereas most of their friends parents who married within their faith all divorced.  It seems my husband and I are a rare to have such a long marriage and still going strong and both sons believe they will have long-lasting marriages as well.

So, it takes work and love but you can marry someone who is not of your faith.

December 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm #5295

Hal Schneider

This is a great story of two sets of understanding and open parents (grandparents) welcoming another culture into their family. My family’s story is similar (maybe a little bumpier), but I unfortunately believe it is rare that the two families are both welcoming to the other.

February 16, 2011 at 9:28 am #5494

Andrea Pigey

I was attracted by the title, as I am a 1st generation Hungarian American living in Italy, my Jewish born partner is a double Italian-American national…our daughters are being raised in Reform Judaism…they are Jewish and Half Italian and Half American (but have Hungarian ancestry and a smidgeon of Ashkenazic Jewish ancestry as I am also 37.5% Jewish). Yours was a lovely article. I am happy to say neither set of grandparetns are practicing in their respective religions and they were both accepting of our decision to practice Judaism. We were non practicing before our children started pre-school and now we have found a lovely welcoming reform community (albeit American) in Milan, Italy. We feel very lucky and blessed.

January 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm #6481

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