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.
Thank you for writing and sharing this. Our children are being raised by an Italian / Irish Catholic mom and a Jewish fahther. I read your experience with great interest to glean what they might experience one day
Fantastic article. My father is Eastern European Jew and my mother is from a very Catholic Italian family. We live in L.A. but came here from Argentina. I have always thought that being both Jewish and Catholic was too conflicting so I identified with Judaism because my mother always pushed me more towards it. I am not religious now but I would turn to Judaism if I ever needed spiritual guidance. I, however, love the Italian side of my family and I know that it is a huge part of who I am and my personality. Its a blessing to be both.
I was so happy to run across your article — and the comments. I’m the same combo: Jewish father, Italian-American mother (whose own father was Jewish!) I was raised Catholic and am very fond of all the Italian foods and traditions. Sadly, the Jewish part of my family wasn’t very present in my life, as my parents and grandparents married back when intermarriage was much less acceptable. Though I’m officially “not Jewish,” as it’s on the paternal side, and I wasn’t raised Jewish, I’m very pulled toward Judaism and spend lots of time at the synagogue and reading books about Judaism. I’ve been so happy to discover the riches of Judaism and claim that part of myself and am considering a trip to the mikveh.
Terrific article! Like you as well as many here, I have an Italian Catholic mother and a Jewish father. Although I was baptized, I attended a Jewish school, and I greatly appreciate both religions and cultures. Although not particularly religious, I don’t see a conflict in belonging to both cultures, and both sides of my family have always been effortlessly accepting of each other.