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 for for this! As you know, we very much agree on this point (while respectfully disagreeing on others). Even though I am raising my children with both religions, or perhaps because I am doing so, it is very important to me to respect the integrity of separate holidays. That doesn’t mean we don’t point out similarities (the light), the points of historical connection (Pharisees), and the differences. So when you say Chrismukkah “can only confuse children being raised with one religious identity in an interfaith family,” I would agree and add that it could confuse any child in any family (interfaith or not, raised in one religion or two or three or none). It bothers me when people (see this week’s Forward) assume that families celebrating both holidays are celebrating Chrismukkah. Not true, as your survey shows, and as this website (and my blog) explains.
If how chrismukkah adds to family traditions, then his might be an interesting read. The author of his blog wrote something rather funny, but also nice, about her version of chrismukkah and its traditions
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