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.
I didn’t grow up around jews my age so I never considered dating someone Jewish until my previous relationships fell apart due to conflicts over the holidays. Then I was determined to marry a Jew. But just like this story, I found myself happy in the company of someone completely unexpected. My life took a turn, and although at 29 years old I was tiring in my wait for marriage and a family, I find myself facing an unexpected pregnancy, and as if he was reading my mind through my tears over all the things we haven’t talked about, right away he said “Like what, like you want to raise the baby Jewish, thats fine.” Life never turns out the way we plan. I always thought I would be married first, but sometimes life brings us to places we never would have found with our own plans, and I have never been so loved in all my life, so all I can say to Lindsey is, take the time to be happy, even if its not what you expected, happiness is worth the detour.
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