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.
As a Jewish convert, I completely disagree. The Birchot Ha’shachar blessings (prayer, if you will) are a fundamental part of the Jewish morning worship service. That sentence bears re-reading. It is a Jewish prayer to be read by Jews during a Jewish worship service. As such, why on earth should it be changed to accommodate the sensibilities of a non-Jew attending a Jewish service? Who most likely wouldn’t (and, frankly, shouldn’t) be saying the prayer anyway unless they were on a conversion path to Judaism?
I’m Jewish. I’m thrilled to be Jewish. I feel a deep sense of gratitude about being Jewish. And as a Jew, I have every right to language in the worship service to help me explicitly express that gratitude to God.
I find it surprising that anyone who has been “living Jewishly” for a long time would find the blessing in question to be insulting. If they did, why on earth would they be regularly joining in Jewish worship in the first place?
As someone who is converting to Judaism, I agree with the author. It is excluding as one of the main things I enjoy about Reform Judaism is how open and welcoming it is to non Jews. I can see how the author would have this reaction.
I have to agree with the others. I’m a born Jew (third generation Reform) and have absolutely no problem with that prayer. Even if it were to be amended to be “of the people Israel,” it means exactly the same thing.