Article Discussion: Supporting Our Partners: Shifting Perceptions of Raising Jewish Kids

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May 17, 2013 at 4:00 am #13162

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May 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm #13630

Robin Margolis

Dear Edie:

I’ll offer a thought — perhaps it will be of some use. Your husband was Catholic, you’re Jewish, your daughter was raised Jewish.

But your daughter has two heritages. Even though she was raised only with exposure to Judaism, her father and his family are Catholic.

Your daughter has married another Catholic like your husband — she’s married her Catholic “half.” Part of that may be one reason why she and her Catholic partner share bits of Catholicism with your grandaughter.

Your daughter perhaps wanted to experience some of her father’s Catholic heritage as a child, but did not have that experience because it was decided to raise her as strictly Jewish, with no exposure to her other “half” –

so participating in Catholic services with her daughter and Catholic parnter is one way of getting that experience for herself as an adult.

With regard to your grandaughter being raised as a Jew — since your daughter is part of a same-sex couple — is your grandchild your daughter’s biochild or her partner’s biochild?

If your grandaughter is your daugher’s biochild, perhaps you could talk with your daughter about your concerns that her child is not being raised Jewish? Does your daughter only take her child to Christian services?

If your grandchild is the biochild of your daughter’s female partner — who is a committed Catholic — then it is likely the child will be raised Catholic, regardless of what promises were made when they married.

I speak as the Coordinator of the Half-Jewish Network, an organization for adult children and grandchildren of intermarriage, so I have some experience in this area.

I wish all the best for you and your family.

Cordially,
Robin Margolis
http://www.half-jewish.net

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