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 this article–I found it very moving. I converted along with my two children in the early 1990s. Through those shifting periods, after they were born, before they were converted, then after they were converted and while they still are not considered Jewish by some, those boundaries were painful. However, now, as long-term members of a community, and as a mother of adults, I and they no longer really experience those boundaries as painful. I support individual communities making informed, compassionate choices about their own boundaries. I would urge people who want to nurture a Jewish family, regardless of where you are starting from to know that there are hoops to jump through–sometimes the mikvah is the easy part!! And it is possible that your beshert is to raise this person in a Jewish home, and that his/her beshert is to develop a spiritual/religious life that does not fully resemble his/her home of birth. However through all this, there are great sources of love and joy. May you find them on your journey!
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