"Catholic" Mother

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October 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm #18998


My husband and I plan on having children in the future. If we were to have a boy we are both for having him circumcised for Jewish tradition and our feelings of the matter. Because I am not Jewish I have many questions regarding the Bris. We both agree to raise our children in an interfaith home with a Jewish upbringing. By this I mean I am okay with raising them Jewish but I am choosing not to convert. After the bris is the baby’s covenant with Abraham enough for him to be Jewish or will he have to undergo a Mikvah conversion ceremony when he is older? ..Confused..

October 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm #19019


If your child will be raised with Judaism, there are liberal branches of Judaism that accept patrilineal decent to determine whether the child is Jewish. Because your husband is Jewish, and you want to raise a future child with Judaism, there is no need to convert the baby. With this said, if you want Conservative or Orthodox Judaism to be totally open to your children, you could work with a Conservative rabbi in town (we can introduce you to one in your area who works with interfaith couples and families) and that person could convert your baby within more legal Jewish frameworks at the bris or at a later date. We hope this helps. It can be confusing! Please look at our resources for support in raising your children with Judaism. There are videos, ways to learn blessings, narratives written by moms who aren\’t Jewish who are raising Jewish children, recipes, holiday information, ways to connect to synagogues and clergy and more! Thank you for your writing this question.

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