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.
My wife and me are 100% Vietnamese. We come across your site while browsing around reading about the Jewish culture.
I am especially interested in the Jewish culture, and have asked a local Rabbi to convert, but have been ignored.
We are expecting a son soon, and I would like to find a Judeo Chinese way for him.
Why Jewish: because I admire the Jewish culture
Why Chinese: because the big part of my Vietnamese cuture is Chinese.
Do you suggest a good Judeo Chinese name, that has the following criteria
- Easily pronounceable for Asian people, and Western people.
- Has the format of [Family Name] [Middle Name] [Given Name] (for example, a figurative name Nguyen Ben Kai has Nguyen as family name (also my family name), Ben is a Jewish name used as Middle Name, Kai is a Chinese name used as given name).
Are you going for old school Scripture names? I like Adam and Dan/Daniel. Jacob is okay if you intend to call the child Jake (I find Jacob old fashioned). David if your family is comfortable with the “v” (I’m Chinese (Canadian born, parents from Hong Kong) and have relatives who can’t pronounce the letter).
If you’re in the west (as in a western country), chances are, your child will be using the Given Name Family Name format for school. Personally, I’d go with a Judeo/western name Vietnamese/Chinese Middle Name format (the most common in my circles) – e.g. Daniel Kai Nguyen.
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