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.
This is my first post. I just came onto this website because I just broke up with my boyfriend of 2 years because he is half-Jewish (Jewish mother) and my family will not accept him. I know he is my beshert and he is Jewish because of his mother but also by choice. He has chosen to practice and is willing to become more observant.
My main problem is that I live in a really closed minded society (Mexico City) where the Jewish community is always talking about others. My parents are a part of this and I am positive they will not accept him. Plus, I still live in my parents’ house so I must obey their rules.
I know the facts are in my favor but I don’t know how to deal with this. My parents are not even that observant and I am sure they miss many of the important things to follow in our religion.
I need help, I don’t want to lose him, he is everything a woman could hope for.
Having a Jewish mother makes him Jewish. Full stop. (It gets a bit more complicated if it were his only father who was Jewish.) It sounds like your parents are more concerned about the “appearance” of him being a non-Jew, rather than the halakhic issues (as there are none; with a Jewish mother he is considered as fully Jewish as someone with two Jewish parents). Perhaps you can talk with them about their concerns? Ask them why they think he’s not “Jewish enough,” and find out if it’s their own concern or their perceived concern of the community.
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