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November 2, 2011 at 11:51 pm #6260

MeganD

I’m so happy to have come accross this thread…though disheartened by what i’m readying.  I NEED ADVICE.  I am recently engaged, though have been with my fiance for 7 years.  He grew up in a GO family (though his mother grew up Jewish and converted).  They are non-observant though he and his brother were baptised and attended church when young.  My mother is Jewish and my father Episcipal.  I was not baptized and grew up celebrating all holidays though not observing any particular religion. I identify with my Jewish roots more so than my Christian
  Our relationship works, in part, because we both share a lack of religious conviction. There was never a question that we would have our ceremony outdoors with a family friend officiating….but he’s suddenly having a religious crisis.  My finace’s younger brother will likely be married soon after us and it will be GO.  My finace will not be allowed to be his brother’s best man if our marriage is not blessed by the GO church.  But our marriage can not be blessed as I am not baptised and to do so would be under false pretences. 
  I would appreciate advice from anyone who has experience with this cunundrum.  HELP…and thanks

November 3, 2011 at 11:54 am #6261

Christina

You shouldn’t convert if you don’t believe. Most priests wouldn’t convert you for that reason anyway. He can still be his brother’s best man. He just can’t be the “koumbaro” who does the exchanging of the crowns. His brother can choose someone else to fill that role, maybe his father? That way it is stil all in the family. My sister was my koumbaro since she is GO and our best man was Catholic. He might still feel slighted since he won’t be the koumbaro. Good luck!

December 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm #6383

jackmoger

we went to greece and got married in santorini.  not only was it beautiful but very easy to do.  we got married overlooking the water next to the volcano by the mayor.  as for the kids you can just choose one religion, in this case we are going with greek orthodox.

January 31, 2012 at 1:09 am #6536

Lisa

Hi all,

I am in a similar situation. I am Greek Orthodox, my fiance is Jewish and we want an interfaith ceremony. Where/how do I find a priest willing to marry us along side a Rabbi? Any answers would greatly help.

Thanks.

June 7, 2013 at 11:56 pm #14049

Lesley Bennett

I am a reform jewish girl who is in the beginning stage of dating a greek orthodox who also is not as religious as me. I am not going to convert to GO because I am jewish but would be in compromise with him to at least check out the church but not convert. Neither of us go to synagogue or church so how will that work out. His family is like the movie Big Fat Greek Wedding. Any suggestions would be great. I dont want to lose my identity or have my kids not know the jewish traditions. I would do JP or a Non-Dominacional church.

June 10, 2013 at 9:54 am #14167

InterfaithFamily

Hi Lesley,

We have many resources on interfaith relationships that you might find useful, here: http://www.interfaithfamily.com/relationships/marriage_and_relationships.shtml. And perhaps this personal narrative from a woman with Jewish and Greek Orthodox parents would be enlightening: http://www.interfaithfamily.com/relationships/growing_up_in_an_interfaith_family/Interfaith_Utopia.shtml.

March 22, 2014 at 11:07 pm #20207

Marryme in Greece

Hi Arthur,

The Greek Orthodox church does not allow a wedding between a Greek Orthodox and a Jew. The only way to overcome this issue is to have a civil wedding.

I am wishing you good luck

March 22, 2014 at 11:10 pm #20208

Marryme in Greece

You can also check my website for more details for legalities especialy if they want to have a destination wedding in Greece http://www.marryme.com.gr/marryme/view/legalities

Again good luck

June 25, 2014 at 3:59 pm #20334

Kosta

“Ridiculous restrictions by the Orthadox Church”, really Arthur? Give me a break. Like being a Jew doesn’t have any restrictions. Get off the high horse and let people choose whatever they wish to follow. If your daughter doesn’t like it, then go find a Jew to marry. The Orthadox Church isn’t looking for converts.

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