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Today Jewcy thoughtfully reported on the recent break-up of Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman and her chosen suitor Josh Murray. While this is not a surprise (few Bachelor/Bachelorette engagements lead to successful marriages), we were wondering how this interfaith couple would go about planning their wedding ceremony and how religion would play into their lives together. Though this doesnâ€™t tell us anything definitive about their own plans for religion (if they had any), from the look of Andiâ€™s Instagram profile, there was lots of Christmas holiday celebrating with Joshâ€™s family and no mention of Hanukkah.
The couple put out the following statement: â€śAfter several months of being engaged and working on our relationship, we have decided that itâ€™s best for both of us to go our separate ways,â€ť reads the statement.Â â€śWe are very sad that it has come to this point, but this is whatâ€™s best for both of us individually.â€ť
Elissa Goldstein pretty much sums it up below, wondering what role religion played in their pre-engagement conversations and why religion is so under wraps on the show. In any case, we say talk, talk, talk, and then talk some more before getting engaged!
â€śHere atÂ Jewcy HQ, we canâ€™t help but wonder how much the coupleâ€™s religious differences might have contributed toÂ the splitâ€”sheâ€™s Jewish (and seeminglyÂ pretty secular),Â heâ€™s a devout Christian (with Jewish heritage). Close readers ofÂ Tova Rossâ€™ season 10 recaps will recall thatÂ theÂ showâ€™s producers conveniently elided these facts in their race to the ratings altar. We never saw Andi orÂ Josh (or anyÂ of theÂ suitors) discuss hot-button topics like politics or religionâ€”you know, the sort of stuff couples should talk about before getting engaged. Did these conversations take place? Perhaps, but weâ€™ll probably neverÂ find out, which isÂ kind of a shame. Regardless of the reason for the split (hey, maybe Andi just didnâ€™t want to marry into a family of Chiefs fans),Â itâ€™s weirdâ€”even remissâ€”thatÂ The Bachelor franchise has an embargo onÂ conversations aboutÂ interfaith dating.â€ť
It is with great disappointment that I take in the flurry of media articles about the son of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahuâ€™s relationship with a Norwegian student who is not Jewish. In a world filled with monumental challenges, the press focuses our attention on the dating choice of one young man, even going as far as making a comparison between young Mr. Netanyahu and Prince Edward VII. Why is the news interest focused on the matrilineal inheritance of the young woman, rather than her character? The real story here is that the press thinks a high profile interfaith relationship is a scandal and it isnâ€™t.
Is there a relationship between the future of Judaism and the person we date? The truth is, we really do not know. Many smart and engaged Jewish leaders have interpreted the results of the October Pew survey with a resounding â€śYesâ€ť! I would like to offer up a different perspective, one that is rooted in InterfaithFamily CEO Ed Caseâ€™s intelligent commentary on the topic. The future of Judaism is not at risk as a result of intermarriage. It is at risk due to a lack of engagement among Jews, their partners and families, and the organized Jewish professional community. We do not know how the statistics on Jewish identity would differ if we had chosen to promote a different philosophy on intermarriage 20 years ago.
We should be looking inward, to ourselves and our behavior as the keepers of Judaism. It serves no purpose to fault an individual personâ€™s behavior for our shortcomings as a community. What if once a month, each of us who are connected to the Jewish community took the time to reach out to another individual or family who is not connected? We could invite someone into our home for Shabbat dinner, accompany them to a service at our synagogue, to a Jewish fair, festival, or concert. It is amazing what can happen when we reach out our hand to another person. As connected Jews, our individual daily actions, including our words, can and will make a great impact on the future of Judaism in our communities.