When my husband read an early draft of this essay, he asked, "Why doesn't her partner have to support our daughter? After all, they agreed to raise children as Jews." What does it mean to raise a Jewish child?
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.
Whether you are Chelsea Clinton or Ivanka Trump, we are all touched by interfaith relationships. With the rate of intermarriage today hovering around 52%, mixed-faith marriages have become common place within the Jewish community. What makes these relationships unique, however, are the many challenges and opportunities these couples face due to spouses’ differing backgrounds and religions.
Join Dr. Marion Usher as she discusses her Love and Religion approach for interfaith couples. The program is free to the community and is being sponsored by the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, the UJA-Federation of New York's Partners in Caring, the UFA Federation of NY and InterfaithFamily.com.
Dr. Marion Usher, a psychotherapist and professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Behavioral Sciences, has led her workshop in Washington D.C. for the past 16 years. Her film, Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners, is a helpful, welcoming approach to creating positive change for partners in interfaith relationships.