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.
Interfaith/Intercultural couples are usually aware that they will have to negotiate differences in their religions, but they may be surprised by needing to navigate cultural differences regarding communication, parenting, parents, and their definition of community. Make the process easier by engaging with other couples facing similar questions. Create an outline of how to approach a conversation with your partner that is honest, caring, and supportive. This discussion series will get the conversations rolling! Exchange ideas about such issues as: Holiday Observances – Which holidays will be celebrated in our home? Dealing With Our Families – How will we talk to our parents about our choices? Raising Children – How can we make sure our child is “part” of each of us? Spiritual Concerns – How do we satisfy our needs and recognize our partner’s? Cultural Differences – How do communication styles and familial expectations impact our relationship? This is one of the most meaningful and powerful things you can do for your relationship. I encourage every couple to participate in a couples group.
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