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Interfaith Weddings

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  • The Seven Blessings

    By InterfaithFamily

    Explanation of the Seven Blessings, a traditional feature of Jewish weddings.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Guide to Wedding Ceremonies for Interfaith Couples

    By InterfaithFamily

    A guide with explanations and sample rituals for all aspects of a Jewish interfaith wedding.

    Date: 09-04-2007
  • Our Wedding: A Personalized Jewish-Catholic Interfaith Ceremony

    By Jenny Kellogg

    A personal narrative from a Catholic woman who planned an interfaith wedding ceremony that integrated aspects of her background, such as the vows, and her Jewish husband’s heritage, such as the ring ceremony.

    Date: 07-10-2006
  • A Sample Interfaith Wedding Ceremony

    By Rabbi Devon A. Lerner

    Professional view article containing a sample script of a Jewish-Christian co-officiated ceremony, with an emphasis on the Jewish parts but with elements of both.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • A Catholic Priest's Perspective on Interfaith Marriage

    By Reverend Walter H. Cuenin

    I would like to offer a few points for reflection based on my thirty years' experience as a priest who has been involved in many interfaith weddings.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • The Jewish Wedding Canopy (Huppah)

    By InterfaithFamily

    Explanation of the chuppah, the Jewish wedding canopy, and ways to incorporate it into an interfaith wedding ceremony.

    Date: 09-04-2007
  • Breaking the Glass

    By InterfaithFamily

    An explanation of the ritual of breaking the glass at a Jewish or interfaith wedding.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • The Jewish Marriage Contract (Ketubah)

    By InterfaithFamily

    Explanation of ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Tips for Inclusive Wedding Ceremonies

    By InterfaithFamily

    Tips for making an interfaith wedding ceremony inclusive of both the Jewish partner and the non-Jewish partner, compiled from contributions to InterfaithFamily.com.

    Date: 08-02-2006
  • Sample Poems, Prayers and Readings

    By InterfaithFamily

    Poems, prayers and readings for interfaith and Jewish weddings.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Key Differences Between a Jewish Wedding and Christian Wedding

    By InterfaithFamily

    If you're planning an interfaith wedding, it's important to know the differences between Jewish and Christian weddings.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Candle Lighting/Unity Candle

    By InterfaithFamily

    Sample candle-lighting/unity candle ceremonies for Jewish-Christian interfaith weddings.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • You Don't Need a Rabbi to Have a Jewish Wedding

    By Anita Diamant

    How to have an interfaith wedding, or just a Jewish wedding, without a rabbi.

    Date: 06-06-2007
  • The Ring Ceremony

    By InterfaithFamily

    Explanation of the ring ceremony at traditional Jewish and modern interfaith weddings.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • One Rabbi's Approach to Interfaith Wedding Ceremonies: Plus a Sample Interfaith Wedding Ceremony

    By Rabbi Devon A. Lerner

    Professional view article about how, given the proper setting, word choice, and symbols, elements of both Christianity and Judaism can be combined to create a personally meaningful wedding ceremony for couples.

    Date: 08-17-2006
  • A Wedding Filled with Keva and Kavanna

    By Rabbi Lev Baesh

    Professional view from a rabbi who sees the most important elements of an interfaith wedding as inclusion and balance and includes his suggestions for these wedding ceremonies.

    Date: 08-21-2006
  • Blessing Over the Wine

    By InterfaithFamily

    The Jewish blessing over the wine, plus additional liturgy and sample program definitions for an interfaith wedding.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Exchange of Vows

    By InterfaithFamily

    Explanation of how the exchange of vows works at Jewish interfaith weddings.

    Date: 09-04-2007
  • Timing and Location of a Jewish Wedding

    By InterfaithFamily

    Information on restrictions on the timing and location of a Jewish wedding.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Acknowledgement of Different Faiths

    By InterfaithFamily
    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Uniting of the Tribes: Our Hindu-Jewish Wedding

    By Jason Jay

    Personal narrative by a Jewish woman and a Hindu Indian man about their beautiful blended wedding ceremony and celebration, and the way it brought their families together.

    Date: 07-28-2006
  • My Big Fat Non-Jewish Wedding

    By Bryna Bass

    Personal narrative about interfaith couple that first planned a secular Jewish wedding but then the Jewish woman realized her Judaism was cultural, not religious, and so they had a non-religious wedding.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Sample Ways to End the Ceremony

    By InterfaithFamily

    Different options for ending an interfaith/Jewish wedding ceremony.

    Date: 09-04-2007
  • Circling

    By InterfaithFamily

    Explanation of the tradition of circling in Jewish weddings.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • What Rabbis Think and Do about Interfaith Wedding Ceremonies

    By The Jewish Outreach Institute

    Professional view from the Jewish Outreach Institute reporting survey results and statistics about American rabbis’ attidutes toward intermarriage and officiation. 

    Date: 07-31-2006
  • A Wedding Ceremony of Our Own

    By Marina Williams

    Personal narrative about how and why a couple decided to have alternative officiants at their Argentine wedding, and how they created their own ceremony.

    Date: 07-18-2006
  • Uncompromising Compromises

    By Juliet Stamperdahl

    Somehow, I got this idea that if we could create a wedding ceremony that felt authentically Jewish, was respectful of halacha, honored Birger's Norwegian background and was mindful of Birger's agnosticism, then we would most certainly be able to build a life together around those same principles.

    Date: 10-14-2009
  • A Different Approach to Interfaith Marriage

    By Rabbi Stephen Fuchs

    Reprinted rabbi’s sermon about his evolving thoughts toward officiating interfaith weddings, and the creative new policy toward interfaith weddings that his synagogue devised so that couples could be married in the synagogue, just not

    Date: 11-14-2006
  • Our "Jewish-ish" Wedding

    By Jim Keen

    Personal narrative about how a couple planned their interfaith wedding and the logistical challenges they overcame.

    Date: 11-14-2006
  • The Wedding: A Mixed Blessing

    By Sarah Callahan

    Personal narrative about the preparation and implementation of an interfaith wedding with special attention to how one couple spoke with their parents and set aside time for romance.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • It's Not about You, It's About Me: Why I Don't Perform Interfaith Weddings

    By Rabbi Steven Foster

    Professional view article about why a rabbi won’t officiate at interfaith weddings and how he handles telling couples that he won’t marry them.

    Date: 08-17-2006
  • Why We Call Them Intercultural Weddings: A Secular Humanistic Jewish Approach

    By Rabbi Miriam Jerris

    Professional advice explaining the position of Secular Humanistic Jews, who accept intermarriage as the joining of people from two different backgrounds yet similar values.

    Date: 12-05-2006
  • Meeting the Parents of Your Jewish Daughter's Catholic Fiance

    By Tom Muchel

    Personal Narrative about all the tensions and negotiations that went on within and between the families when a Jewish woman married a Catholic man, both from observant backgrounds.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Seven Questions To Consider Before Meeting With Your Interfaith Wedding Officiant

    By Rabbi Lev Baesh

    Seven questions for interfaith couples who are about to meet with a rabbi, cantor or other Jewish clergyperson to talk about their wedding.

    Date: 08-07-2008
  • A Jewish Wedding Under $2,500

    By Rachel Rourke

    Their first wedding was a civil marriage, but they recommitted to one another in midlife under a huppah.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Thoughts on My Interfaith Wedding

    By Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

    Personal narrative about a creative interfaith wedding that incorporated elements of many religions.

    Date: 08-21-2006
  • How I Honored My (Sort of) Christian Parents at My Jewish Wedding

    By Alice Waugh

    Personal narrative about how a couple planned their Jewish wedding carefully, so as to include the non-Jewish, atheist parents.

    Date: 07-05-2006
  • A Double Blessing: How to Create a Meaningful Co-Officiated Ceremony

    By Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn

    Professional View/Advice Article explaining how to combine elements of both traditions and have equal representation of both clergy and religions by following the "three C" method: communication, clarification of expectations, and compromis

    Date: 08-21-2006
  • Processional

    By InterfaithFamily

    How the processional works in a Jewish or interfaith wedding.

    Date: 09-04-2007
  • New Styles in Chuppot (Wedding Canopies)

    By Helen Belitsky

    Personal narrative about a couple who sent out small quite squares with their wedding invitations, and thus created a patchwork chuppah which physically and symbolically captured the creativity and love of family and friends in their new

    Date: 08-10-2006
  • Additional Program Definitions

    By InterfaithFamily

    Additional program definitions for an interfaith Jewish wedding.

    Date: 09-04-2007
  • My Jewpanese Wedding

    By Paul Golin

    Personal narrative from a Jewish man about his attempts to include his wife’s Japanese culture in their interfaith wedding, held at a synagogue.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Marrying Off a Daughter as a Values Clarification Exercise

    By Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

    Personal Narrative about a mother’s efforts to connect with her daughter’s Iranian in-laws before the wedding to prevent an awkward ceremony, and to establish an ongoing relationship.

    Date: 06-19-2007
  • Cultural Differences in Wedding Planning

    By Melanie Herscovitch

    Why is it that Christians and Jews have very different ideas when it comes to such things as place settings, present-giving, food-choices, and most relevant to my present situation, wedding planning?

    Date: 04-28-2008
  • Interfaith Weddings I Am Happy To Perform, and Why

    By Rabbi David Regenspan

    Professional view from a "freelance" Reform rabbi about why he will officiate at some interfaith weddings.  He will happily officiate if the non-Jewish partner is a "fellow traveler" who is committed to upholding the religious tra

    Date: 08-14-2007
  • Introducing the Parents

    By Ed Ohalva

    Personal Narrative about a couple who worried that the geographic and education-level differences between their parents might make for awkwardness when they first met, but who ended up pleased with how accepting and mature they all were.

    Date: 07-11-2006
  • Common Ground for Jewish-Christian Weddings

    By InterfaithFamily

    A mixed Jewish-Christian wedding offers many opportunities for the couple to honor both of their traditions.

    Date: 08-29-2007
  • A Jewish Mother Sings the Interfaith Wedding Blues

    By Pearl Choset Salkin

    Opinion/Editorial by a Jewish woman who was invited to 5 family weddings, 4 of which were to non-Jews. She wonders what will happen with her own children and how she will respond if they marry non-Jews.

    Date: 06-19-2007
  • Beyond the December Dilemma: Writing Wedding Vows

    By Howard Lovy

    Personal narrative in which agnostic and Jew negotiate their wedding vows--she wants no mention of God and he wants a Jewish wedding.  They ultimately decide to write their own.

    Date: 07-18-2006
  • Performing Interfaith Weddings: An Opportunity

    By Rabbi Bruce Kadden

    Professional view by a rabbi who performs interfaith weddings because he sees it as an opportunity to bring the couple into the Jewish community.

    Date: 08-17-2006
  • We Have the Bride and Groom--All We Need Are the Parents

    By Hal Schneider

    Personal narrative from a Jewish man whose parents wouldn’t attend his Jewish wedding to his non-Jewish Hawaiian bride--but did attend his second, secular ceremony.

    Date: 06-23-2006
  • Interfaith Weddings: Honoring Both Sets of Parents

    By Ben Dubrovsky

    Personal narrative/opinion piece suggests that focusing on shared values rather than religious differences is the way to create an inclusive, meaningful wedding ceremony and relationship with (in his case non-Jewish) in-laws.

    Date: 07-05-2006
  • Mixed Background Times Three

    By Marc Tyler Nobelman

    Personal narrative in which an American Jewish man recounts the religious, historical, and cultural tensions of dating and marrying a German Protestant woman.

    Date: 11-27-2006
  • How I Counsel Interfaith Couples before Their Wedding

    By Ron Li-Paz

    Professional view article about how a cantor counsels interfaith couples before he marries them, encouraging them to choose one religion for their future children and for their family, as something that will help bind them together as a family.

    Date: 07-18-2006
  • Why I Changed My Mind

    By Rabbi Arthur P. Nemitoff

    Professional view article explaining why a rabbi will now officiate at interfaith weddings and the conditions under which he will do so.

    Date: 08-17-2006
  • Our Non-Religious Jewish Wedding

    By Naomi Rockler-Gladen

    Personal narrative about the wedding of a Jewish woman and her husband, who came from a devout Christian family but has since rejected organized religion.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Blessing Mixed-Faith Couples in the United Kingdom

    By Rabbi Aaron Goldstein

    Professional view by a rabbi and Liberal Judaism outreach worker in the UK who explains his movement’s stance on interfaith marriage:  it is the only branch in the UK that sanctions interfaith marriages and accepts interfaith fam

    Date: 11-14-2006
  • My Son's Intermarriage

    By Raquel Stabinski-Leib

    Personal Narrataive about how shocked and disappointed a woman is when her son tells her he is engaged to a non-Jewish woman. Gradually, though, she becomes more accepting.

    Date: 06-19-2007
  • The Blogging Bride

    By Julie Daneman

    Personal narrative about her wedding day from Julie Daneman, 2007 weddings blogger for InterfaithFamily.com.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • The Shrinking Crucifix

    By Elaine K. Markowitz

    Personal Narrative in which a Jewish mother whose son is being married to a Catholic woman in a church by a cantor and priest is first horrified by the huge cross in the church, yet when she returns on the wedding day, the cros

    Date: 07-05-2006
  • I Do! A Jewish Premarital Counseling Program

    By S. Courtney Nathan

    Professional view article from a program developer about I Do, a Jewish Family Services premarital class devised to help interfaith couples prepare their relationship and themselves spiritually, emotionally, and logistical

    Date: 11-14-2006
  • Jewish Wedding Dress: Special Concerns

    By InterfaithFamily

    I'm having a Jewish wedding. Are there special considerations relating to what to wear?

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Interfaith Wedding Is Temple's First: Congregation Beth Israel Responds to Growing Incidence of Jews Marrying Non-Jews

    By Frances Grandy Taylor

    Reprinted news article about a change in one synagogue’s policy  that will now allow interfaith couples, under certain conditions, to be married in the synagogue, just not by the rabbi.

    Date: 11-14-2006
  • A Place for Us

    By Karen Engels

    Personal narrative about an interfaith couple and how they worked out a way of being together and creating a marriage ceremony that was Jewish yet acknowledged and included the non-Jewish family and friends.

    Date: 06-22-2006
  • Potential Obstacles in Planning a Jewish-Christian Wedding

    By InterfaithFamily

    Ways to avoid conflict when planning a Jewish-Christian interfaith wedding.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • The Elephant in the Room

    By Lisa Danetz

    Personal narrative about a Jewish woman in love with a Catholic man who didn’t see how they could reconcile their religious differences.  Ultimately, the man agreed to raise their future kids as Jews.

    Date: 11-14-2006
  • Jewish Premarital Programs Seek to Address Problems Early

    By Michael Jackman

    General information reprint about different Jewish premarital programs that seek to prevent divorce by addressing problems early on.

    Date: 08-14-2007
  • Sample Rituals

    By InterfaithFamily

    Sample rituals for an interfaith Jewish wedding.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Finding the Balance

    By Erin Bernau

    Personal narrative of Interfaith couple’s process of planning a wedding and ultimate choice of a Unitarian minister who will include both Christian and Jewish elements.

    Date: 06-22-2006
  • Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?

    By Rabbi Bruce Kadden

    Professional view by a rabbi and advice for couples in handling their parents’ desire to control the wedding planning.

    Date: 07-31-2006
  • Under the Rainbow: God Meets Intermarriage

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    Professional view by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, who explains his approach to interfaith marriage--create "an entirely new wedding ceremony for marriages between a Jew and a member of another spiritual community"--and describes and explains the ce

    Date: 08-14-2007
  • Finding a Rabbi or Cantor to Officiate at an Interfaith Wedding

    By InterfaithFamily

    How to find a rabbi or cantor to officiate at an interfaith wedding. Hint: it's not as easy as you think.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Co-Officiating at Interfaith Weddings

    By Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn

    Professional view about how and why a rabbi co-officiates at interfaith weddings, what he does not want to emphasize in these weddings, and what he does want to accomplish.

    Date: 08-21-2006
  • Coming to Terms with My Son's Choices

    By Sallie Teitelbaum Castleman

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman whose son married a Hindu Indian woman and is raising their son in both religions.

    Date: 07-19-2006
  • My Big Fat Jewish Dominican Wedding

    By Aliza Hausman

    When she became Jewish, she didn't stop being Dominican--how could their wedding respect both of their cultures?

    Date: 10-17-2008
  • What Is a Parent to Do?

    By Carol S. Targum

    Personal narrative from a woman who disapproved of her son dating non-Jews but ultimately accepted his non-Jewish girlfriend and eventual wife.

    Date: 06-23-2006
  • What Makes a Wedding Jewish?

    By InterfaithFamily

    What are the key characteristics of a Jewish wedding?

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Have You Heard the One about the Priest and the Rabbi?

    By Teresa McMahon

    Personal narrative about how a couple wooed the in-laws before getting engaged in order to reduce conflict over the wedding.  Author notes the importance of interpersonal negotiations to ensure that neither partner feels he/she has compromised too

    Date: 07-18-2006
  • When Our Kids Get Married

    By S. Courtney Nathan

    Professional view from a former outreach worker on the issues faced by parents of children who are about to intermarry.

    Date: 06-23-2006
  • My Interfaith Wedding in London

    By Jo Hurst

    Personal narrative about intermarried couple and their struggles--first about religion, and then about having a Jewish wedding and finding a rabbi to marry them.

    Date: 06-20-2006
  • Why Do You Do This?: A Rabbi's Experience with Interfaith Marriage

    By Neil Kominsky

    Professional view of a rabbi’s philosophy about intermarriage and how he responds when a couple asks him to intermarry them.

    Date: 08-17-2006
  • What Every Bride Should Know ...

    By Cynthia Stern Schloss

    General information article about the importance of having genetic tests before getting married and before having children. Reprint

    Date: 08-11-2006
  • A Prenuptial Agreement for Interfaith Couples: Discussing These Questions Could Prevent Marital Problems Down the Road

    By Rabbi Richard Schachet

    Reprinted professional view suggesting that interfaith couples discuss and work out all religious-related matters before the wedding, and document them in a formal prenuptial agreement.

    Date: 07-18-2006
  • What's a Wedding without Elephants?

    By Zack Kushner

    Personal narrative from a Jewish man who married an atheist who grew up on an ashram, explaining the planning and anxieties behind their Jewish ceremony and Indian-themed reception.

    Date: 11-14-2006
  • God Loves Love: Why I Officiate and Co-Officiate at Interfaith Marriages

    By Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn

    Professional View of rabbi who believes it is important to have Judaism in a couple’s life at their time of marriage, and that a rabbi’s officiating at their wedding is the best way to link them to Judaism.

    Date: 08-25-2006
  • Star Crossed: Rabbis facing loaded question of intermarriage

    By Barbara Pash

    Award-winning article on the issue of rabbinic officiation in interfaith marriage in Baltimore's Jewish community.

    Date: 05-20-2008
  • Wedding on the Wall

    By Allen Salkin

    News article about new trends in Jewish wedding contracts. Reprint.

    Date: 06-22-2006
  • Bagels, Lox and Easter Ham

    By Dana Hagenbuch

    Personal narrative about a couple that plans to share the Italian and Jewish heritages they each come from.

    Date: 07-18-2006
  • Working Out Our Wedding Ceremony Led to Working Out Our Marriage

    By Mindy McMahon

    Personal narrative article about how a Jewish-Catholic couple, despite opposition from both families, married in a ceremony which worked for everyone.

    Date: 08-11-2006
  • Reflections on Marrying Interfaith Couples

    By Rabbi Leslie Keiter Tannenwald

    Professional view from a rabbi who thinks that performing interfaith marriages helps keep the couple within the Jewish community.

    Date: 08-17-2006
  • When Life Gets in the Way of Planning a Wedding

    By Faye Rapoport DesPres

    Personal narrative of a Jewish woman who remarried a French Canadian man in her 40s, and the personal obstacles they faced in putting the wedding together.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Officiating at an Intermarriage

    By Rabbi Paul H. Levenson

    Professional view by rabbi presenting a typical scenario that occurs when an interfaith couple approaches him asking that he marry them.

    Date: 08-17-2006
  • Counseling Interfaith Couples Who Want Me to Marry Them

    By Rev. Yvonne V. Schaudt

    Professional view by a minister discussing how she immediately hurls the hard questions--conversion and children--at interfaith couples who want her to marry them because she believes that these questions are essential to work out before

    Date: 11-14-2006
  • Once Was Not Enough: Why We Had Three Weddings

    By Bonni Goldberg

    Personal narrative in which intermarried woman describes her three weddings: one before a judge, with no guests, one with her family, and one with their friends.

    Date: 07-18-2006
  • On Becoming a Justice of the Peace

    By Elise Klein

    Personal narrative from a director of an outreach program about how she became a justice of the peace and officiated at a moving wedding between an Orthodox Jewish man and an Irish-Catholic man.

    Date: 06-23-2006
  • Beyond the December Dilemma: I Do!

    By Howard Lovy

    Personal narrative in which engaged couple negotiates over what kind of ceremony and officiant to have. She, an agnostic, wants no mention of God. He, a Jew, wants a rabbi and a Jewish wedding ceremony.  They find a "Humanist-leaning rabbi"

    Date: 07-18-2006
  • Picture This: Old Photographs, New Life

    By Heather Subba

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman reflecting on her Jewish past and her interfaith future with her Nepalese Hindu husband.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Rabbi Takes an Inventive Approach to Intermarriage

    By Judie Jacobson

    Reprint news article about a rabbi who agrees to allow certain others to perform intermarriages in his synagogue, under certain conditions, even though he himself won’t perform them.

    Date: 08-11-2006
  • Our Most Challenging Interfaith Topic: What Religion Would Our Children Have?

    By Jim Keen

    Personal narrative article about the process a couple went through after getting engaged, for two years before they married, trying to decide in what religion to raise their children.

    Date: 07-18-2006
  • From My Perspective: How Joining a Parents of Interfaith Children Group Helped Me

    By Bobbie Friedman

    Personal narrative about how a support group helped a parent deal with her mixed feelings about her daughter’s engagement.  The group helped her feel she was not alone and strengthened her communication with her daughter. Date: 11-14-2006

  • Why the Jewish Community Needs to Change Its Approach to Intermarriage

    By Charlotte Honigman-Smith

    Professional advice from rabbi who explains how his policies toward non-Jewish families regarding Bar or Bat Mitzvah and other matters have changed as he has gotten to know non-Jews who are committed to the Jewish identity of their children.

    Date: 06-06-2007
  • Breaking the Glass in North Carolina

    By David Elstein

    In an area where there aren't many rabbis at all, InterfaithFamily.com helped them find a rabbi who would perform a Jewish ceremony for an interfaith couple.

    Date: 11-16-2009
  • Acknowledgements

    By InterfaithFamily

    Acknowledgements of contributors to the Guide to Wedding Ceremonies for Interfaith Couples.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Embracing Interfaith Couples Only Strengthens Congregations

    By Rabbi Lawrence Raphael

    Professional view from a Reform rabbi on how he changed his mind on officiating at interfaith weddings after seeing Jewishly committed interfaith families at his synagogue.

    Date: 08-17-2006
  • Our Interfaith Ketubah

    By Stephen Bondell

    A Jewish man tells the story behind the ketubah he and his wife had for their interfaith marriage.

    Date: 02-15-2008
  • Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: Planning an Interfaith Wedding

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    Suggestions from an experienced rabbi for how to plan an interfaith wedding.

    Date: 07-02-2008
  • Hail to the Chiefs: How I Officiated at a Wedding in the Presence of Two Presidents

    By Rabbi David S. Gruber

    Meeting a former president of the United States at an interfaith wedding prompts this rabbi to consider how far American Jewry has come toward full acceptance in the US.

    Date: 06-02-2010
  • Recommended Books for Interfaith Weddings

    By InterfaithFamily

    Recommended books for helping plan an interfaith wedding.

    Date: 08-22-2007
  • Out of Many Beliefs, One Ceremony

    By Cheryl Glantz Nail

    The wedding she'd never imagined was just as beautiful as the one she'd pictured.

    Date: 07-16-2010
  • Pauline and Ellen's Wedding Video

    By Pauline Albrecht

    Pauline Albrecht and Ellen Levy got married in an interfaith ceremony with Jewish and Christian symbols.

    Date: 06-05-2008
  • Mouseketeers at a Yorkshire Wedding

    By Janet Silver Ghent

    A Jewish mom tells the story of her son's interfaith wedding to an English woman.

    Date: 01-10-2008
  • Joining Traditions

    By Benjamin A. Maron

    We tend to dwell on what it's like for parents when their children intermarry. What about what it's like for children whose parents enter a second, interfaith marriage?

    Date: 02-12-2010
  • The Promise

    By Ken Gordon

    The rabbi who officiated at our wedding made us join a synagogue--and I'm glad he did.

    Date: 05-14-2008
  • An Intercultural Celebration of Love

    By Elizabeth Thorsen

    A bride and groom who used our Clergy Officiation Referral service share video of their wedding ceremony with us.

    Date: 04-21-2010
  • Lights, Camera, Mazel Tov--How I Officiated a Wedding on MTV

    By Rabbi David S. Gruber

    I've officiated at many interfaith weddings, but this was the first one I did on television.

    Date: 01-15-2010
  • Officiating at Interfaith Weddings Can Unlock the Door to Jewish Involvement

    By Rabbi Brian Field

    Professional view from a Reconstructionist rabbi on why he officiates at interfaith weddings, largely because he feels it welcomes couples into the Jewish community.

    Date: 08-17-2006
  • The Golden Rule of Interfaith Weddings: Try Not to Offend

    By Amy Elkes

    A Jewish woman talks about the challenging, but ultimately rewarding, process of planning her interfaith wedding.

    Date: 01-30-2008
  • A Delicious Interfaith Wedding

    By Aaron Kagan

    If the engagement was a catalyst for conflict, which it was, the wedding was the resolution. All of the issues raised by announcing our intention to wed had either been worked out by the big day or resolved themselves before our very eyes during the reception.

    Date: 01-08-2010
  • My Perfect Wedding

    By Nicole Habif

    It may be the marriage that counts in the long run, but the wedding planning gave me the wisdom to know when to compromise, the patience to understand the foibles of those I love and the strength to accomplish both without losing who I was in the process.

    Date: 08-04-2009
  • Naming the Stranger: A Defining Interfaith Moment

    By Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael

    Behold, the power of a name! What we can learn from the biblical 'ger toshav,' the stranger who dwells among us, when preparing for an interfaith wedding.

    Date: 01-29-2013
  • Choosing an Interfaith Ketubah

    In order to make the process of choosing an interfaith ketubah easier for you, InterfaithFamily.com describes five different trends of interfaith ketubot and offers links to websites where they can be found.

    Date: 03-07-2012
  • What is The Hora?

    What is the Hora? This video from G-dcast explains

    Date: 10-23-2014
  • Our Wedding: Our Own Terms

    By Maura Roosevelt

    Maura and her husband were turned away from several officiants before they found one who encouraged them to have the wedding of their dreams.

    Date: 10-30-2014
  • Five Tips for an Interfaith Ketubah

    By Adriana Saipe

    A ketubah artist offers tips for making an inclusive ketubah

    Date: 11-10-2014
  • Rabbi Levin to Officiate at Interfaith Weddings

    By Barbara Bayer

    Why one rabbi, after 37 years, at the pulpit, has changed his stance on interfaith marriage.

    Date: 03-20-2013
  • Celebrating the Beauty of a Hindu-Jewish Fusion Wedding

    By Shelley A. Sackett

    The story behind the union of a Hindu woman and Jewish man whose wedding celebrated both of their heritages.

    Date: 02-06-2014
  • A New Seven Blessings

    By Ritualwell

    Seven blessings for an interfaith wedding, loosely based on the traditional sheva brakhot.

    Date: 04-09-2013
  • How Do I Pick My Ketubah Witness?

    By Adriana Saipe

    Adriana offers insight into the process of choosing a witness to sign the ketubah at your wedding.

    Date: 01-08-2015
  • Intercultural Wedding in Italy: Sipping Sake With a German Couple in Siena

    By Rabbi David S. Gruber

    An interfaith, intercultural wedding in Italy, highlighting Jewish traditions - with a twist.

    Date: 07-31-2012
  • Best Websites for Finding English Language Readings for Weddings

    By Rabbi Maurice Harris

    Five of the most user-friendly, non-sectarian websites on the internet, offering a wide range of readings

    Date: 04-30-2015
  • The Rabbi and the Elephant: How I Officiated a Cosmopolitan Interfaith Wedding in Thailand

    By Rabbi David S. Gruber

    With guests from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Thailand and the U.S. present, Nad and Alex's wedding was easily one of the most cosmopolitan I had ever officiated. With a fairly traditional inclusive Jewish ceremony, bookended by Thai customs, it was definitely one of the most intercultural. Throw in the fact that I was upstaged by an elephant, and you have the backdrop for a great story!

    Date: 12-12-2011
  • Weddings for the Interfaith Couple

    Our updated booklet, Weddings for the Interfaith Couples, is full of explanations, tips, resources, and more.

    Date: 11-19-2012
  • You Don't Need a Rabbi to Have a Jewish Wedding

    By Anita Diamant

    Professional view article discussing how difficult it is to find a rabbi to perform an intermarriage, and why, and then offers alternatives, such as a judge or justice of the peace, or alternatively, having a friend be deputized for the

    Date: 05-31-2007
  • The Do-It Yourself Ethos of "I Do"

    By Lisa Keys

    A news article about personalized approaches to a traditional Jewish wedding, including do-it-yourself chuppahs and ketubahs.

    Date: 06-08-2007
  • Wedding Customs: Old, New, and "Renovated"

    By Marlena Thompson

    An informative article of the traditions of the Jewish wedding and the changes in such rituals that have occurred over time.

    Date: 06-08-2007
  • My Big Fat Interfaith Lesbian Wedding

    By Cynthia Kalish

    Personal narrative by a Jewish lesbian describing the excitement surrounding her upcoming weddings to her Christian partner--both civil and religious.

    Date: 07-10-2013
  • A Marriage of Inconvenience: For Many in Israel, Marriage and Family Are Not Legally Recognized

    By Joseph Algazy

    Reprinted news article about the efforts of Mishpaha Hadasha (New Family), a group of lawyers trying to expand marriage rights.  Now only 58% of Israelis are eligable to have their marriage and family legally recognized in Israel (it has

    Date: 07-05-2007
  • Real Realism on Intermarriage

    By Jack Wertheimer

    Reprinted news article by Jack Wertheimer and Steven Bayme promoting in-marriage and suggesting that "two positive goals stand in tension:  inclusiveness and intensive Jewish content." The authors recommend focusing on Jewish cont

    Date: 11-21-2006
  • Rabbis Who Serve Interfaith Nuptials Tend to Go It Alone

    By Lisa Keys

    Reprinted personal narrative about co-officiation, why rabbis will and why some won’t do it, why some will officiate at interfaith weddings, just not with priest.

    Date: 08-17-2006
  • Interfaith Families Raising Jewish Children

    By Edmund Case

    Reprinted professional view and personal narrative of Ed Case, founder of InterfaithFamily.com about his personal and professional journey with interfaith family issues, and his call for outreach to interfaith families by American Jewish comm

    Date: 07-28-2006
  • For Officiating at Intermarriages: The Voice of Zipporah

    By Rabbi Stephen Kahn

    Reprinted sermon from a rabbi telling his congregation that he has decided to officiate at interfaith weddings, and describing the circumstances under which he will officiate.

    Date: 08-17-2006
  • A Mixed Jewish-Catholic Couple Helps Win the Right for Same-Sex Marriages in Canada

    By Gil Kezwer

    Reprinted news article about the first gay couple to be married in Canada--they were interfaith.

    Date: 01-08-2007
  • Living an Interfaith Life: Guide Offers Stories about Coping with Differences

    By Cynthia Ramsay

    Review of The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterfaithFamily.com Handbook, compiled and edited by Ed Case and Ronnie Friedland of Interfaithfamily.com.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Adventures in Gay Interfaith Marriage

    By Leslie Lavine

    Personal narrative about how religion came between an interfaith couple’s marriage.

    Date: 01-08-2007
  • Why I Am a Unitarian

    By Sara Holtz

    Personal narrative from a Jewish-Protestant intermarried couple who wanted to raise their children with some religion, and found the only reasonable compromise in the Unitarian church, because of what the Jewish partner sees as the "rigidity&quo

    Date: 11-27-2006
  • Interfaith Families and Secular Judaism

    By Cantor and Rabbi Judith Seid

    General information about how interfaith couples and ceremonies are handled by the Secular Humanistic Jewish movement.

    Date: 05-02-2007
  • Jews Looking Outside Synagogues for New Rituals and Life-Cycle Events

    By Sue Fishkoff

    A news article about phenomenon of Jews looking outside of synagogues for p

    Date: 06-07-2007
  • Interfaith Couples Assess "Comfort Level" in Community

    By Mardee Gruen

    A news article where couples in interfaith marriages discussing getting a rabbi to officiate their wedding ceremony and placing their kids in religious school.

    Date: 06-12-2007
  • Israelis Find Ways to Marry outside the Rabbinate

    By Michele Chabin

    Reprinted news article about how more Israelis are not having their weddings performed by an Orthodox rabbi but are going to secular or Reform or Conservative rabbis, or to outside of Israel, to be married. This is especially true of those the Orthodox do

    Date: 07-27-2006
  • Fit to Print?

    By Micah Sachs

    News article on Jewish newspapers’ policies on publishing interfaith wedding announcements.

    Date: 07-02-2007
  • Preventing Interfaith Problems

    By Rabbi Julie Greenberg

    Professional view from a rabbi counseling communication before interfaith conflicts arise.

    Date: 06-23-2006
  • The "PG" --Preacher's Girlfriend

    By Magin McKenna

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman who dated--and married--a Baptist preacher.

    Date: 06-21-2007
  • Beyond the December Dilemma: Can We Incorporate Buddhist Philosophy into Our Life Together?

    By Howard Lovy

    Personal narrative e-mail correspondance between an engaged couple--an agnostic and a Jew--about how to raise their hypothetical future children.

    Date: 06-14-2007
  • Choosing Christianity

    By Tara Remick

    The personal narrative of a woman raised by interfaith parents who converted to Christianity and is raising her son as a Christian, but with awareness of his Jewish heritage.

    Date: 06-07-2007
  • Temple Israel OKs Interfaith Weddings in Its Building

    By Marshall Weiss

    A news article about new policy in a Reform synagogue in Dayton, Ohio, that allows interfaith marriages to take place in the sanctuary as long as the rabbi, who will not perform intermarriages, approves the ceremony, and as long as no non-Jewish symbol

    Date: 07-05-2007
  • Coming Back after Twenty-Five Years

    By Robert Podel

    The personal narrative of a Jewish man who married a Catholic woman, raised his children as Catholic, and returned to Judaism later in his life.

    Date: 06-07-2007
  • Single Situations: My Cousin's Wedding

    By Dana Greene

    Opinion piece and personal narrative from a columnist about her cousin’s interfaith marriage, and whether she should see it as a loss to the Jewish people, or a wonderful tale of true love.

    Date: 08-16-2006
  • Dear Wendy: Confused about Role of Religion in My Life and My Future Children's

    By Wendy Weltman Palmer

    Professional advice article in which a man contemplating intermarriage asks Dr. Wendy advice about his sudden interest in passing Judaism on to his future children.

    Date: 06-13-2007
  • Dispatch from the Institute: It's a Small World, After All . . . Intercultural Interfaith Marriage

    By Amy Perlin Posner

    The story of how the families of a Jewish woman and her Chinese partner found compromise in the planning of their wedding and formed mutual respect for each other’s traditions.

    Date: 07-24-2007

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