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  • Marriage and Relationships

    Information on interfaith marriage and relationships, extended family relationships, advice and more.

    Date: 07-10-2009
  • The I Do's and Don'ts of Intercultural Marriage

    By Rebecca R. Kahlenberg

    News/advice article interviewing experts on intercultural and interfaith relationships on how to bridge differences in couples with partners from different cultures.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Om-Shalomers Come of Age: Children of Jewish and Hindu Parents Are Emerging as a New Cultural Subset

    By Jeremy Caplan

    A news article about the growing number of Jewish-Hindu intermarriages and the "HinJew" children that such relationships produce.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Issues Interfaith Families Confront, Plus Six Tips for Couples Considering Intermarriage

    By Debbie Whitehill

    Professional view describing some of the major issues interfaith couples face, from the religion of future kids to loyalty issues toward their "families of origin".  The article also includes six tips for how to address these issues.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • 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
  • How We Raise Children in Our Chinese-Jewish Family

    By Jack Botwinik

    The personal narrative of a Jewish man who is married to an Oriental woman and is teaching his children about all of their heritage, speaking to them in Yiddish and Cantonese.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Perfecting the Art of Arguing: Jewish Women and Their Non-Jewish Mates

    By Sue Eisenfeld

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman discussing the very different communication styles of her and her husband-and how they work on the argument gap.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Ten Tips to Avoiding Conflict in an Interfaith Marriage

    By Jim Keen

    An advice article giving ten tips for having a successful interfaith marriage-- including communication, participation and planning.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Opening Up Communication in an Interfaith Relationship

    By Dr. Paula Brody

    A professional view/advice article about communication in interfaith relationships and the importance of discussing each partner’s individual religious needs before discussing religious questions involving children.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Love Despite Opposition: An Italian Jew and Pakistani Muslim

    By David & Nadia

    Personal narrative by an interfaith Italian Jewish-Pakastani Muslim couple who are determined to "make it work" despite the opposition of both families.

    Date: 01-02-2007
  • Not Interfaith, Our Faith

    By Susan Goldstein

    Personal narrative about the relationship between a Jewish woman and a Muslim man.

    Date: 01-02-2007
  • If You Love Each Other Enough ... Marriage Is Still Not Easy!

    By S. Courtney Nathan

    A professional advice about marriage and how after the glitz and glamour of the wedding, being married will be like a new show--painful and awkward at first.  The author also suggests several books about how to make a good marriage.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Our Interfaith Relationship

    By Steve Ettinger

    Personal narrative from a Jewish man married a Buddhist/Shinto Japanese woman on how she supports him at High Holiday services and he supports her when she plays organ for an Episcopalian church choir.

    Date: 12-21-2006
  • Interfaith, Interracial, Intercultural . . . and Loving It!

    By Alina Adams

    A personal narrative from a Jewish immigrant woman on her Christian African-American husband and their decision to raise their sons as 100% Jewish and 100% New Yorkers.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Embracing the Identity of "Mixed Family"

    By Nora Lester Murad

    Professional advice from a professor about the need for all members--not just those "of color"-- in mixed families to develop a "mixed family identity" and discuss that identity with children and family.

    Date: 01-02-2007
  • Finding Their Voice: Jews of Color Are Slowly Putting Their Concerns on the Communal Agenda

    By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

    The story of African-American Jews-by-choice and the prejudice they often receive from people in the Jewish community.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Oasis: An Arab-Jewish Romance in the Negev Desert

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    Personal narrative by an Jewish woman whose family is descended from Jews from Iraq describing the delights and dilemmas of dating a Bedouin Muslim man in Israel.

    Date: 01-02-2007
  • An Email Conversation between Father and Daughter

    By Gail Wertheimer

    An e-mail an intermarried woman sent to her father, who was concerned about how her kids could have a strong Jewish identity if their father didn’t convert to Judaism.

    Date: 11-09-2006
  • The Lonely Journey of a Puerto Rican Jew

    By Franklin Velazquez

    Personal narrative of a Puerto Rican convert to Judaism, who is struggling to fit in his suburban synagogue and trying to reconcile the differences between himself and his non-Jewish wife.

    Date: 03-05-2007
  • A Very Difficult Thing to Do . . . Telling Your Parents That You Are Raising Your Children in Your Partner's Faith

    By Dr. Paula Brody

    Professional view on how to decide which religion to raise your children and how, and when, to tell both sets of partents about this decision.

    Date: 12-03-2006
  • 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
  • Dear Rabbi: Jewish Woman Married to Muslim Man, Raising His Christian Children

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    A rabbi gives advice to a Jewish woman raising her Muslim husband’s children as Jews until her father-in-law, upset at the arrangement, causes her husband to become abusive and unwilling to allow the children to practive Judaism.

    Date: 06-14-2007
  • Dispatch from the Institute: So You Think You've Got Problems?

    By Hannah Greenstein

    Review of Forbidden Marriages in the Holy Land, by Michael Khleifi. a film about relationships between people of various religions in the Middle East, and how they, their friends, and families respond and cope.

    Date: 01-02-2007
  • How Religious Differences Came Between Us

    By Elyn Perzley

    Article about interfaith couple raising Jewish daughters whose non-Jewish relatives resent their keeping kosher and not raising the kids as Catholics.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Telling Your Family You're Raising Your Children Jewish

    By Ronnie Caplane

    General information and professional advice about interfaith couples and some examples of how couples have told parents about religious decisions for children.

    Date: 12-03-2006
  • Common Values Shared between a Jew and a Muslim

    By Esther Meyers

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman married to a Muslim man sharing how they negotiate their faiths, and how they teach their child to be a good person.

    Date: 01-03-2007
  • A Surprising Challenge In An Intercultural Relationship

    By Ruby Velez

    She thought she liked Jewish food, until she married into a Jewish family and had a child with severe food allergies.

    Date: 08-07-2008
  • Caught Between Two Faiths

    By Stewart Ain

    Reprinted news article about a boy whose feuding divorced parents are sending him to both Catholic and Jewish religious schools.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Your Daughter Has Something to Tell You...

    By J. Singh

    Personal narrative from an Indian-Italian Catholic woman who had to tell her parents she was dating a Jewish girl.

    Date: 12-26-2006
  • Why Non-Jewish Spouses Sometimes Think That Jews Are Weird

    By Edmund Case

    The personal narrative of a Jewish man whose wife pointed out to him that many Jews are somewhat hypocritical in feeling uncomfortable when Jews convert to another faith, but openly accepting and supporting people of other faiths who decide to convert

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • In Between

    By Eric Pliner

    Personal narrative by a gay, Jewish man in an interfaith relationship describing how he has learned to see and feel comfortable wtih the grey area between Jew and non-Jew.

    Date: 06-06-2007
  • 500 Years after the Inquisition, Spaniards Find Way back to Judaism

    By Jerome Socolovsky

    A news story about Spaniards who are discovering that their ancestors were among the Chuetas, people of Jewish origin who were accused of being Hidden Jews after the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, and now plan to return to their he

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Summer Camps Go for Diversity

    By Chanan Tigay

    A news article about Jewish summer camps reaching out to diverse Jewish populations: kids with gay parents, kids with interfaith parents, kids in multi-cultural and multi-racial families.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother: Reflections on Being Part of An Interfaith Family

    By Rabbi Reena Waseman Judd

    Personal narrative about a rabbi who married a Jew-by-choice, and is extremely close with her husband’s family although the couple is raising their children Jewish and don’t participate in his extended family’s Christian holiday celebrat

    Date: 11-07-2006
  • Passage to India

    By Carol Kort

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman whose brother left to live on an ashram in India 32 years ago and now longer practices Judaism or identifies as Jewish.

    Date: 11-07-2006
  • Half Jewish, Half Italian and Half American

    By Suzanne Koven

    The personal narrative of a Jewish New Yorker about her marriage to her Catholic-Italian husband and their Jewish wedding ceremony.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • It's All About the Food

    By Sue Feder

    Personal narrative about a Jewish-Catholic interfaith couple who like different foods, but don’t let it get between them.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • STILL JEWISH! What It Means Now to Be a Jewish Woman in an Interfaith Marriage

    By Jeri Zeder

    A personal narrative about how the women’s movement has changed the role of women in interfaith marriages.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • The Perfect Recipe

    By Heather Subba

    How a Jewish woman and her Nepali husband have come closer through their discovery of each others' cuisines.

    Date: 01-03-2008
  • A Star of David in a Land of the Crescent

    By Miriam Emons

    Personal narrative by a Jewish woman whose family was living in the MIddle East, where she fell in love with a Muslim man, but realized that the pressure of being surrounded by his family and culture, with its differing societal expectations, would be

    Date: 01-03-2007
  • Sikh and Jew: East Meets West

    By Daniel Koch

    The personal narrative of a Jewish man from the Midwestern United States and his wife from an Overseas Indian community in the Far East on how they have made their interfaith marriage last 25 years.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Waiting Outside the Promised Land

    By Lesley Williams

    Personal narrative from a black convert to Judaism who is uncomfortable with her synagogue’s focus on Yiddishkei, lack of diversity and subtle racism.

    Date: 12-26-2006
  • Handling Religion in Our Blended Family

    By Paula Lee Hellman

    Personal narrative about a blended, interfaith family where there are more questions and explanations than conflicts.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Tips for Responding to Insensitive Comments About Interfaith Families

    By Sarah Litvin

    A series of tips from outreach experts on how children and adults should respond when they hear negative comments about intermarriage.

    Date: 08-24-2006
  • Overlapping Faiths: High Intermarriage Rates, High Divorce Rates--What Happens When They Mix?

    By Leisah Woldoff

    Reprinted news article about divorce of Jewish man and a woman who had converted to Judaism when she married but when divorced reverted to her Catholicism. They have one child, and the mother wants child to be able to choose his own religion while fath

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Dear Dr. Paula: Confused by My Boyfriend's Family's Religious Christmas

    By Dr. Paula Brody

    Professional view "Dear Dr. Paula" article about a Jewish woman’s feelings after visiting her religiously Catholic boyfriend’s parents’ house over Christmas.

    Date: 06-14-2007
  • Interfaith Questions Faced by a Jewish-Puerto Rican Couple

    By Sheryl Santiago

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman who married a Puerto Rican non-Jewish man and raised their child Jewish.

    Date: 01-25-2007
  • Subtle Parenting Choices in Our American-Palestinian, Jewish-Muslim Family

    By Nora Lester Murad

    Personal narrative from an intermarried American Jewish woman describing her feelings of being torn between raising a family in America or Palestine/Israel.

    Date: 01-03-2007
  • Locked Doors

    By Vered Levy-Barzilai

    Reprinted news article about the Orthodox gay community, and their scholarly and social efforts to gain acceptance.

    Date: 01-08-2007
  • Lily's Bat Mitzvah

    By Daniel Bender

    A man’s personal narrative about the Jewish community in Honolulu and on his daughter’s two-part Bat Mitzvah-- one in Hawaii with flower leis and Japanese drummers and the other in Maine with bagels and lox.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Telling My Christian Parents I'm Raising My Children in the Jewish Faith

    By Cheryl Opper

    Personal narrative by a Christian woman describing her parents’ reactions to her news that they would have Jewish grandchildren:  her father was enthusiastic, and her mother warmed to the idea with time.

    Date: 12-03-2006
  • The Strength of Our Interfaith Marriage

    By Annie Modesitt

    The personal narrative of a non-Jewish woman who is raising Jewish children with her Jewish husband and is on the path to convert to Judaism.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Gefilte Fish Con Maduros: A Multicultural Jewish Family

    By Aliza Hausman

    A Dominican-American convert to Judaism discusses people's disbelief over her marriage to a white Jewish man.

    Date: 07-21-2008
  • When My Jewish Father Became Involved with a Born-Again Christian

    By Tracy Boriskin

    Personal narrative by a young woman whose Jewish parents divorced following a financial crisis, and whose father has recently re-married a formerly evangelical Christian woman who cares less about material possessions than his first wife did.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Family Matters: Mixed Families, Jewish Choices

    By Amy Blumenfeld

    A general information article about Ed Case, the outreach debate, and various opinions about intermarriage and the place of interfaith families in the synagogue.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Hey, They Were Reading Your Book in Church Today!

    By Suzanne Koven

    Personal narrative about how a Jewish woman’s Catholic mother-in-law gently prodded her to become more Jewishly observant.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Tips for Telling Your Parents About Your Interfaith Relationship

    By Carol S. Targum

    Advice for "coming out" to your parents about your relationship with someone of another faith.

    Date: 06-11-2013
  • Interdating and Kids: When You Do What You Do--and Not What You Say

    By Ilene Springer

    Personal narrative from a divorced woman who always told her children to marry Jews, but who is now dating a non-Jew herself.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Our Blended Family

    By Ellen S. Glazer

    Personal narrative about a blended interfaith family where everyone has different levels of religious feeling, from absolutely none to a high level.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • What a Blessing: My Re-Marriage and Our Interfaith Family

    By Barbara A. Miksch

    Personal narrative about the successful creation of a blended, interfaith family out of two divorced parents, each with a grown son.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Cultural Differences and Value Similarities: How We Deal with It All

    By Judi Brooks

    A white Jewish woman discusses the ways that she and her African-American Christian husband have negotiated differences to form a close family.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Interfaith Divorce in an Imperfect World

    By Judith Erger

    General information about interfaith divorce.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Avoiding Bicultural Schizophrenia

    By Shoshana Hebshi-Holt

    Personal narrative by the daughter of a Saudi man and a Jewish woman who was raised as a Jew, describing how she is always made to feel like "a freak", and how she wishes Jews and Muslims had more face-to-face contact.

    Date: 01-03-2007
  • Can Stereotypes Be Helpful?

    By Edie Mueller

    A writer explores the value of Jewish stereotypes and Catholic stereotypes.

    Date: 10-16-2007
  • Lessons Learned from Israel's Jewish/Muslim/Christian "Peace Village"

    By Joseph Andrews

    Reprinted news article about Neve Shalom/Wahat-al-Salam", a half-Jewish, half-Arab Muslim village in Israel whose villagers are committed to teaching, learning, and living about and with each other.

    Date: 01-03-2007
  • Single Situations: About My Last Column

    By Dana Greene

    Reprinted personal narrative column about interdating and intermarriage, and the responsibilities--to your family, your people, your own emotions--that singles juggle in thinking about romantic relationships.

    Date: 11-09-2006
  • Living Well in the Extended Interfaith Family

    By Karen Kushner

    Professional view including tips on the best way to create a welcoming Jewish environment for non-Jewish relatives.

    Date: 05-31-2007
  • Same House, Different Faiths

    By Cathy Lynn Grossman

    An informative news article discussing the results of the 2001 American Religious Identification Survey and interfaith families in America.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Negotiating Identities: Queer Interfaith Couples Share their Stories

    By Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

    General information about interfaith gay and lesbian couples and their seeming nonchalance about being interfaith, an identity which is trumped by their queer identity.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • A Grandmother's Gift

    By Ellen S. Glazer

    Personal narrative about a young Jewish girl's Catholic grandmother, who gave her a diamond Star of David necklace.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Learning from Experience: Real Life with Extended Interfaith Families

    By Amy Elkes

    Personal narrative about a Jewish woman’s frustration with her boyfriend’s family’s ignorance about all things Jewish, but her appreciation of their willingness to learn.

    Date: 11-09-2006
  • When a Child Converts

    By Rabbi Diane Cohen

    Personal narrative by a rabbi who is hurt by, but eventually accepts, her two sons’ conversion to Christianity.

    Date: 11-09-2006
  • Interfaith at the Top

    By Rabbi Lev Baesh

    Personal narrative by a gay rabbi describing how his interfaith relationship has "enriched our families, our community, and ourselves."

    Date: 01-08-2007
  • 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
  • Jerusalem of Pink

    By Jenny Hazan

    Reprinted news article about the LGBTQ pride parade in Jerusalem, sponsered by Love without Borders, Al-Fatiha Foundation for gay and lesbian Muslims, and the Keshet Ga’avah World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews.

    Date: 01-08-2007
  • Reconciliation: Embracing a Gay Interfaith Relationship

    By Daniel Seymour

    Personal narrative about a gay man in an interfaith relationship which was at first difficult to navigate, but through many loving conversations, has worked out.

    Date: 01-08-2007
  • Dolphin Skins in the Desert and the Making of a Miraculous Bar Mitzvah

    By Beth Gilbert

    Reprinted profile of Mason Washauer, the son of divorced interfaith parents, who decided he wanted a Jewish education, and so travels seventy miles twice a week to a synagogue in Missouri.

    Date: 08-14-2007
  • Lessons from the Margins

    By Karen Erlichman

    Professional view from an interfaith program director describing the lessons that interfaith couples can learn from the LGBTQ community in terms of coming-out and fitting-into Jewish communal life. 

    Date: 01-08-2007
  • The Challenge of Being Me

    By Kyra Davis

    Personal narrative from a black Jewish woman who isn’t a misfit and has experienced little racism or anti-Semitism.

    Date: 12-26-2006
  • Momo and Matzoh: Our Tibetan-Jewish Marriage

    By Julia Gutman

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman who is married to a Buddhist man who was raised in a culture that frowned on open argument.

    Date: 12-27-2006
  • She Wants Revenge's Justin Warfield: A Profile in Black and White

    By Karla S. Blume

    Feature on Justin Warfield, lead singer of She Wants Revenge, who’s got nothing but gratitude for his Russian-Romanian-Jewish-Southern-African-American upbringing.

    Date: 12-26-2006
  • What's Different about Gay Wedding Ceremonies?

    By Rabbi Miriam Jerris

    Professional view from a Secular Humanist rabbi describing gay wedding ceremonies she has developed and officiated.

    Date: 01-08-2007
  • Creating Our Own Religious Traditions and Helping Our Parents Adjust

    By Rena Mello

    Personal narrative from a Catholic woman who agreed to raise Jewish children, but who made special efforts to exclude certain rituals (like ritual circumcision in the home) that made her and her parents uncomfortable.

    Date: 12-03-2006
  • Adventures in Gay Interfaith Marriage

    By Leslie Lavine

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

    Date: 01-08-2007
  • Interfaith Divorce, a Life Passage That It Is Possible to Do Well

    By Rabbi Julie Greenberg

    Professional view on the importance of avoiding power struggles (that sometimes manifest as religion struggles) in interfaith divorces.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • You're Raising Them What? Telling Your Parents You Are Raising Jewish Kids

    By Jim Keen

    Personal narrative by a Protestant man describing how he and his Jewish wife prepared to tell his parents that they planned to raise Jewish kids, but they still really wanted his parents’ help in raising them.

    Date: 12-03-2006
  • Being "Both": Claiming Dual Identity as a Biracial Jew

    By Lisa W. Rosenberg

    Personal narrative from a woman whose Jewish mother and black father were united by civil rights and who began exploring her heritage in college.

    Date: 12-26-2006
  • Salt Cod on Shabbat

    By Rachel Rockenmacher

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman who is raising her son Jewish, but teaching him Portuguese, with her Azorean non-Jewish husband.

    Date: 03-05-2007
  • Tostones and Matzoh: A Puerto Rican-Jewish Journey

    By Teresita Levy

    The personal narrative of a Catholic Puerto Rican woman and the the story behind her traditionally Jewish last name.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Love and Intermarriage: Why I Won't Sit Shiva If My Children Marry Gentiles

    By Vanessa L. Ochs

    Reprinted opinion piece by a mother who hopes her daughters will find romantic partners that will help develop--though not necessarily match--their faith.

    Date: 11-13-2006
  • Overcoming Our Religious Differences

    By Madhavi Kushner

    Personal narrative from a non-Jewish atheist who dealt with questions from her own family, and worries from her husband’s Jewish family.

    Date: 11-13-2006
  • Dear Dr. Paula: Why Won't My Boyfriend Invite Me to Temple?

    By Dr. Paula Brody

    Professional view "Dear Dr. Paula" article about how repetiton builds comfort, and how the High Holidays are perhaps not the best time for a Christian’s first experience in a synagogue.

    Date: 06-14-2007
  • Interfaith Marriage: A Compilation of Supportive Resources

    By Frances G. Kaufmann

    Professional view compilation of books about lifecycle events and important decisions and discussions for interfaith couples and families.

    Date: 06-26-2007
  • Activism as an Aphrodisiac

    By Sue Eisenfeld

    Personal narrative about how wanting to improve the world drew an interfaith couple together and keeps them united.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Interfaith Peace During Our Marriage, Hell After

    By Carol Churgin

    Personal narrative about a Jewish woman who is divorced from her Catholic husband, who was originally enthusiastic about raising their son as a Jew, but has recently withdrawn into his own religion and wants to share it with his (recently bar mitzvahed

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Helping My Christian Parents Understand Their Grandchildren's Judaism

    By Jim Keen

    Personal narrative by an intermarried Protetant man describing his parents’ active participation and appreciation in his wife’s and children’s Judaism.

    Date: 11-21-2006
  • Interfaith Marriage: Sometimes It's Easier

    By Lois Leveen

    She's been in an interfaith relationship for 18 years, and she sees the Kiddush cup as half full, instead of half empty.

    Date: 09-26-2008
  • Interfaith Gay Parenting

    By Cynthia Kalish

    Personal narrative about a lesbian Jewish woman, her Christian (lifelong) partner, and their daughter who they are raising as a Jew.

    Date: 01-08-2007
  • Opening Yourself to Danger

    By Zack Kushner

    Personal narrative from a Jewish man married to a non-Jewish woman recalling the whispers and doubts he’s heard about his interfaith relationship.

    Date: 08-24-2006
  • Numb

    By Shoshana Hebshi-Holt

    Personal narrative from the daughter of an Arab Muslim father and an American Jewish mother describing her numbness following the September 11 attacks.

    Date: 01-03-2007
  • Thank God My Husband Is a Former Presbyterian/Quaker Agnostic

    By Sue Eisenfeld

    Personal narrative from an intermarried Jewish woman who says her Jewish identity is in her religious practice, it’s in her salivary glands, her genes, her brain and her temperament.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • After Divorce: Will the Children Still be Raised Jewish?

    By Ellen Schur Brown

    News story about the complications following interfaith divorce.

    Date: 07-27-2007
  • Approaching Our 27th Anniversary

    By Janice G. Fischel

    Personal narrative about an intermarried couple who have created and raised a culturally Jewish family.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Letting Go: A Lesbian Mom Brings Her Son to the Mikveh

    By Johanna Hammer

    The challenges we faced finding a religious home as a gay interfaith couple made us committed to raising children with a unified religious identity.

    Date: 10-22-2008
  • Diversity of Color Shines Through Black and White Photo Exhibit

    By Shoshana Hebshi-Holt

    A news article about the interracial, multi-cultural Jewish families that participated in Camp Tawonga’s Mosaic Multiracial Family Weekend.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • We Called It a Marriage Renewal

    By Paula C. Yablonsky

    The personal narrative of a woman who renewed her wedding vows with her husband on their 18th anniversary in a traditional Jewish ceremony.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Doing It by the Book

    By Teresa McMahon

    Personal narrative by a Chrsitian intermarried woman who is raising Jewish children, describing her monthly book group meeting which, coincidentally, also has become an interfaith marriage theraphy session.

    Date: 06-14-2007
  • Appeals Court Backs Jewish Dad’s Bid in Custody Battle

    By Enid Weiss

    Reprinted news article about a dispute in a divorce case over whether the children should be raised Catholic, going to CCD, or Jewish, going to Hebrew school.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Interfaith Ignorance Is All in the Family

    By Gary Goldhammer

    Personal narrative from a Jewish man married to a Christian woman. They both practice Judaism at their Reconstructionist synagogue, but his sister doesn’t accept them.

    Date: 11-07-2006
  • Proud "Jewpanese" Americans

    By Paul Golin

    The personal narrative of a man who works for the Jewish Outreach Institute and plans to use his experience with the organization to raise children with a knowledge of their mother’s Japanese heritage and their father’s Jewish-American roots.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Dear Dr. Paula: Do I Need to Tell My Parents about Our Religious Choice for Our Children?

    By Dr. Paula Brody

    Professional view from Reform outreach professional about the importance of telling parents about religious decisions for your children.

    Date: 06-04-2007
  • In India, Every Day Is Mother's Day

    By Susan Katz

    The personal narrative of a Jewish American woman on her marriage to a Muslim man from India and her ethnically diverse extended family.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Marriage within Marriage

    By Wendy Weltman Palmer

    Professional advice from a marriage therapist on the multiple stages of marriage.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Does OK Really Mean OK?

    By Julia Gutman

    Personal narrative from an ethnically Jewish Buddhist about the linguistic difficulties she has in disagreements with her Tibetan Buddhist husband.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Spicy Lentils and Basmati Rice for Shabbat

    By Esther Meyers

    The personal narrative of a Jewish woman who is raising her Jewish son with her Pakistani-Muslim partner.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Call Me Old Fashioned, But...

    By C. Andrew Martin

    Personal narrative by the non-Jewish partner of a rabbi describing his experiences in synagogue, and his thoughts about the obligations of his unique relationship.

    Date: 01-08-2007
  • Argentine Custody Battle over Religion

    By Florencia Arbiser

    Reprinted news article about divorced interfaith parents’ court fight in Argentina about whether the Catholic mother could deny the children their Jewish heritage and learning.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Bringing Home the Melting Pot

    By Peggy Dorf

    The personal narrative of a woman whose liberal, Jewish, New York City upbringing was in direct contrast to her husband’s conservative, Catholic upbringing in Oregon.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Wedding Preparation from a Different Angle

    By Neil Kominsky

    A review of Beyond Breaking the Glass, a book about wedding planning from the perspective of Reform Judaism that discusses some of the more obscure customs, as well as the issues of same-sex and interfaith marriages.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Hybrids Aren't Just Roses

    By Carol Weiss Rubel

    Personal narrative by a Catholic woman (and the child of interfaith parents) who is married to a divorced observant Jew, which has caused major rifts in his family. 

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • The German Son-in-Law

    By Joan Millman

    Personal narrative about Jewish woman trying to come to terms with her German son-in-law and her daughter’s choice not to raise her children in any religion.

    Date: 11-07-2006
  • The Blessing of Two Mothers

    By Peggy Dorf

    Personal narrative from a woman who didn’t expect to intermarry but did--and received the blessing of her mother and her Catholic husband’s mother.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Keeping the Interfaith, for My Dad

    By Wilson E. Baer

    Personal narrative from the bar mitzvah aged son of interfaith parents describing his strong Jewish identity, but also the importance of his father’s Christian heritage in his life.

    Date: 07-27-2007
  • Our Braided Heritage

    By Debbie Popiel White

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman married to a black man about how Jewish preschool is giving their daughter a strong Jewish identity.

    Date: 01-02-2007
  • Interfaith or Intercultural?

    By Sue Feder

    Personal narrative about why the marriage between a Jew and a Catholic from different socio-economic backgrounds worked out better than marriages between two lower-middle class Jews or two middle-middle class Catholics:  similar val

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Power and Passion in Interfaith Relationships

    By Carla Haimowitz

    A professional view/advice article on the benefits of being in an interfaith relationship-- including exposure to culture and greater appreciation of one’s religion.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Him, Her, or Us: The Family Loyalty Knot

    By Eleanor Jaffe

    Professional view from a social worker facilitating interfaith couples’ workshops describing the comments of interfaith couples and their parents, and explaining, in general terms, the generational gap.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • The Pain of Religious Differences in the Family and the Healing Power of Love

    By Martha Little

    Personal narrative from a non-Jewish woman remembering her first experience meeting her Jewish future sister-in-law

    Date: 11-14-2006
  • When Intermarriage in the Extended Family Affects Our Religious Observance

    By Nancy Reuben Greenfield

    Personal narrative about how an observant family went to visit an intermarried, non-religious family over Shabbat, and their internal and (thanks to their child) verbal debate over whether to "do as the Romans do", or insist on observing th

    Date: 11-09-2006
  • A Rabbi's Perspective on the Subtle Issues That Can Arise in an Interfaith Marriage

    By Rabbi Elias Lieberman

    Professional view about the conflicts and controversies couples face, which derive partially from personal choice and opinion, and  partially from cultural/religious upbringing.

    Date: 06-14-2007
  • Divorced, Remarried, and Discovered Judaism

    By Paula Lee Hellman

    Personal narrative about a divorced, formerly intermarried woman who realizes that religion does matter, and hopes that her grown children will find a way to the Jewish education and spiritual feelings she never gave them as children.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • A New Generation of Filmmakers in France Focuses on Jewish Issues

    By Andrew Diamond

    A review of three new French films about the Holocaust or Nazi-occupied France:  The War in Paris, Cafe au Lait, Once We Grow Up.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Preventing Interfaith Problems

    By Rabbi Julie Greenberg

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

    Date: 06-23-2006
  • Dear Rabbi: Jewish Words

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    Professional advice from a rabbi to a man whose father-in-law asked him not to use so many "Jewish words" since they make his (non-Jewish) future sister-in-law uncomfortable.

    Date: 11-13-2006
  • Network Strives to Embrace Jews of All Races, Ethnicities

    By Mica Rosenberg

    A news article about multicultural families in the Jewish community and the organizations that are reaching out to such families.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Kosher Gospel Rocks the House at Seder Celebrating Jewish Diversity

    By Chanan Tigay

    A news article about the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of the Jewish faith, focusing on African-American Jews who used to travels miles in order to prayer together in a black Jewish community, rather than in a local white European shul.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • How I Prepared My Kids for Their First Mass and Their Aunt's Catholic Wedding

    By Jeri Zeder

    Personal narrative about how a Jewish mom prepared her children--and herself--to participate in the Catholic wedding of her sister-in-law.

    Date: 11-09-2006
  • 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
  • Finding the "Right" Suburb

    By Emily Cappo

    Personal narrative about an intermarried Jewish woman whose family was moving out of New York City to a suburb, describing how the religious composition of the town became an unexpected factor in her famiily’s search for where to live.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • "You Have Shamed Us"

    By Marina Budhos

    Personal narrative from a woman whose Jewish mother was disowned by her grandfather when she married an Indian man from the Caribbean.

    Date: 06-01-2007
  • The Clash of Religion: A Sister's Point of View

    By Marylin Greene

    Personal narrative by a Jewish woman who knew nothing about her intermarried brother’s plans for his children’s religious upbringing until she recieved an invitation to a baptism, and she and her mother feel angry and upset.

    Date: 11-09-2006
  • Do We Want to Be Who We Really Are?

    By Dr Gary A. Tobin

    Reprinted professional view contrasting the mythic (close-knit, proud, homogenous) Jewish American family from the real (interfaith, diverse, dispersed) one.

    Date: 11-13-2006
  • Seeds

    By Reika Dutta

    Personal narrative from an Indian woman whose sister is married to a Jewish man about the subtle ways racism and anti-Semitism can seep into families’ attitudes toward their in-laws.

    Date: 01-02-2007
  • 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
  • Four Generations Living Together: An Interfaith Mosaic

    By Margery Clapp

    Personal narrative by a Jewish woman whose mother lives with her, and whose daughter, her Christian husband, and their children have lived with her too, making it hard for the older generations to ignore or not have input into their religious

    Date: 11-13-2006
  • A Newfound Love and a Lost Friendship

    By Heather Subba

    Personal narrative from a Reform Jewish woman whose Orthodox friend strongly disapproved of her relationship with a non-Jew.

    Date: 06-06-2007
  • Dispatch from the Institute: Divorce and the Interfaith Couple

    By Gail Quets

    Professsional advice and list of dos and don’ts of how to comfort and think about a newly divorced intermarried partner and why that divorce happened. 

    Date: 12-10-2006
  • Working Together on a Social Justice Project Strengthened Our Marriage

    By Edie Mueller

    The story of an intermarried woman whose husband supports the Palestinians while she supports the Israelis, but working on a joint social action project on the issue helped them to talk about it more constructively.

    Date: 06-19-2007
  • Dear Wendy: A Question about My Daughter's Bat Mitzvah

    By Wendy Weltman Palmer

    Professional advice "Dear Wendy" article about a Catholic woman whose parents did not approve of her raising Jewish children and who now has to decide whether to invite them to her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.

    Date: 11-07-2006
  • A Look Inside the Communication Gap

    By Jane Blumenthal Martin

    Tips on how to communicate in interfaith or intercultural relationships from Joel Crohn, author of Mixed Matches: How to Create Successful Interracial, Interethnic, and Interfaith Relationships, and other experts.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • What's Jewish about the Jewish Wedding?

    By Jeffrey S. Salkin

    An informative article on the traditional Jewish wedding, providing explanations for many ancient customs.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Family Secrets and Tensions

    By Nina Amir Lacey

    Personal narrative by a Jewish woman whose husband converted, and who is raising Jewish kids, yet who has never discussed the religious upbringing of her children with her in-laws, and knows that they are uncomfortable with hearing their grandchildren

    Date: 11-13-2006
  • American As Apple Pie

    By Susan C. Richard

    Personal narrative about a gay woman’s interfaith hetero- and homo-sexual relationships, and her journey back to Judaism.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Single, and Together at Last: The story of Kay Harris

    By Debra B. Darvick

    Reprinted personal narrative about a woman who converted to Judaism to marry her husband, and after their divorce found that it had actually become her own.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • In a Heartbeat

    By Jeri Zeder

    A Jewish woman explains how she and her Catholic husband overcome their differences through religious compromise, love and skepticism.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Extending a Welcome to Extended Family

    By Jim Keen

    Personal narrative from an intermarried Protestant man about how important it is that he and his wife include their extended families in family events.

    Date: 11-13-2006
  • Dear Wendy: My Intermarried Son Is Getting Divorced

    By Wendy Weltman Palmer

    Professional advice Dear Wendy article in which grandmother asks advice about what she can do when her intermarried son divorces and she is worried about the religious future of her granddaughter.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Intermarriage Can and Does Work

    By Nadine Soo-Hoo Levy

    The personal narrative of a Chinese-American woman about her marriage to a Jewish man and how their successful marriage has lasted forty years.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Black Torah, or Funny, You Don't Look Jewish

    By Karen Kushner

    An informative article discussing how it is necessary for the Jewish community to welcome Jews of color and interfaith families, since such people make up a significant portion of the Jewish population.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Grupo Hispano Celebrates a Buen 5767

    By Roberto Loiederman

    News story about an old school synagogue in Los Angeles that’s been infused with new Latino blood.

    Date: 01-25-2007
  • When Jewish David Met Irish Eileen: Intermarriage, '70s-Style

    By Eli Valley

    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: 10-16-2007
  • Mixing without Blending

    By Jane Telluride

    Personal narrative from a Christian intermarried woman who was frustrated the Jewish holidays were observed with greater deference than Christian ones in their home, and decided to change that. 

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Bridging Differences in Gay and Lesbian Interfaith Partnerships

    By Rabbi Amber Powers

    Professional view from a gay rabbi about the special and differing needs and expectations gay interfaith couples have of synagogues.

    Date: 05-31-2013
  • Dancing the Mezhinka: A Sister's Perspective

    By Debbie Abrams

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman who is the only child in her family marrying another Jew, describing her frustration that her siblings’ intermarriages has torn her family apart, and wondering how--and if--she can fit disapproval of intermarri

    Date: 11-13-2006
  • Of Crucifixes, Latkes, and Overcoming Stereotypes

    By Jennifer Pacquette

    Personal narrative about a Jewish woman in a serious relationship with a Catholic man who cringes at the sight of a cross yet decided to study Catholicism in an attempt to appreciate and accept it, and is hoping that, in time, her partner’s fam

    Date: 06-26-2007
  • Divorced, Traditional Mother of Two with a Non-Jewish Boyfriend

    By Jennifer Pacquette

    Personal narrative by a traditionally observant Jewish woman and her relationship with a non-Jewish boyfriend, and the benefits and challenges of the situation for herself and her two kids. 

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Nuclear (Family) Fusion: Seeing the World through Another's Eyes

    By Alina Adams

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman married to a black man... or is it a black woman married to a Jewish man?

    Date: 12-26-2006
  • Divorce and the Interfaith Family

    By Rabbi Jeffrey A. Marx

    Professional advice from a rabbi about how divorced interfaith parents tend to seek solice in their own religious traditions, and how it is essential that families include a binding decision on the children’s religious upbringing in the divorce docu

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Temple Professor Works to Create Center on Afro-Jewish History

    By Rachel Silverman

    News article about a new institute for the study of black-Jewish history in Philadelphia.

    Date: 04-19-2007
  • One Gay, Interfaith, Interracial Relationship

    By * Tova

    Profile of one interfaith lesbian couple and how their interfaith and lesbian identiites complement each other.

    Date: 07-05-2007
  • Finding Answers in Judaism: D.C. Author/Educator Celebrates Dual Identities

    By Jacqueline Sternberg

    Feature about Carolivia Herron, who grew up black, became Jewish and wrote Nappy Hair.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • 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
  • Divorced, Not Jewish, but My Kids Are

    By Daniel Little

    Personal narrative from a divorced, formerly intermarried man who is, and always has been, supportive and appreciative of his children’s strong Jewish identities (and other accomplishments). 

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Making Peace Personal: Jews, Muslims and Christians Reach Out and Discover "the Enemy Has a Face"

    By Nafeesa Syeed

    Reprinted news article about Jewish-Muslim relaitonships--friendships, romances, and neighbors. 

    Date: 01-03-2007
  • Sulha Dismantles Religious Walls, Co-Founder Says Here

    By Alexandra J. Wall

    Reprinted news article about Gabriel Meyer and his Sulha program, which aims to bring Arabs and Jews together socially.

    Date: 01-03-2007
  • The Road to Acceptance

    By Abby Spotts

    The personal narrative of a Jewish woman who decided with her Catholic husband that they would have a Jewish wedding and raise their children Jewish, but still feared the scrutiny of her friends and family.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Flexibility Is Key

    By Nancy Laufer

    Personal narrative by a non-Jewish woman whose parents were at first relieved when she married a nice Jewish boy, but later felt hurt that their grandchildren were not being taught their family traditions.

    Date: 05-31-2007
  • Navigating Culture and History

    By Karen Engels

    The personal narrative of  Jewish woman who often felt the effects of cultural differences while growing up in predominately Christian neighborhood, but felt less cultural dissonance with her American-German husband who grew up in a Jewish neighbo

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Family Has Faith That Religious Diversity in the Home Will Work

    By Jill McDonnell

    A personal narrative about an interfaith family in Missouri who is raising Jewish kids.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • New study: 1 in 5 American Jews Not Ashkenazi

    By Joe Eskenazi

     A news article about the 20% of the Jewish community that is ethnically diverse.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • The Delicate Balance: On the Importance of Good Communication in Interfaith Marriages

    By Sue Stettner

    The director of an outreach program discusses the difficulties and benefits of an interfaith relationship.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Thirty-One Intermarried Years Later

    By Jacqueline Martins

    The personal narrative of a woman who is very involved with her Conservative synagogue, along with her two adult daughters and Catholic husband.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • He's Jewish, I'm Jewish and It's Still a Mixed Marriage!

    By Debra B. Darvick

    Personal narrative from a woman who is Jewish, and whose husband is Jewish, yet whose differing views of religion and spirituality force them to have many of the same kinds of conversations as interfaith couples.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Of Shalom and Om

    By Heather Subba

    Personal narrative from a secular Jewish woman married to a Hindu man on how she seeks the universal application of Jewish holidays.

    Date: 06-21-2007
  • When an Intermarriage Doesn't Work Out: Problematic Situations That I Have Encountered as a Rabbi

    By Rabbi Sanford Seltzer

    Professional view from a rabbi describing some of the problematic interfaith relationships he has encountered, with advice for how to avoid them: discuss children and religious and cultural experience and values early, and listen.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • "Lost Tribe" Emigres from India Adjust to Life after Making Aliyah

    By Jessica Steinberg

    A news article about an man who recently immigrated to Jerusalem as part of Bnei Menashe, a community in India that believes it descended from one of the Lost Tribes of Israel.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • If I Can't Play Santa Claus, at Least I Can Be the Tooth Fairy: What I Need for Myself as the Christian Member of the Family

    By Jim Keen

    Personal narrative by a Protestant man who is raising Jewish children, describing how even though he cannot dress up as Santa Claus and surprise his kids with presents in the morning, his role as the tooth fairy is nearly as good. Date: 06-15-2007

  • 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
  • How a Church Organist Finds Harmony in an Interfaith Marriage

    By Teresa McMahon

    A Catholic woman’s personal narrative on how playing the organ in churches of various denominations helped prepare her for an interfaith marriage to her Jewish husband.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Dear Dr. Paula: Dismayed That the Rabbi Referred to "Members of the Tribe"

    By Dr. Paula Brody

    Professional view "Dear Dr. Paula" article about the term "members of a tribe" which one Christian mother found offensive when directed from her synagogue rabbi to her bar-mitzvah student.

    Date: 06-14-2007
  • Expanding the Face of Jewish Education

    By Elana Kahn-Oren

    A news article about the Jewish Multicultural Project and their attempts to educate the Jewish community about the migration of the Jewish people and about Jews of color today.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life: Jewish Geography

    By Andi Rosenthal

    Personal narrative by a Jew-by-choice wondering what it is that makes her Jewish.

    Date: 11-13-2006
  • 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
  • When The One We Love Doesn't Walk The Same Spiritual Path

    By Nina Amir Lacey

    Though they came from different religions, they shared a spiritual quest. Now he is Jewish, but not interested in spirituality. She needs the lessons that successful interfaith marriage can teach.

    Date: 11-10-2008
  • Looking for Answers

    By Allison Harper

    Personal narrative about a Jewish woman and her love of a non-Jewish man who broke up with her because he said "I can’t tell my family that I love a Jewish woman". 

    Date: 06-13-2007
  • On the Doorposts of Our House

    By Ellen S. Glazer

    The personal narrative of a woman who was uncomfortable with her boyfriend’s Christmas tree until she realized that it was a way for him to connect to his childhood and deceased parents.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • The Invisible Parent

    By Wendy Weltman Palmer

    Professional advice on how to ensure that the parent of a different religion in an interfaith family does not become left out or "invisible" in the spiritual upbringing of his/her children.

    Date: 06-15-2007
  • Managing a Mixed Marriage of Red Sox and Yankee Fans

    By Shelly Schweizer

    An intermarried woman meets a woman from a different kind of mixed marriage: a Red Sox fan married to a Yankees fan.

    Date: 01-09-2008
  • Challenges in Outreach to GLBT Interfaith Couples

    By Jeffrey Scheckner

    Professional view from the Jewish Outreach Institute about the need to make Jewish communities more welcoming to interfaith gay couples.

    Date: 01-08-2007
  • Memoirs of an Invisible Woman

    By Laurie Biundo

    A Jewish woman is ignored by her Catholic in-laws.

    Date: 10-16-2007
  • Why Aren't We More Like Tevye?

    By Felice Indinoli Bochman

    Personal narrative from a Jewish/Catholic woman trying to figure out how to respond to her daughter’s questions about Judaism.  

    Date: 08-07-2007
  • Jew Class and Korean Pancakes

    By Danielle Leeds

    On our first date I told him, if you are not open to eventual conversion to Judaism, this can go no further. It's a wonder there was ever a second date with that as my kicky opener.

    Date: 06-03-2008
  • Advice for Separated Interfaith Couples

    By Rabbi Arthur P. Nemitoff

    Advice from a rabbi to partners from divorced interfaith couples.

    Date: 07-27-2007
  • Rhythm of Life

    By Sandra (Sandy) Anderson

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman who’s been married to a Presbyterian man for 33 years and how their interfaith issues have changed over the years.

    Date: 06-21-2007
  • Coming Out to My Co-Workers

    By Rachel Rockenmacher

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman who had no problem telling her parents about her marriage to a Catholic man--but had a hard time telling her co-workers in the Jewish professional world.

    Date: 06-01-2007
  • The Ex Factor

    By Laurie Nodie

    Personal narrative from a Catholic woman who married a Jewish man and continued to raise his son Jewish, but also introduced him to secular Christian rituals, to the ex-wife’s dismay.

    Date: 07-27-2007
  • Preventing Difference from Adding to Distance

    By Teresa McMahon

    Personal narrative from a Catholic woman who is raising Jewish children, explaining what she and her parents have done in order to support the girls’ Jewish education.

    Date: 11-13-2006
  • Advice for Intermarried Couples Facing Life-Cycle Events

    By Jeanette Bergelson

    Advice from an outreach professional for interfaith couples dealing with lifecycle events like birth or a wedding.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Illness in an Interfaith Couple

    By Ronnie Friedland

    Audio interview with Courtney Nathan on interfaith relationships and dealing with sickness and death.

    Date: 02-22-2007
  • Multiracial Celebration Draws 200 in San Francisco: Party Paints Judaism in Many Colors

    By Alexandra J. Wall

    A story about how the director of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research reached out for Jews of various races and ethnicities after he and his wife adopted a black child.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • When Being Yourself Is Not All in the Family

    By Dan Pine

    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: 10-16-2007
  • Love at First Sight

    By Ronnie Friedland

    Audio interview with a Jewish woman and a Catholic man about their relationship and how their interfaith differences are a "strength."

    Date: 04-20-2007
  • The Accidental Intermarriage

    By Abby Spotts

    Personal narrative from a Jewish woman from a Conservative home who never expected to marry a Catholic but did.

    Date: 05-30-2007
  • Dear Rabbi: What's in a Mother-in-Law?

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    Professional advice column in which a rabbi advises a woman having trouble getting along with her mother-in-law that it is an important relationship and one she needs to work on.

    Date: 11-20-2006
  • Dispatch from the Institute: "House Shopping" in the Jewish Community

    By The Jewish Outreach Institute

    Professional view from the Jewish Outreach Institute about the need for organized Jewish communities to be more welcoming to interfaith families.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • "In the Mix": Coming Out as Intermarried

    By Julie Wiener

    Personal narrative and op-ed about the fear some Jewish communal professionals have about telling their co-workers that they’re intermarried.

    Date: 06-01-2007
  • Jewish Life After the Split

    By Ronnie Friedland

    Interview with Elizabeth Baer, on how her non-Jewish ex-husband helps with raising the kids Jewish.

    Date: 07-25-2007
  • Pointed Towards Israel

    By Michael C. Duke

    Profile of Jacqueline Giles, an African-American mathematics professor who found out as an adult that she has Jewish ancestry.

    Date: 01-21-2008
  • My Jewish Mother-in-Law Loves Me Even Though I'm Not Jewish

    By Amanda Martignetti

    A non-Jewish woman in a Catholic-Jewish marriage discusses her relationship with her Jewish in-laws.

    Date: 03-05-2009
  • I Was a Teenage Not-So-Nice Jewish Girl

    By Jemi Kostiner Mansfield

    Personal narrative from a woman who rejected her Jewish upbringing as a teenager, eventually intermarried and now sends her children to day school.

    Date: 08-30-2007
  • The Child's Dilemma

    By Dawn C. Kepler

    An outreach professional’s response to Josh’s Dad Married a Shiksa!, by Laurie Nodie.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • Back Talk

    By Alina Adams

    The author rebuts the accusation that she's single-handedly destroying the Jewish community.

    Date: 05-05-2008
  • Celebrating Holidays in an Interfaith Stepfamily

    By Dr. Jeffrey Greenhut

    Personal narrative by an unconventional (retired military officer, Republican) Jew describing how he, his non-Jewish fiancee, and both of their families from previous marriages celebrate each other’s holidays.

    Date: 07-26-2007
  • An Interfaith Engagement

    By Aaron Kagan

    I didn't imagine that my announcement to spend the rest of my life with the person I love would be met with anything but approval. Which is why it stung so sharply when that wasn't the case.

    Date: 10-21-2009
  • Our Jewish-Bahá'i Interfaith Marriage

    By Davida Steinberg

    The Bahá'i Faith is very different from Judaism, and that very newness and openness has made my interfaith journey with my husband unique and possible.

    Date: 05-24-2010
  • Religious Rights on Trial as Circumcision Case Reaches Oregon's High Court

    By Jennifer Siegel

    News article about an Oregon custody dispute between a Jewish father who wants to have his 12-year-old son circumcised and his non-Jewish mother, who does not.

    Date: 08-24-2007
  • The Journey to Judaism Can Be Lonely

    By Dawn C. Kepler

    Advice from an outreach professional on The Lonely Journey of a Puerto Rican Jew, by Franklin Velazquez.

    Date: 06-18-2007
  • Keeping Kosher and Keeping It Real

    By Amy Meltzer

    Making distinctions about what we do and don't eat in a way that is rooted in, but not wedded to, Jewish tradition turns cooking and dining into a meaningful experience.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • How I Became Too Jewish For My Jewish Mother

    By Jane Larkin

    Her mom wanted Jewish grandchildren, but her vision for what that should look like didn't involve quite so much Judaism.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Interfaith Marriage Satisfaction Study Yields Answers and More Questions

    By Janice Aron

    For my doctoral dissertation, I chose to study the impact of religion on the question of marital happiness, adding my project to a rapidly growing body of psychological research.

    Date: 08-28-2009
  • How Richard Nixon Brought Us Together

    By Chuck Andelman

    A Jewish man meets his non-Jewish soulmate--and her family.

    Date: 02-14-2008
  • A Family Blessing With Sprinkles on Top

    By Michelle Effron Miller

    Daughter of an interfaith marriage, she is raising her children as Jews, but her brothers are not.

    Date: 08-22-2008
  • You Can't Plan for Everything

    By Dawn C. Kepler

    Advice from an outreach professional on Salt Cod on Shabbat, by Rachel Rockenmacher.

    Date: 03-05-2007
  • When You're in Love, The Whole World Is Jewish

    By Jo Anne Randall

    A widow remembers how her husband, though not Jewish, was her true partner in creating a Jewish home and family.

    Date: 05-21-2008
  • Brother Knows Best?

    By Adam Wills

    Personal narrative from a committed Jewish man about his converted Catholic brother’s adventures in dating and exploring Judaism.

    Date: 11-13-2007
  • Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: Parents Threaten to Cut You Off

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    When they actually get married, then suddenly everything is different.

    Date: 11-19-2008
  • Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: Meeting the Parents

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    The first suggestion I always have for couples is to be yourself. You're meeting this person's parents because your partner trusts you, believes in you, loves you.

    Date: 07-16-2008
  • Shalom, Havana! Jewish Cuba with my Catholic Mother-in-Law

    By Dana Reynolds

    Another story about how great in-laws in interfaith families can be, and how much we appreciate them when they are.

    Date: 08-05-2010
  • Welcoming Interfaith Families

    By Rabbi Jason Holtz

    A look at the biblical sources for welcoming interfaith families, and what that means for our Jewish community today.

    Date: 02-07-2011
  • Dr. Dale's Life Issues: Dr. Dale Interviews Interfaith Couples

    By Dr. Dale Atkins

    Dr. Dale speaks with intermarried couples about the issues they had to solve before they married and she speaks with a rabbi who works with many interfaith couples.

    Date: 08-07-2007
  • A Jewish Aunt at a Catholic Wedding

    By Ilisia Kissner

    A Jewish educator attended her nephew's wedding in a Catholic church on Shabbat.

    Date: 01-02-2009
  • A Good Eater

    By Matthew Scott

    One doesn't really run into Jewish folks too often growing up in rural Indiana; one certainly doesn't get an idea of the ins and outs of Jewish culture or food.

    Date: 11-12-2008
  • What a Fabulous Mother-in-Law

    By Leah R. Singer

    Leah's mother-in-law knew what it was like to fall in love with someone of a different faith--so she's supported Leah to the hilt.

    Date: 05-07-2010
  • The Reality of Hospitality

    By Alex Goldfein

    Personal narrative describing the cultural differences between a Jewish man from southern California and his Hindu wife from Bangalore, India.

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • My Husband's Food Reeducation, One Knish at a Time

    By Sara Masri

    My husband is proof that enjoyment of Jewish food can be acquired.

    Date: 10-14-2008
  • It Can't Happen Here

    By Aliza Arzt

    The daughter and grandaughter of rabbis, she never thought she would fall in love with someone who wasn't Jewish--but she did.

    Date: 06-16-2008
  • A Wedding Without Klezmer

    By Pearl Manne

    When her youngest brother got a girl in trouble in the early 1950s, it was very hard on their immigrant Jewish family.

    Date: 12-03-2008
  • A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

    By Ken Hall

    Small delicious things create Jewish identity, and this non-Jewish husband doesn't want to lose any of them.

    Date: 10-20-2008
  • A Spiritual Home

    By Cynthia Schwan

    An ex-Baptist and her husband each found different spiritual paths while raising their Jewish daughters.

    Date: 08-18-2008
  • Life is More Complex than Art

    By Jeffrey Grover

    Writing and acting in a play about interfaith marriage prompted this actor to reflect on his recent divorce.

    Date: 04-11-2008
  • False Assumptions

    By Julie Cortes

    She thought they'd done everything right to make both their Catholic and Jewish families feel comfortable with their wedding. It turns out his family had some serious reservations.

    Date: 03-06-2009
  • Lessons of Respect from My Year of Marriage

    By Cassie Havel Morgenstern

    The wedding didn't change us much, but it did change our friends and relatives--they became less accepting.

    Date: 08-26-2009
  • In the Mix: Same Sex, Different Faith

    By Julie Wiener

    It's easier to be a non-Jew raising Jewish children when your partner is a Jewish mother.

    Date: 12-08-2008
  • Interfaith Marriage--A Blessing In Disguise

    By Jane Larkin

    I derive more connection and fulfillment from Judaism today as one-half of an interfaith couple than I have in the past.

    Date: 05-21-2009
  • Food Brings Us Together

    By Andrea Marks Carneiro

    Our two families connect through eating and this helps my child celebrate her Jewish and Brazilian heritage.

    Date: 12-02-2009
  • Ending An Interfaith Relationship

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    Advice from an expert on interfaith marriages about interfaith divorce--seek help and support in parenting together.

    Date: 01-13-2010
  • All Who Are Hungry, Come And Eat

    By Susan Goldberg

    My mom was a big feeder of people. When I started dating Rachel, whose parents and siblings were scattered across the globe, I think my mom felt the need to feed her, too. That's how they bonded.

    Date: 03-09-2009
  • Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: The Jewish Muslim Intermarriage Dilemma

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    Even though Muslim-Jewish interfaith marriage is rarer than Christian-Jewish interfaith marriage, it requires the same communication skills.

    Date: 04-22-2009
  • A Birth of a New Kind

    By Heather Subba

    Her baby will have Nepalese Hindu and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage--a rich spiritual inheritance.

    Date: 06-23-2008
  • Divorce, Interfaith Style

    By Margery Rose-Clapp

    Her divorce was amicable, but she wondered what role religion played in it--especially when her ex-husband seemed less than enthusiastic about taking their daughter to Shabbat services.

    Date: 06-08-2009
  • I'll Conversion Talk If I Want To

    By Galit Breen

    What might surprise most of you to know is that the alternate title for this article was, "Why We're Not An Interfaith Family, And Why We Are."

    Date: 01-14-2011
  • The Bus Schedule--A Love Story

    By Heather Seith

    The story of two sweet young eye doctors and how they got together.

    Date: 02-13-2009
  • Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: Political Issues in an Interfaith Relationship

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    Disagreements about Israeli policy can sound like attacks on the state's legitimacy, and it's tough to see the world through the eyes of your partner, whose upbringing may have been quite different.

    Date: 02-10-2010
  • Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: Things to Talk About Before Marriage

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    Discussing religious issues before you get married can help you work out conflicts.

    Date: 05-06-2009
  • Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: How to Develop a Relationship with Your In-laws

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    It's you and your partner figuring out together how to have a relationship with each other's parents.

    Date: 11-27-2009
  • Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: Religious Symbols in the Interfaith Home

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    Rabbi Reuben advises couples on how to negotiate which religious objects to have in your home.

    Date: 02-04-2009
  • Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: Creating a Successful Interfaith Relationship

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    A good marriage is a team. Here are some strategies for making yours work.

    Date: 06-17-2009
  • Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: Changing Your Mind After Marriage

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    Life is an ongoing experiment. Share your expectations and reactions about every holiday and ritual.

    Date: 05-20-2009
  • Mazel Tov and Mubarak: Our Three-Day Jewish-Sikh Wedding

    By Erica Ravin-Anand

    Communication and compromise are what made our Jewish-Sikh wedding the best weekend of our life.

    Date: 08-04-2011
  • An Extended Love

    By Heather Subba

    Being in an interfaith and intercultural relationship can come with both challenges and rewards, and learning to embrace them can be its own reward.

    Date: 01-03-2013
  • Finding Community As A Young Parent

    By Dana Hagenbuch

    Whether intermarried or not, finding a Jewish community can be a great way to connect to your local community and make new friends.

    Date: 01-28-2013
  • What To Discuss Before the Wedding About Life After the Wedding: A Guide for Interfaith Couples

    By InterFaithways

    Much of the decisions involved in a wedding revolve around the ceremony, but InterFaithways has compiled a list of things that couples might want to discuss about their life after the wedding day before they get married.

    Date: 04-08-2012
  • History is Not Destiny

    By Stacie Garnett-Cook

    Over time, Stacie's opinion on intermarriage evolved.

    Date: 04-11-2013
  • Marriage and Relationships: Recommended Reading

    Our most frequently recommended books for interfaith couples.

    Date: 07-17-2012
  • This is What Interfaith Sounds Like

    By Josh Olivier-Mason

    An audio essay about being interfaith.

    Date: 11-13-2011
  • How a Fight Brought Us Closer Together

    By Magin LaSov Gregg

    How a fight over a seemingly small thing brought a Jewish woman and her minister husband closer together.

    Date: 08-30-2013
  • I Am My Interfaith Family

    By Carla Naumburg

    My husband is Jewish. I am Jewish. We are raising our daughters in a Jewish home, and we belong to a synagogue. Yet we are an interfaith family.

    Date: 10-22-2012
  • From Terrible Conversation To Intermarriage Realization

    By Emily JH Kruskol

    At a friend's house, a conversation attacking intermarriage becomes a chance to defend her family's choices - and a chance to tell family members she's proud they're Jews.

    Date: 10-25-2012
  • Tzedakah Loves Company

    By Heather Subba

    In my interfaith partnership, life has been filled with surprises. Family visits are one of these surprises. Every year for six months, my Nepali in-laws come to live with my husband, me and our two small children.

    Date: 09-11-2013
  • A Quiet Home, a Kosher Home

    By Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy

    It sometimes feels like we spent that entire pre-marital year talking about religious practice and how far each of us was willing to go to help the other be spiritually fulfilled without violating our own spiritual and identity needs.

    Date: 10-02-2013

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