Some interfaith families live too far from the closest synagogue to visit regularly, or the synagogues nearby aren't welcoming to interfaith families, or they don't meet anyone's spiritual needs. Sometimes starting your own interfaith-friendly Jewish community is the solution.
It matters to her to be part of a community that welcomes interfaith families.
I cannot lie to you and say that we were encouraged to marry or that the policies of the synagogue embrace or validate our union. I can say, however, that we are definitely treated by the community like we belong there.
Many Orthodox and Conservative Jewish leaders worried the Reform movement's 1983 decision to affirm the children of Jewish fathers as Jews would divide the Jewish people. That doesn't seem to have happened.
What has become perfectly clear is that more and more congregations are finding ways to embrace and engage their entire congregational family, including the intermarried among them.
She got involved in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender synagogue because she loves liturgy--and found a community committed to including her interfaith, straight family.
A book on Jewish language turns into a great tool to welcome non-Jewish friends and family members into the community.
Rabbi Yosef Garcia and Rabbi Albert Plotkin created a Ceremony of Return for a small group of descendants of conversos in Phoenix.
What looks like a more tolerant position toward interfaith marriage doesn't take the feelings of children of those marriages into account.
New to synagogues? We hope this guide will help you find a good community for your interfaith family.