April 24, 2007
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Communication is the essence of a healthy romantic relationship. Compatibility and passion mean nothing without constant communication and negotiation. In interfaith relationships, communication can be complicated by the added layers of religious, cultural and linguistic differences. In the new issue of our Web Magazine on Communication in Interfaith Relationships, we explore how a variety of interfaith couples make their partnerships work.
Sue Eisenfeld is Jewish, outspoken and assertive. Her husband is not Jewish, quiet and non-confrontational. Learn how they find a middle ground in Perfecting the Art of Arguing .
In his years of dating a minister's daughter and a Korean woman and being married to his Indian Hindu wife, Alex Goldfein has learned a lot about Communicating Across the Cultural Divide(s) .
Julia Gutman and her husband sometimes speak different languages--even though they're both using English. Read more in Does OK Really Mean OK?
Jane Blumenthal Martin talks with Joel Crohn, Ph.D., author of Mixed Matches: How to Create Successful Interracial, Interethnic, and Interfaith Relationships, about ways to navigate cross-cultural marriages, in A Look Inside the Communication Gap .
Jason Feifer and his girlfriend of seven years never fight. Is that weird? Read more in Who Needs Conflict?
Joshua Gross and his Lebanese girlfriend thought their relationship was stronger than politics. Were they right? Find out in When Love is a Casualty of War .
"Devon's faith drew me to him, and helped me become a better Jew," says Sarah Callahan, a Jewish woman, while Devon, a Catholic, says their relationship led him to ask, "Why is it that I believe what I believe?" Hear more in the audio interview Love at First Sight.
For more articles and resources on interfaith relationships, check out our Marriage and Relationships and Interdating Resource Pages.
The son of a Jamaican Jew and an Afro-Chinese father has started a center for the study of Afro-Jewish history at Temple University. Read more .
In the year since she started her column on intermarriage, Julie Wiener has received a lot of criticism. She wouldn't want it any other way. Read more in "In the Mix": The Intermarried Inbox .
Arts and Entertainment
Shia LaBeouf joins fellow child of Jewish mom and non-Jewish dad Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones IV. Plus, learn about the star of Kissing Jessica Stein's new TV show and the Jewish descendents of FDR and LBJ. Read more in the newest edition of Nate Bloom's column Interfaith Celebrities .
There are no Jewish characters in The Namesake, but its powerful story about identity and interfaith romance in an Indian-American family speaks to all audiences. Read more in Suzanne Koven's review .
In Black Book, a Jewish spy falls for a Nazi officer. Does their improbable relationship have anything to say to modern interfaith couples? Find out in Alizah Salario's review .
A new novel is told from the viewpoint of Ruth, history's most famous convert. Read a review of Garden of Ruth in A Weak Attempt at Biblical Feminism .
What's New on the Blogs
On the IFF Network Blog, we recently wrote about intermarriage around the world .
On theWeddings Blog, Julie writes about the complications of hosting a shower during Passover. Should they serve cake?
Our next issue, on Secular Judaism, sponsored by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation, will be published May 8.
Micah Sachs, Online Managing Editor
Write for Us!
We're looking for writers on the following topics:
Food in interfaith families
Conversion: Converts who are ambivalent about their decision, or don't feel fully Jewish or fully accepted as Jews
Interested in any of these topics? Contact Web Magazine Editor Ronnie Friedland at firstname.lastname@example.org .