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April 24, 2007

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Dear friend,

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.

Additional Resources

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?

Coming Next

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:

  • High Holidays
  • Parenting
  • Bar/bat mitzvah in interfaith families
  • 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 .



Network News

Know a Secular Jewish Congregation or Organization?

Connections in Your Area is looking to expand its database of secular Jewish organizations. If your Humanistic congregation or secular organization, such as Workman's Circle, is not listed on Connections in Your Area, please contact .

The Newest Addition to the Family

Our Community Connections Coordinator, Amy Rovin, and her husband Michael are proud parents of Roxy Faye Rovin, born Friday, April 6. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Send in Your Interfaith Wedding Ideas and Win a $100 AMEX Giftcard

We are revising and expanding our Wedding Ceremony Ideas for Interfaith Couples . Send your ideas for rituals, readings, songs and other ways to make a wedding inclusive, to Submit an idea and you will be entered to win a $100 American Express giftcard.

Ways You Can Get Involved

Join the Discussion. We want to know: Does your partner's religion make communicating easier or harder than it would be if you were with someone of the same faith?

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Hebrew for "daughter of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish girls come of age at 12 or 13. When a girl comes of age, she is officially a bat mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bat mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The male equivalent is "bar mitzvah." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." "The Temple" refers to either the First Temple, built by King Solomon in 957 BCE in Jerusalem, or the Second Temple, which replaced the First Temple and stood on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem from 516 BCE to 70 CE.
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