August 2, 2005
Welcome to the first of a two-part series of our Web Magazine on interdating: Why do some young adults interdate--and some not? How do their parents feel about it? Does it all really begin with a date?
We're especially pleased to have well-known author Samuel G. Freedman write about his mother's interdating experience and her mother's opposition to it. Read More
Joelle Berman's perspective: dating only Jews means not getting to know and understand too many people in the world. Read More
Reflecting on a past interfaith relationship, Jake Miller considers whether religious compatibility is essential. Read More
Adina Giannelli, a child of interfaith parents, realized recently that she no longer wants to interdate. Read More
Please join our new online discussion : What's more important: getting to know a broad range of people or dating only Jews to ensure meeting a Jewish partner?
We're also pleased to offer a humorous view on the subject from Dry Bones. Thanks very much to creator Yaakov Kirschen for letting us reprint his popular Jewish cartoon.
Interfaith Families and the Conservative Movement
Continuing the coverage from our last issue on the Conservative Movement, we offer two reviews of The Role of the Supportive Non-Jewish Spouse in the Conservative/Masorti Movement, an important new pamphlet by Rabbi Charles Simon, director of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs: one by Conservative Rabbi Carl Perkins and Elana Kling Perkins, LICSW, the coordinator of the Interfaith Family Resource Center at the Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston, Read More, and one by Ruth Nemzoff, a mother of intermarried children and co-chair of the keruv committee at her Conservative synagogue. Read More
News and Opinion
Keren R. McGinity reports on her study finding that the Jewish identity and commitment to pass on Judaism of many women became stronger after--and because of--their intermarriage.Read More
Arts and Entertainment
Sandee Brawarsky reviews Sam Apple's new book, The Shepherd's Tale: A Review of Schlepping Through the Alps: My Search for Austria's Jewish Past. Read More
Please come back on August 16 for the second part of our Interdating series.
Ronnie Friedland, Editor
Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization
Stepping Stones to a Jewish Me is an outreach organization whose purpose is to welcome and support interfaith couples, children and their families and to educate them about Judaism. Programs include Pebbles for families with very young children, Stepping Stones for families with school age children, Cornerstones meets with young interfaith couples and Cobblestones which is designed for grandparents with interfaith children.