July 10, 2007
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The 1990 National Jewish Population Survey revealed that nearly half of all marriages involving Jews from 1985-1990 were intermarriages. At the time many people recognized that the most important issue wasn't who married whom but how the children of these couples would be raised.
Well, the children of the late '80s are the adults of the mid-'00s. One of the most fascinating features of this new generation is the tremendous variety of ways they see their Jewishness. Some see themselves as ethnically Jewish but not religiously Jewish. Others, religiously Jewish but not ethnically Jewish. Others, half-Jewish. In the new issue of our Web Magazine on Growing Up in an Interfaith Family , we have perspectives from across the spectrum.
What leads some children of intermarriage to identify as Jews while other's don't? Ron Lux investigates .
Growing up with a hodgepodge of religious traditions left Jasmin Singer with little taste for faith. Until Rocky the cat died. Read more in Better Left Undefined .
Judith van Praag is the child of a Dutch Jewish father and a French Christian mother who met in the years after World War II. Judith went to Sunday School and became close with her synagogue's rabbi. But nearly 50 years later, Judith finds she still has to "prove" her Jewishness to some. Read more in What Am I If Not Jewish?
When you come from such rich cultures as Italian and Jewish, how do you choose? Read Felice Indindoli Bochman's Chicken Soup Theology .
The daughter of an Israeli Jewish mother and an Iranian Muslim father is less concerned about the religious divide than the political one, in Tiffany Collins' Born Without a Name .
The son of a Jewish dad and a Christian mom, Keenan Steiner never saw himself as Jewish. But his friends at college sure do. Read about his Jewish awakening, in Chillin' with My Faux Jew 'Fro .
Jon Block, the child of a Jewish-Chinese marriage, didn't fully understand why he went on the free birthright israel trip to Israel. He didn't get the girl, and he got embarassed by the tour leader, but he learned a lot about what it means to love Israel. Read more .
Heather Miller wanted to be a Jewish American Princess when she grew up. She got to be the next best thing: a rabbi. Read more in Julie Wiener's From "Half-Jewish" to Rabbi .
The Internet is opening up a whole new way for children of intermarriage to connect. Read more in Faces of Change .
Arts and Entertainment
Amanda Bynes, co-star of the upcoming film Hairspray, talks about growing up interfaith, John Travolta's "glow" and her grandmother's matzoh brei in She's the Man: A Q&A with Amanda Bynes , by Nate Bloom.
Kyra Sedgwick, star of TNT's "The Closer," is featured in the newest installment of Bloom's Interfaith Celebrities. Plus, an update on hardball phenom Ryan Braun and Jewish-Maori director Taika Waititi (he sometimes goes by Cohen).
Half-Israeli, half-Ojibwa, Tamara Podemski is a name in her native Canada. Now she's seeking fame south of the border. Read more .
A new film examines marriage--and life--as a less violent form of cold war. Read more in Won't You Be My Neighbor? by Suzanne Koven.
Additional Resources on Growing Up in an Interfaith Family
For more on weddings, see our Growing Up in an Interfaith Family Resource Page .
What's New on the Blogs
On the IFF Network Blog, we wrote about intermarriage in the Bible and outreach by trolley .
In Fit to Print?, in our June 19 issue, we reported that The (New York) Jewish Week printed interfaith wedding announcements. They do not.
Our next issue, on divorce, will come out a week later than usual, on July 31.
Micah Sachs, Online Managing Editor
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