November 7, 2006
Does adoption from Asia make a Jewish family an interfaith family? How does an interfaith family balance three competing cultures? What do you do if your adopted child says she doesn't want to be Jewish? In the new issue of our Web Magazine, we explore these questions and more.
Gina Hagler, a convert, and her husband have two Korean children and one biological son. Can they find a synagogue where they won't stick out? Read more in A Conspicuous Family .
We interviewed adoptive families and adoptees from across the spectrum, including interfaith families, conversionary families and grown adopted Jewish children. Find out how adoptees and their families make Jewish choices work in Vicki Peterson's International Adoption and Interfaith Families .
Hedi Molnar is Jewish, her husband is Italian Catholic and her children are from two parts of China. Find out how they integrate everyone's cultures in Pizza, Noodles and Latkes .
How do you respond when your adopted Guatemalan child tells you, "Being Jewish is boring. Other religions aren't boring"? Find out Debra A.W. Berger's response, in Does Adoption Make Us An Interfaith Family?
Susan Freudenheim reflects on how far she and her daughter have come since she found her in a Chinese orphanage, in A Mother's Pride. Meanwhile, her daughter Rachel loves being raised Jewish, but she could do without the funny looks, in Don't Think of Me as Different--I'm Not .
It's often thought that Jewish parents are responsible for making their adopted children Jewish. But sometimes it's the other way around. Read more in "Fulfilling a Mitzvah": As More Jews Adopt, Perceptions of Jewish Identity Change, by Doug Chandler.
In a culture of "be fruitful and multiply," what do you do when you can't? Read more in When Jews Can't Multiply: Pain of Infertility Hits Hard for Many, by Eric Fingerhut.
Single Jewish women find the key to their motherhood dreams in the abandoned girls of China's one-child social policy, in Jewish Moms, Chinese Daughters, by Merri Rosenberg. Rosenberg also explores intermarried families who've adopted children from Asia, in Interfaith Parents, Chinese Children .
Can adopted children feel "Jewish first" when society sees them as "Asian first"? Find out more in Dual Identity, Double the Questions: It's Not Easy Being Jewish and Chinese, by Sarah Price Brown.
Arts and Entertainment
Scott Simon, the host of NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday," shares his experiences as the child of intermarriage and the father of an adopted girl, in NPR Host Scott Simon: Riding on Airwaves , by Jeff Rubin.
From the Article Archive
After 27 years, a Catholic woman searching through her adoption paperwork makes a shocking discovery: she was born Jewish. Read more in Cheese Blintzes: An Adoptee Discovers Her Jewish Roots .
NEW Resource on Birth Ceremonies
We've created a new 47-page Guide to Birth Ceremonies for Interfaith Families . It includes essential information on Jewish birth ceremonies like brit milah and simchat bat, as well as dozens of great ideas for readings and rituals suitable for an interfaith family. We couldn't have created it without your help! (Also available in Word format.)
For more on adoption and birth ceremonies, visit our Birth Ceremonies Resource Page .
We'll return on November 14 with our issue on Jewish-Buddhist relationships.
Micah Sachs, Online Managing Editor
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Programs Related to Babies, Childbirth, Parenting and Grandparenting
Synagogues and Jewish organizations throughout the country offer programs relating to childbirth, babies and parenting. Some are tailored to the needs of interfaith families while some are general programs that anyone raising a Jewish child would find helpful. Check out our Babies Snapshot for a sampling of programs throughout the country.