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A Pre-Nuptial Agreement for Interfaith Couples

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I have prepared two versions of this pre-nuptial agreement:

For couples planning on having children

For older couples not planning on having children

Sample Text for Pre-nuptial Agreement for Child-Bearing Couples

English Date / Hebrew Date

As we enter this sanctuary to be blessed before our wedding day, we promise:

  • to find time in our busy lives for each other, and to listen to each other' needs
  • to celebrate Shabbat on a regular basis, as a weekly "time to be alone together
  • to provide our children, should we be blessed with children, with a Jewish education
  • to provide our children, should we be blessed with children, with a Jewish home--a home full of the customs, ceremonies, and traditions of the Jewish faith
  • to join a synagogue and become active members of the Jewish community, wherever we may reside
___________________________ ___________________________
GROOM BRIDE
___________________________  
WITNESS  
___________________________  
RABBI  

 

Sample Text for Pre-nuptial Agreement for Older Couples Who Will Not Bear Children

English Date / Hebrew Date

As we enter this sanctuary to be blessed before our wedding day, we promise:

  • to find time in our busy lives for each other, and to listen to each other's needs
  • to celebrate Shabbat on a regular basis, as a weekly "time to be alone together"
  • to seek opportunities to enrich our lives through lifelong Jewish learning
  • to make our home a Jewish home--a mikdash m'at, a special, sacred place--filled with the customs, ceremonies, holidays, symbols, foods and traditions of the Jewish faith.
  • to join a synagogue and become active members of the Jewish community, wherever we may reside

___________________________ ___________________________
GROOM BRIDE
___________________________  
WITNESS  
___________________________  
RABBI  

Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.
Rabbi Gerald Kane

Rabbi Gerald Kane is rabbi emeritus at Temple Beth-El, a Reform congregation in Las Cruces, N.M.

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