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The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterfaithFamily.com Handbook (Jewish Lights) is an anthology of some of the best early articles from InterfaithFamily’s Web Magazine. Anita Diamant describes The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life as “filled with helpful strategies, wisdom, humor and hope.”

Written by members of interfaith families themselves, as well as by the family educators and clergy who work with them, The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life lets those who’ve “been there” provide you with wisdom and insight on living — and thriving — as an interfaith couple or family.

If you, a loved one, or a friend is directly involved in an interfaith relationship, or if you counsel those in interfaith relationships, this essential guide will help answer your questions and ease your concerns. An ideal gift and family reference, this is practical support for families who want to explore and engage in a Jewish life while respecting the heritage and traditions of those they love.

“A book about the entire Jewish community and its future … filled with helpful strategies, wisdom, humor and hope.”
— Anita Diamant

“Informative, thought-provoking and insightful perspectives on the challenges and blessings of life in an interfaith family! Invaluable for interfaith couples, and indispensable for all who seek to welcome them into Jewish life.”
— Dru Greenwood, former Director of Outreach for the Reform Movement

“A rich handbook of personal experiences, professional advice, and wise insight into the world of interfaith family building. From weddings to births to mourning, the combination of emotional honesty and helpful advice can serve as a guide for families, clergy, and anyone who has any connection to interfaith families — essentially, for everyone.”
— Rabbi Linda Holtzman (Reconstructionist)

“Offers insightful, sensitive and thought provoking guidance and advice for coping with the challenges of an interfaith family. The personal reportage about people’s real lives is deeply moving. This book will be of great value to rabbis and to anyone who cares about the future of Jewish families.”
— Rabbi Lavey Derby (Conservative)

“Real-life experiences will enable readers to address issues in their own lives.”
— Dr. Paula Brody, LICSW

Topics covered include…

  • Interfaith Weddings
  • Interfaith Relationships
  • Choosing a Religious Identity for Your Child
  • Telling Your Parents about Your Religious Decisions for Your Children
  • Birth Ceremonies: Baptism, Baby Naming and Brit Milah
  • Parenting in Interfaith Relationships
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvah in an Interfaith Family
  • Talking to Your Kids about Interfaith Dating
  • Relationships with the Extended Family
  • Grandparenting
  • Divorce and Stepfamily Issues
  • Gay Interfaith Relationships
  • Creating Jewish Adoptive Families
  • Growing Up in an Interfaith Family
  • The December Dilemma
  • Celebrating Other Holidays
  • Death and Mourning
  • Interfaith Families and the Synagogue
  • Conversion

Read Moment magazine’s book review.

Our pamphlet, Interfaith Families Making Jewish Choices, is part of Jewish Lights’ LifeLights series widely distributed in synagogues, JCC’s and other Jewish organizations.

And visit our friends at Jewish Lights Publishing.

The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterfaithFamily.com Handbook (Jewish Lights)
Interfaith Families Making Jewish Choices  (from Jewish Lights’ LifeLights series)

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.”

Hebrew for “covenant of circumcision,” a ritual for Jewish boys when they are 8 days old. It is commonly known as “bris,” which is the Ashkenazi or Yiddish pronunciation of “brit.”

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.”

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.