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Rabbis for Interfaith Weddings and more

Looking for just the right person to officiate your Jewish interfaith wedding? We make it easy for you to access our trusted network of Jewish clergy so you can make the best choice for your event.

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Loukoumades (Sephardic Greek Doughnuts)

Given the connection between the Jews and the Greeks in the Hanukkah story, in this recipe we celebrate the centuries-long culinary traditions of Greek Jews.

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IFF Staff Blog The staff of InterfaithFamily write regularly about news of interest to interfaith families, outreach professionals and others interested in the intermarriage debate in the Jewish community. Unscripted Our newest blog is a place for you, our readers, to share your own stories. Had a touching moment where your family or community totally […]

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Resources Program Providers

Welcoming Booklets Welcoming Booklets serve multiple purposes. For individuals, they provide concise information about Jewish rituals, holidays and tradition. For synagogues, schools and agencies these same booklets can be displayed in lobbies where regulars and guests can pick them up or they can be handed out as part of a program or class. View all […]

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RCPP Resource Page

Below you will find links to helpful resources, materials and booklets for Program Providers that work with interfaith couples and families. If there are any resources you would like to see here, please email us at rcpp@interfaithfamily.com and let us know. For discussions boards with other program providers and links to articles of interest, please […]

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In addition to its staff, InterfaithFamily.com relies on a large network of supporters, funders and partners. They play a fundamental part in everything we do. Learn more about: Staff Funders Board of DirectorsAdvisory BoardResource Center for Jewish ClergyPartnersResource Center for Program Providers

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What IFF Does

InterfaithFamily is here to help interfaith couples and families engage in Jewish life in meaningful ways that resonate with to them through in-person support, online resources and connection to others in their own community. We advocate for practices that are welcoming and inclusive of interfaith couples and families at Jewish organizations nationwide.

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Resource Center for Jewish Clergy

Welcome to InterfaithFamily’s online resource center for rabbis and cantors. Below you’ll find a range of resources intended to support you in your work with interfaith families. We created some of the resources, but many were created and shared by your colleagues in the field. As we approach the High Holy Days, we have a […]

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Rabbinic Officiation at Intermarriages

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Synagogues and the Jewish Community

You’re in an interfaith relationship and considering joining a synagogue, but you’re not sure how you’ll be treated. Many in the organized Jewish community welcome interfaith families with open arms, but many do not. Learn about the Jewish community’s complicated—and often flawed—approach to intermarriage in InterfaithFamily.com’s archive of articles, resources and external links. Getting Ready […]

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Israel

During times of conflict in Israel, it can be difficult for interfaith families to know how to respond. InterfaithFamily has compiled some resources for families struggling with how to talk about Israel and how as a family they can talk about their varied opinions. Tips Talking about Israel can be difficult — in any relationship. […]

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Interracial and Intercultural Relationships

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Movies, Theater, TV and Music

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Popular Culture

Looking for Jewish celebrities with interfaith backgrounds? Movies with interfaith themes? TV shows with interfaith relationships? You’ve come to the right place. Check out InterfaithFamily.com’s large archive of articles and resources on popular culture and intermarriage. Interfaith Celebrities The bi-weekly column from Gerri Miller, Hollywood Now, provides the latest updates on Jewish and interfaith actors, […]

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Jewish Denominations

Judaism has numerous movements, or denominations, that cover the spectrum of Jewish practice, belief and community. Broadly, the four most significant movements in the United States are Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox. The following links, in alphabetical order, provide an introduction to each denomination, including its practices and beliefs and views on intermarriage and conversion. […]

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Conversion

Conversion is a very significant personal decision. If you or your partner is considering converting to Judaism — and are sick of the pressure to convert from other corners of the Jewish community — you’ve come to the right place. Explore InterfaithFamily’s list of articles, resources and external links. Guide We’re not trying to get […]

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Spirituality

Lasting love is a constant negotiation, but how do you overcome differences in religious belief? Should you share your faith with your partner? What if you’re religious and your partner is not? You’ve come to the right place for answers. Explore InterfaithFamily’s database of articles, resources and external links. Guide How can you find a […]

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Religious Life

Conversion Blessings Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, etc. Spirituality

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Grandparenting

Are your children or grandchildren intermarried? Figuring out the best way to share your Jewish identity with your grandchildren can be tricky but incredibly rewarding. Below is a list of articles and resources on the InterfaithFamily website, as well as some external links, to help you with the ongoing issues grandparents of intermarried children and […]

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Interdating

Is the love of your partner making you reconsider your long-held beliefs about intermarriage? Are you intermarried and not sure how to approach your child’s dating? To learn more about the complexities of interfaith dating, explore InterfaithFamily’s articles, resources and links on this tricky topic. Tips Tips for taking to your children about interdating Tips […]

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Growing Up in an Interfaith Family

Did you grow up in a dual-religion household and are now investigating Judaism more deeply? If only one of your parents was Jewish, does that make you a half-Jew? Are you wondering, how do I know if I’m Jewish? Explore these issues and others faced by children of interfaith families in InterfaithFamily.com’s selection of articles, […]

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Parenting

Are you raising children with a partner of another faith? Are you trying to figure how much — if any — religion to share with your children? How do you raise a Jewish child? Learn about a wide variety of approaches to this challenge from our articles, resources and links. InterfaithFamily’s Parenting Resource Page is […]

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LGBT Resource Page

Resource page for interfaith LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) couples and families

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Marriage and Relationships

Resource page for interfaith marriage and relationships

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Relationships

Grandparenting Interdating Parenting Growing Up in an Interfaith Family Marriage and Relationships

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Sukkot and Simchat Torah

Sukkot is like a Jewish Thanksgiving, complete with opportunities for dining and sleeping under the stars.

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Tu Bishvat

Learn about the wonder of Tu Bishvat and how to celebrate it with the resources on this page.

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Shabbat and Other Holidays

Shabbat and Havdalah Did you know there is one Jewish holiday whose importance exceeds all the rest? If you are thinking that it is Passover, Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, guess again. Here’s a hint… The most important Jewish holiday comes every week! Yep, it is Shabbat. One day a week, in imitation of God […]

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Passover and Easter

All the resources you need to solve your Spring dilemma and to learn more about Passover.

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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are important Jewish holidays and our resources here will help you and your interfaith family celebrate them.

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Holidays

  December Holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Passover and Easter Shabbat and Other Holidays Shabbat Sukkot and Simchat Torah Tu Bishvat Purim Shavuot   You might also find our Jewish Holidays Cheat Sheet helpful.

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Death and Mourning

Resources on Death and Mourning.

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Bar and Bat Mitzvah

To bar mitzvah or not to bar mitzvah, that is the question. Need some help? Want to learn ways to make your child’s special day inclusive for the whole family? Find out how other families have handled these issues in InterfaithFamily.com’s selection of articles, resources and links. Booklet Our booklet, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs For […]

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Weddings

Need information to help plan for an interfaith wedding? Interfaith marriages bring up many complicated issues, but you’ve come to the right place to find answers. Wedding Email Series: If you and your partner are from two different faith backgrounds and planning a Jewish or Jewish and… wedding ceremony, there’s a lot to consider. We’re taking all […]

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Q&A with Anita Diamant on The Jewish Wedding Now

By InterfaithFamily How is this version of your wedding book more inclusive of all who identify as Jewish or are marrying into a Jewish family? AD: This edition of the book reflects the fact that the chuppah, the wedding canopy, has never been bigger or more inclusive. The Jewish Wedding Now addresses the advent of […]

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Challah With a Twist: Scallion Pancake Challah

By Molly Yeh Reprinted with permission from Molly Yeh, adapted from MyJewishLearning. I enjoy being a Chinese Jew. I eat plenty of matzah balls and potstickers and I get to celebrate three New Years. I’ve often had to convince people that I’m Jewish, which is amusing and usually results in a new friend feeling like they […]

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Sweet Wine Slushies

This recipe contains alcohol and is for those of legal drinking age only. Introduce your loved ones to good ol’ fashioned Manischewitz, and reinvent the Jewish holiday staple into the dessert it was always meant to be. This way, you can avoid getting any looks that say “You drink this stuff?” or, “Is this what […]

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InterfaithFamily is here to help you engage in Jewish life in meaningful ways that resonate with you through in-person support, online resources and connection to others in your community.

We advocate for practices that are welcoming and inclusive of interfaith couples and families at Jewish organizations nationwide.

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Key Lime Bars for Shavuot

By Mari Levine I like to call Shavuot the “No meat? No problem!” holiday. When brainstorming a recipe for this post, I learned a lot about the history of this holiday, particularly why we focus on dairy dishes instead of meat. Or, more to the point: What’s with all the blintzes? What I learned is […]

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InterfaithFamily/Your Community

We’re here because sometimes you just need to talk to someone. Someone who has been through the same experience. Someone who can help sort out what it means to be in an interfaith family. InterfaithFamily is a Jewish non-profit dedicated to empowering people in interfaith relationships — individuals, couples, families and their children — to […]

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Frittata Flowers for Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day we celebrate mom and/or any other women in your life who have helped to nourish and care for you. Whether it’s the Italian mom who loves Sunday Supper but your red sauce is ordered in or the Jewish woman who spends Sunday in the kitchen all day cooking and no one is allowed […]

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Guinness Challah for St. Patty’s Day

A perfect challah recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

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Queen Esther’s Crown Purim Bread with Samosa Filling

Stuffed breads, like dumplings, exist across many cultures. There are the babkas; the Kurdish Jewish stuffed bread known as kadeh; there are Polish kolaches; and Indian parathas. This year, instead of the usual Haman’s hat (Hamantaschen) for Purim, I wanted to try making Queen Esther’s crown. The pastry ring is supposed to look like a queen’s crown and with the inspiration […]

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Chocolate-Coated Halvah with Nuts

By Mari Levine I’m in the throes of what I’ve dubbed the “Summer of Love.” I’ve hit the age where my Facebook feed is dominated by photos of engagements and newborns, and the only snail mail I get is wedding invitations and baby announcements. In the next three months, I’m slated to go to six […]

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Nutella Bites (A Neat and Easy Breakfast in Bed)

By Mari Levine Serving someone breakfast in bed is a terrific, thoughtful idea. But it has some logistical issues, including stealthily preparing the meal so your light-sleeping target doesn’t arouse, and, if you accomplish that, anxiously watching them try to balance a plate full of pancakes in bed without causing a mess. Yes, it’s the thought […]

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Barking Up the Valentine’s Day Tree

By Mari Levine I’ve run the gamut of Valentine’s Day experiences. And while I’m rather indifferent to the general idea of the holiday, no celebration I’ve had as an adult has ever matched the ones from when I was a kid. I remember the excitement of picking out the perfect cards (in my case, always […]

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Asian Meatballs

The flavor of this dish—thanks to the cilantro, basil and ginger—is far from anything you’re likely to eat during Passover, and that’s a welcome change after eating the same matzah pizza meal after meal

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The Yiddish (of My Grand) Momma

Yiddish is more than just insults. History, explanations, and new words to use.

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This is an example page. It’s different from a blog post because it will stay in one place and will show up in your site navigation (in most themes). Most people start with an About page that introduces them to potential site visitors. It might say something like this: Hi there! I’m a bike messenger […]

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You Can Actually Learn Something From Reality TV

I was told recently that I’m a reality TV junkie, and while contrary to popular belief, I don’t profess to love so called reality shows–I’m finding myself into the History Channel and PBS lately! BUT I can’t seem to help getting sucked into the “Celebreality” type shows on channels like VH1. My newest indulgence has […]

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