Religion and a House Divided

Divorce entangles children in inevitable conflicts and forces them to shuttle between two different homes and sometimes, two different religions.

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ISO: The Perfect Hebrew School

For most of my youth, the incomprehensible Hebrew beckoned, yet also seemed to symbolize exclusion.

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Patrilineal Descent and the Conservative Movement

Many Orthodox and Conservative Jewish leaders worried the Reform movement’s 1983 decision to affirm the children of Jewish fathers as Jews would divide the Jewish people. That doesn’t seem to have happened.

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The Open Door: 25 Years After Patrilineal Descent

Reassessing the impact of defining who is a Jew, a quarter-century after the Reform movement decided that children with a Jewish parent of either sex were Jewish.

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The Last Taboo: Intermarried Rabbis

A Jewish writer on interfaith marriage who is married to a Catholic man thinks intermarriage for rabbis might go too far.

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The Jewish-Catholic Connection

Why are so many Jews in interfaith marriages married to Catholics?

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Sleeping With The Enemy

Reprinted opinion piece explaining why focusing on in-marriage/intermarriage is damaging to the Jewish people since it turns focus and energy toward being “a glorified matchmaking service” rather than “a source of community, meaning, ethics

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New Study Shows Intermarriage Still Rising

Reprinted news article about the Center for Jewish Studies’ Jewish Population Survey in 2000 which describes Jewish demographics:  numbers of interfaith families. Jewish Christian intermarriages, etc.

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Men, Women And The I-Word

The latest sociological assertions that Jewish women are seeking Jewish partners while Jewish men aren’t fits with the author’s experience.

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Jewish Outreach In Lean Times

There is a lot more talk against outreach to interfaith families in bad economic times.

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Jewish Outreach Goes to the Mall: Programs Look for Those Who Shop Till They Drop

Reprinted news article about the success and replication of non-traditional outreach programs that take place in shopping malls and stores.??These programs are?designed to welcome people into Jewish traditions who would feel uncomfortable in synagogues or

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In the Mix: Gentile Women And The S Word

The author thought that the term shiksa had fallen into disuse, but it’s still around.

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Generations Apart On Intermarriage

The death of former Guyanan president Janet Jagan prompted thoughts about the generational differences in the experiences of Jewish women in interfaith marriages.

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Conservative Survey Shows Ramah Kids Have More Frum

Reprinted news article about the great effectiveness of the Conservative movement’s Ramah sleep-away camps, based on a survey of the religious commitment and attachment to Israel of 1,273 North American teens whose families belong to Conse

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Conservative Jewish Leaders Seek “Leaner, Meaner” Movement

Reprinted news article about how Judaism’s Conservative movement envisions its future and its main challenge: to be “simultaneously more demanding and more welcoming,” including increased emphasis on programs of outreach to the i

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In the Mix: Jewish-Gentile In The Jewish State

Even when my husband and I argue about Middle East politics, with him generally more critical than I am about things like human rights violations, I feel comfortable knowing he has a respect and affection for the place and its people that comes with havin

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“In the Mix”: Conversionary Tactics

What’s the point of conversion, wonders Jewish Week columnist Julie Wiener, if the convert doesn’t really buy into Judaism?

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‘In the Mix’: Under One Roof, Negotiating Two Faiths

The Interfaith Community teaches about Judaism and Christianity together.

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Holy Moses! When Biblical Heroes Intermarry

Op-ed arguing that there are numerous positive portrayals of intermarriage in the Hebrew Bible.

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From “Half-Jewish” to Rabbi

Profile of two women who grew up in interfaith homes who are now studying to be rabbis.

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Jewish Men Are From Mars…

Author wonders whether assigning blame for interfaith marriage in the Jewish community is really so astute.

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“In the Mix”:”You’re a Jew, Dad, Right?”

Personal narrative from an intermarried Jewish woman about her daughter’s difficulty in determining whether her dad is Jewish or not.

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In the Mix: Same Sex, Different Faith

It’s easier to be a non-Jew raising Jewish children when your partner is a Jewish mother.

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“In the Mix”: Coming Out as Intermarried

Personal narrative and op-ed about the fear some Jewish communal professionals have about telling their co-workers that they’re intermarried.

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In the Mix (Out of The) Home for Christmas

Personal narrative from a Jewish woman reflecting on how her interfaith family keeps Christmas at arm’s length.

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Making the Cut

Article that explores how circumcision, and especially the bris ceremony, can be a controversial decision in interfaith families.

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Kaddish at St. Joseph’s

Professional advice?from rabbi who explains how his policies toward non-Jewish families regarding Bar or Bat Mitzvah and other matters have changed as he has gotten to know non-Jews who are committed to the Jewish identity of their children.

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Orthodoxy’s Glacial Shift on Intermarriage

Orthodox Jews are gradually moving away from old communal norms of ostracizing intermarried relatives.

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The Grandparent Clause

Story about how grandparents should–and should not–try to impart Judaism to their grandchildren.

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“In the Mix”: From “Half-Jewish” to Rabbi

News article about children from interfaith homes who are now studying to be rabbis.

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