Intermarriage isn’t new, although opinions have shifted over time. Discuss the history while examining why there have been such strong feelings against interfaith marriages in the Jewish community, why this desire exists to build fences, and where the idea that mixing with other cultures will destroy Judaism comes from.
InterfaithFamily.com recommends that every synagogue clarify their limits for themselves, and create a document which explains policies that impact interfaith families in sensitive language. We have delineated eleven areas of concern and have partnered them with sample statements from Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative congregations to help guide your policy creating process.
A resource offering an overview of what Shabbat is, and how it is celebrated in synagogues.
A booklet explaining the holiday of Purim, its customs and traditions.
An informative article discussing how it is necessary for the Jewish community to welcome Jews of color and interfaith families, since such people make up a significant portion of the Jewish population.
Professional view including tips on the best way to create a welcoming Jewish environment for non-Jewish relatives.
Professional advice from a social worker and author about?how to constructively cope with the news that your child will marry a non-Jew.
The story of a woman who is very active in her congregation and wishes her family would be recognized as Jewish, even though her husband is Protestant.
A woman discusses the changing faces of Judaism and the increased diversity within the faith.
Professional view from an outreach worker about interfaith families being the future of Judaism.
Reprinted keynote address advising professionals to recognize the significant Jewish contributions made by spouses who are not Jewish of interfaith families, and reminding Jewish community members to warmly welcome in these Jews-by-choice.