The History of Interfaith Marriage

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.

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Recommendations for Creating a Welcoming Policy Document

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.

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Shabbat: Coming Together as a Community

A resource offering an overview of what Shabbat is, and how it is celebrated in synagogues.

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Take a Chance! Celebrate Purim.com

A booklet explaining the holiday of Purim, its customs and traditions.

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Black Torah, or Funny, You Don’t Look Jewish

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.

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Living Well in the Extended Interfaith Family

Professional view including tips on the best way to create a welcoming Jewish environment for non-Jewish relatives.

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Being Great Grandparents to Children of Interfaith Couples

Professional advice from a social worker and author about?how to constructively cope with the news that your child will marry a non-Jew.

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Appreciating Intermarried Families in Our Synagogues

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.

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Everything We Know about What Jews Look Like Is Wrong

A woman discusses the changing faces of Judaism and the increased diversity within the faith.

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Our Children Are Our Hope and Our Life and Partners Who Are Not Jewish Are Raising Our Children Well

Professional view from an outreach worker about interfaith families being the future of Judaism.

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Interfaith Marriage is Good for the Jews

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.

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