How My Hindu Husband Became the Favorite Jewish Grandchild

By Jessica Melwani I’d been dating the man who’d eventually become my husband for about a year when my grandmother sat me down for a heart-to-heart. “I saw Aishwarya Rai on Oprah last week. You know, the Dollywood [she meant Bollywood] actress? Stunning girl!” Then came the truth bomb: “She told Oprah that your boyfriend already […]

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How a Symbol Proved to Me that Love Always Wins

By Debra Lipenta I, like many people, was deeply shaken after the results of the presidential election. After feeling so hopeful and then having that hope shattered, I really struggled internally. I feared the recent divisive and hateful rhetoric might take our nation and our communities back to a less accepting, less safe time. When I […]

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What I Learned From My Son’s Hindu-Jewish Relationship

By Steven Fisher This is the story of how a Jewish couple added to and became part of our changing America. But more important, this story is about what I learned when my wife, Robina, and I were introduced via our son to a religion, culture and traditions that we thought were so different from […]

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A Millennial’s Take on Interfaith Dating

By Nicole Rodriguez Whenever I meet someone new, there’s always an instant connection the moment I find out they’re Jewish. It’s almost like an immediate form of familiarity, even though we just met. However, when I meet someone from a different faith, I am just as interested to learn more about their culture as I […]

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We Chose Love with a Full Moon Ritual

By Kelly Banker The moon has recently become new, and therefore our Jewish calendar has just transitioned to the month of Av, one of my favorite months of the year. Av is a time to celebrate love and to recognize destruction in our histories and in our world. I appreciate this duality, the way that […]

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I’m Finally Dating Again Post-Divorce… But He’s Not Jewish

By Stacey Zisook Robinson Editor’s note: This author describes difficulty finding a rabbi to officiate her wedding in Chicago. We urge couples to utilize our free rabbi referral service, available here. If you are in the Chicago area, or any of our InterfaithFamily/Your Community areas, our rabbi/directors can help guide you. I’m dating. Again. Post-divorce, […]

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Getting Most of the Words Right

By Laurel Snyder This blog post originally appeared at Rituallwell.org in honor of Interfaith Family Month I have never suggested to my Catholic-born husband that he convert. As a child of intermarriage myself, whose parents always maintained their own distinct religions (but raised me Jewish), conversion wasn’t part of my heritage. It was enough, I thought, […]

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Turn Jew and I’ll Marry You

This blog post was reprinted with permission from Red Said What?  By Jennifer Reinharz Larry and I struck our deal over Sicilian pie. “Turn Jew and I’ll marry you.” I shook my head.  “You’re crazy.” “Then raise the kids Jewish.” Bringing up nonexistent children in a faith other than my own seemed easier to digest […]

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Laundry Room Mishpacha; a Rosh Hashanah Tale

This blog post was reprinted with permission from Red Said What?  By Jennifer Reinharz After Hurricane Sandy, roughly six weeks post Rosh Hashanah 2012, we temporarily moved into my in-laws’ apartment.  The building is home to a number of observant Jewish families, my in-laws included. Waiting in the laundry room, I noticed a grandma folding […]

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Jake Chooses Love and We Choose Jake

After more than two years of studying, Jake will become a bar mitzvah this fall. How does Jake #ChooseLove?

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