The Conversations We Should be Having

…with Grandparents with Grandchildren of Interfaith Marriages   By Rabbi Richard Address, D. Min.  In my travels to congregations and Jewish organizations for Jewish Sacred Aging, many issues seem to emerge organically in discussions of family dynamics. More often than not, concerns about caregiving and end-of-life issues are quickly raised. Not unusually, as situations get unpacked, […]

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Beyond the Bagel: A Vegan Shabbat Dinner

By Zoe Crum My husband, Erik, and I recently attended “Love and Religion,” a workshop for interfaith couples who are exploring their spirituality and how their religion, spirituality and traditional practices will play into their future lives. I myself am not Jewish—Erik is—and I was raised, as we collectively decided to put it in class, […]

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Take the Fifth: How an Intermarried Woman Honors Parents

By Joy Fields We are commanded to honor our parents. The fifth commandment can present a few challenges, however, like when my Jewish mother is sitting next to my Presbyterian father-in-law in his favorite Chinese restaurant, waving a pink morsel around on her fork and loudly asking, “What is this?” “It may be pork, Mom, […]

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Key Ingredients for a Lasting Interfaith Marriage

By Elizabeth Vocke When my husband and I first started dating I was what you might call a serial monogamist—I had a string of long-term relationships that never really went anywhere. So when we met, I decided to change things up and ignore some of those relationship “milestones” that I’d sped toward in the past. […]

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Why I Waited for Interfaith Love

By Brianne Nadeau It took me 20 years to find the love of my life. If you told me 10 years ago, or even 15 years ago that I’d end up with a man raised Presbyterian, on a farm, who is also a war veteran, I would have laughed at you. But if you asked me […]

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The Interfaith-Humanist-Vegan Passover Seder: A Mouthful in Many Ways

By Jared David Berezin When our eyes begin to burn and tear up my wife and I look at each other and laugh. That’s when we know the horseradish is ready. We also bake our own homemade matzah, and the unleavened flat bread resembles pita or injera (Ethiopian bread). Preparing Passover-friendly food from scratch and […]

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Why I Co-Officiate Interfaith Marriages

By Laura Baum The most popular days to get engaged are Christmas (and I assume Hanukkah!), New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day. That means this time of year is one when rabbis like me get lots of phone calls to officiate at upcoming wedding ceremonies. One of my favorite parts of my rabbinate is officiating […]

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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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Intermarried Rabbis Are Not the Problem

By Rabbi Keith Stern Temple Beth Avodah, Newton, MA My friend Marcus and I were in rabbinic school together. He was a rebel, a guy who reflexively said no when anyone said yes. No one could tell him what to do. He was raised in a predominantly Jewish community in New Jersey that unceremoniously fled […]

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