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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How to Pick an Interfaith-Friendly Synagogue

By Jordyn Rozensky When I asked my partner who is not Jewish if we could start visiting synagogues in hopes of finding a formal Jewish home for our worship and community, he agreed immediately.  His first step was to clear Sundays on his calendar—until I reminded him that while church meets on Sundays, Shabbat services […]

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How Jewish Am I?

By Nicole Rodriguez I am Jewish. I identify as being Jewish. Well, actually, I identify as being Jew-ish. I was born Jewish, but was raised in a non-observant home. No synagogue, no bat mitzvah and no serious Jewish boyfriend (yet?) to help me learn about Judaism and Jewish culture. We did have the occasional tradition […]

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Judaism Without Walls

By Jared David Berezin Why am I an unaffiliated Jew? In many ways, I should want to join a congregation. I’m in my early 30s. I’ve had a bar mitzvah. I’ve traveled to Israel. I enjoy celebrating Jewish holidays, including Shabbat. Passover is my favorite time of the year, and my wife and I love hosting […]

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This is Why Purim is the Original Interfaith Holiday

By Dana Marlowe This article was reprinted with permission from Kveller.com, a fast-growing, award-winning website for parents raising Jewish and interfaith kids. Follow Kveller on Facebook and sign up for their newsletters here. When I explain Purim to those less familiar with the holiday, I tell them it’s kind of like Jewish Halloween. Not so […]

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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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An Open Letter to Judaism from an Interfaith Family

Dear Judaism, Well I’ve gone and done it. I didn’t mean to make you mad, but I can tell that I did. There I was, a Jewish girl from New York, living my life, building a career, being a young adult in a big city, when out of nowhere — BAM — I fell in love with a kind […]

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