It’s Complicated– My Orthodox Synagogue’s Welcome for My Interfaith Family

I cannot lie to you and say that we were encouraged to marry or that the policies of the synagogue embrace or validate our union. I can say, however, that we are definitely treated by the community like we belong there.

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An Interfaith Engagement

I didn’t imagine that my announcement to spend the rest of my life with the person I love would be met with anything but approval. Which is why it stung so sharply when that wasn’t the case.

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A Trumpet in the Wadi

Review of the Israeli film A Trumpet in the Wadi  about a romance between a Christian-Arab woman and a Jewish man.

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Choosing a Birth Ceremony and Telling My Parents

Professional view from a Reform outreach director–and convert to Judaism–discussing her parents’ anxieties over their grandchildren’s circumcision.

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Reaching Out to Interfaith Children

Reprinted professional view from rabbi Jerome Epstein, executive director of the Conservative movement, explaining a new initiative to Jewishly engage and educate the children of interfaith couples.

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A Wedding Without Klezmer

When her youngest brother got a girl in trouble in the early 1950s, it was very hard on their immigrant Jewish family.

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Extended family walking together in the park

When a Child Makes a Choice

Personal narrative by a rabbi who is hurt by, but eventually accepts, her two sons’ conversion to Christianity

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From Passion to Despair: An Ill-Fated Interfaith Romance

A review of the film Solomon and Gaenor, which follows the tale of a Jewish man who falls in love with a Welsh woman and hides his Jewish identity, which only results in pain and tragedy.

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Daughter of the Covenant

A personal narrative from a Jewish woman married to a non-Jewish Irish man about the journey to their daughter’s unique baby-naming ceremony–replete with bagpipes.

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Where Do We Come From? Do We Know Where We Are Going?

Personal narrative from an intermarried man describing his parents (both survivors) and how their experiences instilled in him the importance of Jewish continuity.  He describes how he wanted to marry a Jew, but ultimately felt good about mar

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