Pregnancy and Birth Ceremonies

Information on Jewish baby-naming ceremonies, bris, circumcision, baptism

READ MORE

Is Heaven Denied to an Unbaptized Child: For Catholic Parents with Jewish Children

Clarification of the Catholic Church’s position on baptism, Heaven and the Jewish people.

READ MORE

From Baptism to Bar Mitzvah: Navigating a Dual-Faith First Communion

By Sheri Kupres When my Catholic husband and I decided to participate in a dual baby-naming/baptism ceremony for our firstborn, it was not warmly accepted by my Jewish parents. The ceremony, while wonderful for the three of us starting our journey as a dual-faith family, was fraught with tension. So when we had two more […]

READ MORE

Celebrating Two Faiths Without My Parents’ Blessing

By Sheri Kupres Thirteen years ago I married a Catholic man from Chicago. I was raised as a Conservative Jew north of Boston. We met through mutual friends when I moved to Chicago. Prior to getting married, my husband and I agreed that we would pass along both of our religious beliefs to our children; we […]

READ MORE

A Surprise Announcement (aka a Love Story)

Once upon a time, Amy, a divorced Jewish girl from Jersey, met Matt, a divorced Irish Catholic boy from Philly, in the unlikely state of Maine. They went on some dates. Amy tried to convince herself Matt was too “nice and normal” and Matt ignored her and made her dinner and bought her flowers.They both […]

READ MORE

My 6-Year-Old Changed Her Name

Naming things gives us a connection to them. Even little children name their lovies and their toys. We label and name to organize things in our minds and to recognize things. How surprising it has been for me as a mother to have a child who says she knows she is the gender not typically […]

READ MORE

The New Mikvah for The New Inter-Faith Wedding; Spiritual Readiness in the Modern World

In many religious communities, it is customary for men and women to spiritually ready themselves before they walk down the aisle. A traditional observance of Orthodox Jews is to take a bath, or immerse themselves into a sacred pool known as a mikveh. For those more familiar with Christian metaphors, it would be like getting […]

READ MORE

Meetings with the Monsignor

In order for my marriage to Sam to be recognized in the Catholic Church, I have to request permission from the Diocese for a special dispensation in order to marry a non-Catholic who was never baptized. Anne’s Baptism  This document also requires my signature under this statement: “I reaffirm my faith in Jesus Christ and […]

READ MORE

Helping Couples Cope with the Bris/Baptism Question

A professional view urging interfaith couples to pick a bris or baptism, and to realize that not having a baptism doesn’t mean the child is disconnected from the non-Jewish parent.

READ MORE

Is Avoiding Birth Ceremonies Really a Good Option?

Professional view about the negative consequences for a child when a couple can’t agree on which religion to raise the child in and then decide to do “both.”

READ MORE