Don’t Sweat the Jewish Stuff

A mother worries whether her non-Jewish family and friends will feel comfortable at her son’s bar mitzvah.

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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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A Thank-You Note to My Mother-In-Law

My mother-in-law’s email about Christmas gifts for her was simple: “Have composed an extensive ‘Wish List’ on Amazon for those who might be looking for ideas!” When I logged onto her list, I found her typical requests for puzzles and small housewares mixed in with requests for items such as “a picture of the three […]

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Everywhere You Go There’s Always Someone or Something Jewish

A week before Thanksgiving, I stood in the doorway of a building on Skulagata, a street in Reykjavik, Iceland, with my husband and son looking out at the North Atlantic and trying to find shelter from the blustery wind that was making the 30-degree evening feel much colder. We were waiting for our tour guide […]

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The Gift Of An Inclusive and Welcoming Community

I met my friend Tracie at an interfaith moms event at my synagogue. She was friendly, and we bonded over her husband and in-laws being from the same part of New Jersey as me. Tracie immediately got involved and eventually joined the interfaith moms’ leadership team. Tracie was raised Christian but was raising Jewish children […]

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My Husband: The Jewish Parent (Who isn’t Jewish)

The email had arrived a week before I was to travel to Houston to speak to a congregation about interfaith marriage and creating a Jewish home as an interfaith couple. It said that the following week, instead of regular Sunday school, there would be a program for sixth-grade students and their parents related to b’nai […]

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The Battle of the Bar Mitzvah Guest List

Before I signed the contract for the place where we would have our son’s bar mitzvah, I needed a rough idea of the size of our group so I could let the venue know the number of people we would guarantee. I started a spreadsheet with names of family, friends, and acquaintances: anyone I could […]

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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 […]

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The Bar Mitzvah Brings Out the Big Questions

Our son will become a bar mitzvah in about a year, and I imagine that this will be the first in a series of posts about our family’s interfaith bar mitzvah journey. Since he is our oldest and only child, the bar mitzvah and its planning are new territories. Neither my husband nor I have […]

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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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