Kristin and her husband

What Happens to Ritual Between Marriage and Babies?

Kristin struggles with how to keep spiritual rituals alive post-wedding, pre-baby

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Liz and baby Helen

Mourning, Friendship and the Future

There is a way to mourn in Judaism and then there is what really happens over the years

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Being Jewish (and Buddhist and Christian and Chinese)

By Amourence Lee A good story is supposed to have a beginning, middle and end, right? Well, this story about being Jewish only has a beginning. Yep, I’m Jewish. Exactly 50% Ashkenazi according to my genome. And Jewish law says I’m 100 percent because my mother is Jewish—which also makes my kids Jewish. I spent […]

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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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The Rabbi and the Elephant: How I Officiated a Cosmopolitan Interfaith Wedding in Thailand

With guests from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Thailand and the U.S. present, Nad and Alex’s wedding was easily one of the most cosmopolitan I had ever officiated. With a fairly traditional inclusive Jewish ceremony, bookended by Thai customs, it was definitely one of the most intercultural. Throw in the fact that I was upstaged by an elephant, and you have the backdrop for a great story!

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Issues Specific to Jewish-Muslim, Jewish-Hindu and Jewish-Buddhist Weddings

Here are a few resources for some of the more frequently occurring interfaith weddings other than Jewish-Christian weddings.

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Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor Talk about Their Interfaith Weddings

Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor discuss their many vow renewals– a Catholic ceremony, a Protestant ceremony, two Jewish ceremonies and a Buddhist ceremony.

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Smartmom: Meditating on My Jewish Identity

Personal narrative from an intermarried Jewish mom who dabbles in Buddhism but still feels the pull (the guilt?) of High Holidays services.

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Does OK Really Mean OK?

Personal narrative from an ethnically Jewish Buddhist about the linguistic difficulties she has in disagreements with her Tibetan Buddhist husband.

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Moving Beyond Grief

Personal narrative from an atheist Jewish woman who was struggling to rebuild her life after her husband’s death and found comfort in Buddhist practice.

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