Becky & Femi at a wedding

Learning the Hard Way How to Communicate with My Fiancé

“Oh…I thought I told you about that.” A phrase I’ve said far too often during wedding planning

Rabbi Marc Rubenstein officiates a wedding

Rabbi Marc’s Top 5 Tips for Engaged Interfaith Couples

Top 5 tips for engaged couples. This rabbi’s seen it all

Becky & Femi

The C Word

Becky isn’t expecting her fiance’s response to her Christmas tree opposition


Finding Your Officiant

One of the first decisions a couple has to make in planning for their wedding ceremony is who will officiate.  When planning a Jewish wedding incorporating multiple faith backgrounds, you have a number of options as to who can be your officiant. You may choose to have solely Jewish clergy (a rabbi or cantor—for the […]

wedding dance

Communication: Talking to Your Partner and Your Families

When planning a wedding, communication is key.  You’ll be communicating with one or more of the following: clergy or other officiant, a wedding planner, florist, caterer, DJ or band, relatives and many others.  But most importantly, you have to communicate with your partner.


How Do We Talk About Hate as a Family?

By Elizabeth Vocke A couple of weeks ago, as we were going to sleep, my husband said, “I’m sorry there are people out there who don’t like you because of your religion.” I have to say, I was a little startled by the comment, though it was appreciated. As a Conservative Jewish person growing up […]


I Do! A Jewish Premarital Counseling Program

Professional view article from a?program developer?about I Do, a Jewish Family Services?premarital class devised to help interfaith couples?prepare their?relationship?and themselves spiritually, emotionally, and logistical


Inside Intermarriage: A Christian Partner’s Journey Raising a Jewish Family

This post originally appeared on and is reprinted with permission. August 1, 2017 is the publication date for the new version of Jim Keen’s Inside Intermarriage: A Christian Partner’s Journey Raising a Jewish Family. I was honored to write the foreword to this one-of-a-kind book: the warm, personal, light-hearted but very serious story of a Protestant man […]


A Tale of Two Kitchens

“We’re not doing this!” Andy was visibly upset. “I won’t do it!” It was a year into our relationship and we were in his car heading to his dad’s house in the middle of nowhere. The topic that inspired this reaction was none other than kashrut, a set of Jewish dietary laws that I happen […]


Will My Husband Understand The Annex?

By Madeleine Deliee Shortly after the election last November, a friend sent me a real estate listing. It was for a private island in Scotland, including several buildings, its own postage stamp and infrastructure. I started breaking down costs, much to my husband’s bewilderment. He didn’t understand. But when I talked to my mother about it, […]