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The Newlywed Question You’re Not Ready For

Now that they’re married, Laura & Zach face this inevitable question

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How to Make Joint Decisions as Newlyweds

Zach and I have been married for a few months now, and one of the things that has surprised me most? We don’t have a dog yet! Our friends know we’ve been talking about fostering dogs for a while, but with the wedding we never had the time.

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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 […]

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Three Denominations Under One Roof

A Reform rabbi, a Conservative rabbi and a 17-year-old Orthodox Yeshiva student sit down to eat Shabbat dinner… Sounds like the beginning of a joke, right? Well, it’s not. It was my family last Friday night. We were also joined by my two younger children. In my family, we’ve got a taste of k’lal Yisrael—the whole […]

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Celebrating Holidays as Interfaith Co-Parents

A newly separated queer mom negotiates holidays with her ex

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A Roze(nsky) By Any Other Name

In 2011, TheKnot.com surveyed almost 20,000 newlywed women. They found that only 8 percent kept their last names. Of the remaining 92 percent, 86 percent took their partner’s last name. Six percent hyphenated or created a new last name. While I’ve seen other studies that show the percentage of women who keep their last names […]

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Dispatch from the Institute: It’s a Small World, After All . . . Intercultural Interfaith Marriage

The story of how the families of a Jewish woman and her Chinese partner found compromise in the planning of their wedding and formed mutual respect for each other’s traditions.

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Beyond the December Dilemma: Writing Wedding Vows

Personal narrative in which agnostic and Jew negotiate their wedding vows–she wants no mention of God and he wants a Jewish wedding.  They ultimately decide to write their own.

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Finding the Balance

Personal narrative of Interfaith couple’s process of planning a wedding and ultimate choice of a Unitarian minister who will include both Christian and Jewish elements.

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One Rabbi’s Approach to Interfaith Wedding Ceremonies: Plus a Sample Interfaith Wedding Ceremony

Professional view article about how, given the proper setting, word choice, and symbols, elements of both Christianity and Judaism can be combined to create a personally meaningful wedding ceremony for couples.

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