Will Jews Ever Normalize “Non-Jews” [a Term We Don’t Like to Use] and Marrying Them

I had a very interesting day yesterday. It started with a phone interview with a graduate student in journalism writing a story about Jewish-Muslim relationships. She had a Jewish parent and a Muslim parent herself, and was involved with a group of young Jewish-Muslim couples. She told me that some of them had decided to […]

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Say Yes to Interfaith Families

Susanna struggles to feel accepted in the Jewish community as the partner who is not Jewish, while she simultaneously struggles against anti-Semitism.

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Welcome to Exodus!

This is kind of exciting: we start a new (secular) year on the calendar and start a new book of the Bible, Exodus or Sh’mot which in Hebrew means “[These Are the] Names,” taken from the opening phrase of the book. The book begins with a very short history of how the Children of Israel […]

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Reappropriating Kapparot: Rubber Chickens and Jewish Anxiety

A new take on an old spiritual practice, designed to rid you of Jewish anxiety and feelings of exclusion from the Jewish community.

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An Acquired Taste

A man’s reflection on a Bat Mitzvah he attended where the girl’s mother had converted to Judaism and non-Jewish family members were present at the service.

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Judaism Is Not a Closed Club

A woman recalls her father-in-law’s past and reflects upon changes in society with respect to Jews and interfaith couples.

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Lets Make the Language of Jewish Prayer Inclusive

The personal narrative of a man who feels that a translated ending to a morning prayer, in which one thanks God for making him or her a Jew, excludes the non-Jews of his synagogue.

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Outreach Yes… but Not at the Expense of Standards

Professional view from a rabbi defending his and his synagogue’s policy to welcome non-Jewish partners in interfaith marriages, but prohibit them from participating in ritual practices. 

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What We Can Learn from Interfaith Families

Professional view from Ed Case about the Jewish choices and identities of interfaith couples and families, as collected from an InterfaithFamily.com essay contest.

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