Kristin's conversion

Converting Meant Adding Judaism, Not Losing Japanese

My journey to Judaism started long before I met my now-husband Bryan, but my interest in it deepened because of him and his Jewish heritage. I’ve always been interested in learning about my Japanese heritage, so when Bryan and I started discussing our future together, I was quietly interested in conversion early on.

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Kristin's wedding

Planning a Japanese, American & Jewish Wedding

Kristin’s wedding was a beautiful coming together of multiple traditions. See what went into the key decisions.

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Why Be Jewish Today?

Anti-Semitic acts have been happening in our country every day for the past couple of months. And every day I get asked the same question, “Why should I be Jewish?” To be Jewish is to accept the challenges along with the joys. To have Jewish heritage is to be born into a club of which […]

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How to Include Everyone in Our Jewish-Mexican Wedding

How to Include Everyone in Our Jewish-Mexican Wedding

By Hila Ratzabi Photos by Rachel Eliza Griffiths When José and I first started dating, my Jewish parents were not pleased. Though my mom is fairly liberal, some instinct flared up in her that has roots in centuries of Jewish fear of disappearance. Though that fear has lessened over the decades for many Jewish families, particularly […]

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What the Term “Interfaith Family” Means

Today on eJewishPhilanthropy, Allison McMillan wrote an important piece, “Intermarried, Not Interfaith.” Her husband was an atheist when they met, had no religious connection to any holidays, is exploring Jewish traditions quite extensively, and has decided not to convert, in her words, “at least not right now.” She says their biggest issue is that they […]

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Jewish Genes: Are They in Our DNA or in Our Stories?

Where are you from? It seems an innocent enough question. But as our families become more and more diverse, the answer can get wonderfully complicated. Recently at a “Saturdays Unplugged” event at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco, I asked attendees about their ancestry and invited them to place pins in a world map marking […]

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My Name is Shannon, and I’m a Jew

By Shannon Naomi Zaid My internship with the Jewish United Federation and InterfaithFamily has put me in religious Jewish settings that I wouldn’t have normally found myself in. During one of these times, working an InterfaithFamily booth at an event, an issue was brought to my attention that I’d never thought existed: prejudice based on […]

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Wade in the Water at Mayyim Hayyim

Well, I went to the water one day to pray. And my soul got happy and I stayed all day. [Don’t you know that God’s gonna trouble the water!] – “Wade in the Water” Mary Mary As a Jewish woman who feels deeply rooted in her African- and Native-American family’s heritage, the famous Negro spiritual […]

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How Grandparents Can Share Their Jewish Heritage with Interfaith Grandchildren

Helpful suggestions for grandparents wanting to share their Jewish heritage with grandchildren of interfaith families.

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I Am Party Mix

An essay and video monologue on the lesson that comes with the author’s struggle to accept who she is and where she came from. multi-cultural, mixed, heritage, Jewish, monologue, video, ethnicities, interfaith dating, interfaith, interdating,

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