Key Ingredients for a Lasting Interfaith Marriage

By Elizabeth Vocke When my husband and I first started dating I was what you might call a serial monogamist—I had a string of long-term relationships that never really went anywhere. So when we met, I decided to change things up and ignore some of those relationship “milestones” that I’d sped toward in the past. […]

READ MORE

Celebrating Two Faiths Without My Parents’ Blessing

By Sheri Kupres Thirteen years ago I married a Catholic man from Chicago. I was raised as a Conservative Jew north of Boston. We met through mutual friends when I moved to Chicago. Prior to getting married, my husband and I agreed that we would pass along both of our religious beliefs to our children; we […]

READ MORE

In Defense of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming, in case you haven’t stepped foot in a commercial district recently. With it comes a whole host of emotions. You can hear them in casual conversations and read about them all over the blogosphere. Today, I want to put a stake in the ground in favor. In three strokes, let me […]

READ MORE

Grief in the Days of Awe

Two weeks ago, I wrote that I didn’t know yet what I would do for Yom Kippur. In the end, the Books of Life and Death helped me answer that question. Just before Yom Kippur, a beloved relative in my husband’s family passed away after a brief illness. On Erev Yom Kippur, we found ourselves driving the […]

READ MORE
Young couple with in-laws

Parents of Interfaith Couples: Your Actions Are Disingenuous

Parents: here’s what not to say to your daughter- or son-in-law

READ MORE

Let’s Celebrate Fellow Travelers on Shavuot

This post is based on an article by Rabbi Copeland that originally appeared on jweekly.com There have always been Jews-by-association. Nowadays this term, JBA for short, is becoming well known as a catch-all category for people who hang out with Jews, including people who gravitate toward Judaism, have many Jewish friends, or are partnered with […]

READ MORE

Stop Worrying About Your Future Grandchildren That Aren’t

In this Q&A from the Seesaw, an engaged couple receives heavy questioning about their future kids from future in-laws.

READ MORE

Top 10 Things We Learned from Our Passover/Easter Survey

In March 2015, InterfaithFamily conducted its 11th annual Passover/Easter Survey to determine the attitudes and behaviors of people in interfaith relationships during Passover and Easter. The survey attracted 1,136 responses—an increase of about 21% over 2014. Of those 1,136 respondents, 730 said they were in interfaith relationships. Of those, 501 have children and of those, […]

READ MORE

No Defense for Lord Sinderby

In Downton Abbey, Lord Sinderby is the disapproving Jewish father who opposes his son’s interfaith marriage to Rose. In Lord Sinderby’s time, there were virtually no opportunities for interfaith families to engage in Jewish life, unless Rose were to convert. Fortunately, we don’t live in that time anymore. Today, many interfaith families can live active […]

READ MORE

Finding Common Ground When You Have Different Backgrounds

Often couples come from different backgrounds and it can be difficult to find common ground. But usually, if people have similar value systems, couples can work out compromises in their relationship. There are a variety of differences that affect a relationship. These differences make life interesting but sometimes differences cause conflict (and hopefully resolution). My […]

READ MORE