Becky and Femi

Why We’re Jumping the Broom

Why adding a jump broom to our ceremony is so meaningful

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becky and femi

I’ll Take the Wheel, Thanks

Femi & his fiancee navigate which wedding elements to include, exclude or modify

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Proud to be LGBTQI and Interfaith

Rabbi Mychal Copeland served as director of IFF/Bay Area until June, 2017 and is now the rabbi at Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. When I met my first girlfriend at 22 years old, I fell head over heels. My mind was swirling for at least a year—processing how this person would change my life, when and […]

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Cultural Differences and Value Similarities: How We Deal with It All

A white Jewish woman discusses the ways that she and her African-American Christian husband have negotiated differences to form a close family.

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Our Most Important Difference

By Kelly Banker I had been living at Moishe Kavod House (a home-based Jewish community for young adults) for about a month when my boyfriend, Courtney, and I decided it would be exciting for him to accompany me to Shabbat services. The gatherings are always well-attended by lots of friendly folks, so I figured it […]

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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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The Autograph Man: A Novel about Growing Up with a Jewish Mother and a Chinese Father

Review of Zadie Smith’s The Autograph Man: A Novel about Growing Up with a Jewish Mother and a Chinese Father, about a child of interfaith marriage that struggles with a multiracial and multicultural identity.

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Interfaith, Interracial, Intercultural . . . and Loving It!

A personal narrative from a Jewish immigrant woman on her Christian African-American husband and their decision to raise their sons as 100% Jewish and 100% New Yorkers.

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Portrait of a Young Woman in Search of Her Authentic Self: Revie

Review of Black White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker, a memoir about her mult-racial and interfaith upbringing.

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The Interracial Interfaith Love Affairs in Secret Love

Review of Secret Love by Bart Schneider, a tale of the fatalistic romance between a Jewish man and a black woman.

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