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On Embracing the Diversity of the Jewish Diaspora

David A. Love | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

As Jewish people across the United States and throughout the world celebrate Passover an remember their past, this is a perfect time to reflect on diversity and the future of the Jewish diaspora.

Lady Sinderby and Maintaining Jewish Community in a Time of Interfaith Marriage

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Despite its button-lip image of British aristocracy, Downton Abbey doesn't shy away from controversy. The latest is Jewish intermarriage and anti-semitism. The two are intertwined. For those of you who are not Downton Abbey aficionados, here is a summary of the latest plot developments.

Let Us Check More Than One Religion Box

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

Imagine for a moment that you are a teenager, arriving at college for your first year, and that you come from an interfaith family. Perhaps you were raised in one religion, but now, you feel drawn to explore the other religion.

Strange Bedfellows

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.22.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Strange Wives: The Paradox of Biblical Intermarriage

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

As an interfaith child, and an interfaith parent, I have often faced the argument that Judaism has always prohibited intermarriage. As we enter yet another period of extensive interfaith marriage in the Jewish community, Strange Wives asks us to study, and remember, this part of our past.

What It Means to Raise a Half-Jewish Child

Meredith Hale | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

never felt more Jewish than when I intermarried. Suddenly, I was faced with the challenge of holding on to a faith I'd never fully identified with, for fear of losing it amid boisterous Christmas mornings or Easter feasts.

7 Ways For Interfaith Families To Find Community

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Susan Katz Miller

Even though we bridge contrasting theologies, many interfaith families still seek the benefits of religious community: a place for children to gain religious literacy, a place to reflect and sing and experience rituals together, a source of support in times of trouble.

When 'Mixed Marriage' Means Secular and Religious: In Faith and In Doubt

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

I often argue that every marriage is mixed, since no two individuals share identical beliefs or practices. If that is so, then all our children are lucky, as long as we provide them with interfaith literacy, and encourage them to wrestle with big questions.

Kimchi and Latkes: Growing Up Korean and Jewish

Victoria Namkung | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Victoria Namkung

Generally speaking, Asians and Jews have a lot in common: a strong sense of family and culture, priorities on education and success and troubled wartime histories. And let's be honest, a Korean mother is basically a Jewish mother with a stronger accent.

Not Interfaith Marriage, Two-Faith Marriage

Abraham Gutman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Abraham Gutman

Many American Jewish leaders fear that interfaith relationships will be the downfall of the Jewish community. But from the perspective of a Jewish guy that fell in love with a Christian girl, my marriage is not the problem. The Jewish community is.

Jewvangelist: Parody, Practicality or Prohibition?

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

In a convincingly Jewish fashion (and fittingly created by both Jews and non-Jews), a new YouTube comedy series entitled Jewvangelist is generating a following and providing an opportunity to reopen this challenging internal dialogue.

Jewish Intermarriage and Israel

Benjamin Barer | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Barer

To claim that the decline in my generation's attachment to Israel is principally due to our being a generation of less connected Jews is to cling too strongly to the ideology that the modern State of Israel is and always will be a bona fide marker of a Jew's commitment to his or her religion.

People of the Story... or the Study?

Samara Hutman | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Samara Hutman

Tonight is mid-stream Chanukah and Thanksgiving is behind us. In the end, I'm not sure the confluence of the two birthed any physical or spiritual properties for my family or me.

Huge Changes May Hit Conservative Judaism

The Jewish Daily Forward | Josh Nathan-Kazis | Posted 12.02.2013 | Religion

A top Conservative movement official thinks that Conservative rabbis should be allowed to participate in interfaith weddings. ...

7 Myths About Raising Interfaith Kids

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Susan Katz Miller

This time of year, many interfaith families are preparing to feast on latkes, light Hanukkah candles at the Thanksgiving table and then move on to making Christmas cookies. But beyond holiday celebrations, is it a good idea to raise kids in two religions?

How to Save American Judaism

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The essential nature of Reform is visionary change to meet the needs of modern American Jews. A call for rabbis to officiate at interfaith weddings might not be politically smart. But it would fulfill the spiritual mission and catalyze the growth of liberal Judaism in this century.

Attention American Jews: Let's Not Be Afraid

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

Instead of searching out problems and solutions, maybe we need to trust ourselves, our heritage and our Torah, and take a moment to marvel at the strength of Jewish life that has survived so many cultures throughout so many centuries.

Why More Jewish Women Are Staying Single

Melanie Notkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Earlier today, Pew Research released A Portrait of American Jewry, the first study of American Jewish life in over 10 years. It seems love and marriage are more elusive than ever before for Jewish women and men in America.

A Jewish Marriage Resolution We Can Keep

Diane Tobin | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Diane Tobin

American Jews simply cannot enjoy the benefits of American pluralism, which we surely do, while pretending we are not living in the most dynamic religious marketplace in the world.

Andrea Stone

Black And White Is Country's Biggest Multiracial Group

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 09.27.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- From 2000 to 2010, the number of Americans who consider themselves multiracial grew faster than those who self-identify as a single race...

A New Year To Engage Interfaith Families in Jewish Life

Edmund C. Case | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion
Edmund C. Case

This new Jewish year can be the start of a sustained communal effort to engage interfaith families. The New York study's figures show that the goal of having more than 50 percent of interfaith families raise their children Jewish is within reach.

"Partially Jewish" and Proud: Interfaith Identity

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 08.24.2012 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

I want to point out that I am not partial to the term "partial." I do not consider myself a "partial" anything. I have never heard anyone describe themselves as "partially Jewish." I am a self-defined full Jew, who also insists on my right to celebrate my birth into an interfaith family.

1 In 10 American Marriages Are Interracial

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Lai | Posted 04.27.2012 | Weddings

One in 10 American marriages are between partners of a different race or ethnicity, according to data released on Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau....

A Troubled Experiment's Forgotten Lesson in Racial Integration

Carina Ray | Posted 06.01.2012 | Black Voices
Carina Ray

The year 2012 marks the fortieth anniversary of my Puerto Rican mother and Irish-Italian father's unusual wedding. They met and married in an experimental community called Synanon, where I was born.

Why Your Parents May Worry About Your Interfaith Wedding

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 05.08.2012 | Weddings
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Interfaith and intercultural issues usually come with many layers; they may be more complex or serious depending on the culture from which your family hails, their personal religious values, and their attachment to their traditions.