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Start by Dropping the 'Non-Jew'

Lindsey Silken | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Lindsey Silken

Respect the audience you seek to invite into your fold by treating them as equals to everyone else in your fold. If someone feels that they are being tolerated and not celebrated, they may not walk through your door.

Multiracial Millennial Jewish Children of Intermarriage -- Are We Meeting Them Where They Are At?

Helen K. Kim | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Helen K. Kim

Given that a multicultural, multiracial and Jewish identity are inseparable from one another and inform each other, Jewish experiences and education need to more accurately reflect how this population sees itself.

Rabbis With Non-Jewish Partners

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.

Reconstructionist Judaism is predicated upon each generation reconstructing Judaism to be relevant and meaningful for its time. The effects of intermarriage have not been as dire as some have predicted. Judaism and Jewish life have not ceased to exist when families intermarry.

Letter to My Brother

Jill W. Smith | Posted 06.12.2015 | Religion
Jill W. Smith

I was wrong, and I am sorry. I was fearful that when you married someone who wasn't Jewish and to whom conversion was not a significant consideration, that we would lose you, mom wouldn't have Jewish grandchildren, and that everything that is beautiful about Judaism that we both love would cease.

Bad for the Jews, Bad for America

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Sandy Goodman

The American Jewish community is coming apart at the seams. Its vital center is collapsing, and the entire group is increasingly polarized by runaway growth at both extremes: religious fundamentalism on one end, secular non-belief on the other.

On Embracing the Diversity of the Jewish Diaspora

David A. Love | Posted 06.07.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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


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 | 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...