Interfaith Families

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The Joys and Struggles of Planning an Interfaith Wedding

By Samantha Cooper These days, when a Jew gets married, it’s likely to be to a non-Jewish partner. The famous Pew study of 2013 found...
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No Christmas Confusion for Jewish Interfaith Families

For interfaith families who have chosen a Jewish path, participating in Christmas celebrations does not influence their religious identity, the Jewish half of an...
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Creating Community for Young Interfaith Couples

Jewish groups catering to students and young professionals have begun programming for interfaith couples in hopes of creating a welcoming community where they can...
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Conservative Congregations Aim for Greater Inclusion

As the Conservative movement continues to grapple with the role of non-Jewish members during religious rituals, several local congregations have come up with their own...
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What Interfaith Families Bring to Our Congregations

Interfaith families bring a richness of customs and raise the level of mutal respect and open-mindedness in our synagogues, writes a reform rabbi. With all the...
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Faith in Inclusion

How to welcome interfaith relationships has long vexed the community, so any efforts to address their inclusion should be commended.  As tautologies go, “The heart...
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Advocating for Conversion Doesn’t Work for All Families

Converting to Judaism shouldn't be a "numbers game," writes the director of InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia. On June 24th, The Wall Street Journal ran an opinion piece with...
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Israel360: A Transformative Experience for Young Couples

Local couples toured Israel with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's inaugural Israel360 trip for couples.  Sari Elizabeth Rothrock and her husband, Kel Elkins, don’t...
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Rabbis Raised With Christmas: Growing Number Come From Intermarriages

Exact numbers are hard to come by, but by some estimates half of Reform movement rabbinical students come from interfaith families — a sign,...
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Conservative Synagogues Wrestle With Non-Jews in the Pews

The question of how Conservative synagogues treat non-Jews cuts to the heart of a philosophical and practical debate within a movement struggling over its...