Something I haven’t shared yet on this website–which I can’t believe I didn’t think of before–is the pre-marital counseling we’re doing. We’re actually doing counseling with the rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel and the minister at Alliance United Methodist Church.
Pretty early on Julie and I realized that there was something different about this relationship, and that there was a very good chance that one day we’d be making long-term plans together. As our relationship progressed, we discussed all of
I’ve had some really great questions about my “A little more about Julie” post that I thought I’d take some time to answer now. I was asked 1)how both families felt; 2)which family was more concerned about the differences in
As a child, my father’s family gathered at my grandparent’s house to celebrate Hanukkah. The celebration began at sundown with my sister and me helping light the menorah. We’d then keep ourselves occupied until dinner was ready by playing dreidel
Since our initial post was so brief, I thought I’d take a minute to post a little more detail about how my faith played a role in my life to this point. Growing up, my Mom, older sister, and I
Yes, yes, yes, we know Hanukkah was a month ago. However, when we got all set up to blog, it was an absolutely crazy time for us, so we have some catching up to do. Now, about this Hanukkah story.
It’s been accepted wisdom that the American Jewish community is shrinking ever since the initial findings of the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01 revealed that the Jewish population in the U.S. was 5.2 million–a 300,000-person drop from the 1990 NJPS.
We recently received a video from the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, based in Boston’s North Shore. We’ve talked about the Lappin Foundation before; they fund and manage some great programs for interfaith families, but their spokespeople never miss an
My hunt for matzah in Manama, Bahrain, was one of the stranger experiences I had in the Persian Gulf. When we moved to Bahrain in the fall of 1993, I had the foresight to pack a few boxes of unleavened
My wife and I completed our wedding ceremony by walking seven circles together. Not the Jewish tradition of the bride’s seven circles around the groom, but the Hindu tradition in which the bride and the groom
At age twenty-three, with a degree in Public Policy, much study of Third World Economics, and a keen interest in overseas development, my son Tony went off to start an NGO in India. Five and a half years into the
Spring is definitely in the air. Unprompted by nothing other than a powerful urge to “renew and refresh,” I’ve recently cleared out closets, emptied cabinets, and wiped down cupboards–the better to fill them with enough chocolate rabbits, candy eggs, marshmallow
I walked through the open-air market, filling my bags with the new spring garlic, brilliant vegetables, fresh-caught fish, and fragrant herbs. Preparing for Passover seders takes a long time; in our case, it was several years. And the place was
Reprinted from the New Jersey Jewish Standard with permission of the author.
Jorma Kaukonen is nine-years sober. He’s made it through more than 40 years of hard rock ‘n’ roll living.
At 65, he seems content.
What if my daughter started dating somebody who wasn’t Jewish? How should I react? The standard expected reaction would be to get upset, but as a woman who converted to Judaism my response is decidedly different.
Although my friends and
Forty years later, I can remember my father telling me, “No, you can’t go out with boys who are not Jewish, and that is the end of the story.” Of course, that was not the end of
In my Catholic home in Puerto Rico, the smell of a roasting ham in the oven meant only one thing: Easter! Add a dish of rice with cabbage and bacon (because you can never have too much pig), potato salad
We are blessed with a loving relationship with our two sons. When our younger son met the gal he planned to marry, we flew to California to meet her. She was bright, beautiful, funny, and not Jewish.
I was surprised
Several years ago, I led a support group for women experiencing infertility. As often happened in such groups, members got to talking about why they were being “punished” for infertility. Spontaneously, the women began to offer up
In HBO’s superb two-part production of “Angels in America,” one of the many themes playwright Tony Kushner touches on is interfaith relationships. In Kushner’s world of interlocking circles, interfaith partners recognize their religious differences but appear able to accept them.
“I’m getting married!” The words rang out as I announced the news to my parents. “Mazel Tov!” (Congratulations!”), my father exclaimed. My mother scoffed, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” There was a reason for mom’s disparaging remark. I
A review of A Nonjudgmental Guide to Interfaith Marriage: Making Interfaith Marriage Work (Xlibris Corporation, 2002, 280 pages), by Steven Carr Reuben.
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