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Resources for Parents Whose Children Are in Interfaith Relationships

When some parents first find out their child is dating or marrying someone who is not Jewish, they may not feel like celebrating. This can be a difficult time and you should honor your feelings. But it’s also important to understand and appreciate your child’s happiness and life decisions. Here are some resources to help guide you through this time.

Couple who just got engaged

Tips for Parents of Children Who Are Intermarrying” by 18Doors

For the Parents: How to respond…” by Wendy Armon and Joycellen Young Auritt, Ph.D.

We’re Interfaith: Now What Do I Tell My Sons about Dating?” By Aliza Walker

My Children Married Out–and It Breaks My Heart” (from The Seesaw advice column in The Forward)

Divorce: When You Do What You Do—and Not What You Say” by Ilene Springer

What Is a Parent to Do?” by Carol S. Targum

From My Perspective: How Joining a Parents of Interfaith Children Group Helped Me” by Bobbie Friedman


18Doors is here to support interfaith couples and families exploring Jewish life. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship provides offerings for couples in cities nationwide. If you have questions, please contact


Author: 18Doors