More interfaith families raising their children Jewish are participating in secular Easter activities in a way that they believe does not compromise their children?s Jewish identity. These trends emerged from the sixth annual Passover/Easter Survey conducted by InterfaithFamily.com.
InterfaithFamily.com has surveyed how interfaith couples raising their children deal with the “Spring dilemma,” the confluence of Passover and Easter, annually the past six years. Some observers of intermarriage have cast a skeptical eye on interfaith families raising Jewish children participating in Christmas and Easter activities, arguing that interfaith families can’t impart a strong Jewish identity to their children and celebrate Christian holidays. The results of InterfaithFamily.com’s surveys suggest that they are doing so.
Interfaith families raising Jewish children who participate in Easter celebrations are giving clear priority to Passover over Easter, both as a family celebration and as a religious holiday:
The great majority (91%) of interfaith families raising Jewish children are comfortable celebrating Passover, while less than half (47%) are comfortable celebrating Easter. However, the only significant trend in this year?s survey compared to last year?s is fewer reporting discomfort with Easter this year (19%) than last year (34%).
“We continue to see normalization of interfaith couples raising Jewish children and participating in Easter,” said Edmund Case, CEO of InterfaithFamily.com. “But these families by very large measure see their Easter celebrations as entirely secular in nature and not confusing to their children?s Jewish identity.”
Other key findings on interfaith families raising Jewish children include:
For more information, read our report What We Learned from the 2010 Passover-Easter Survey (PDF) (also available in Word format)
The unleavened bread eaten during Passover.
The spring holiday commemorating the exodus of the Jews from Egypt.
“Order” in Hebrew. Refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu B’Shevat meals.