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Practical ideas, wisdom, and encouragement on strengthening interfaith
relationships from the experts―those involved in and with them.
“This is a book about my family. And about your family, too. But truly, this is a book about the entire Jewish community and its future.... A generation ago, my family constellation might have been seen as an aberration. Today we are typical. Which is why this book is so timely, and so important. The essays in this book describe the life and challenges of the Jewish family at the start of the twenty-first century. And although there are dilemmas and problems on these pages, there are also helpful strategies and spiritual epiphanies. There is wisdom, humor, and hope.”
―from the Foreword by Anita Diamant
In this first-of-its-kind resource, Jewish and non-Jewish members of interfaith families―grandparents, parents, children, dating and committed couples, Jews-by-Choice, and extended family members―and the rabbis, cantors, family educators, and outreach professionals who work with them, offer you their own first-hand experience. An ideal gift, this book offers essential support for families of any constellation who are exploring Jewish life while respecting the heritage and traditions of those they love.
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I hope you will feel this book offers emotional support as well as practical information, and that you'll feel part of a welcoming community when you read it.
The many contributors to the book shared their intimate experiences in the belief that sharing them would help others. I hope that as readers, you find that to be true.
We tried to cover a broad array of issues encountered by interfaith couples, everything from adopting a child and converting that child, interfaith divorce and stepfamily issues, to mourning a mother who was part of a different faith tradition.From the Inside Flap:
Let's those who've "been there" provide you with wisdom and insight on living--and thriving--as an interfaith couple or family.
Issues such as which holidays to observe and how, locating an officiant for a wedding, or celebrating the birth of a child take on additional meaning, and potentially more divisiveness, when one partner is Jewish and the other is of a different religious tradition.
The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life is the first-of-its-kind resource where Jewish and non-Jewish members of interfaith families--as well as the professionals who work with them--offer their own personal experience and advice on these issues. It is for:
Parents and relatives of interfaith couples.
Children of interfaith parents.
Jews-by-Choice who have non-Jewish relatives.
Jewish and non-Jewish relatives of Jews-by-Choice.
Jewish and non-Jewish friends who want to better understand interfaith couples and Jews-by-Choice.
Jewish or interfaith couples who have adopted a non-Jewish child.
Professionals and lay leaders in the Jewish or any other faith community who work with interfaith couples or Jews-by-Choice.
Members of the Jewish or any other faith community who are concerned about interfaith marriage and who want to better understand interfaith families and choices made by interfaith couples.
If you, a loved one, or a friend are directly involved in an interfaith relationship, or if you counsel those in interfaith relationships, this essential guide will help answer your questions and ease your concerns.
An ideal gift and family reference, this is practical support for families who want to explore and engage in a Jewish life while respecting the heritage and traditions of those they love.
"Takes the reality of contemporary Jewish life seriously--and offers insightful, sensitive and thought-provoking guidance. There is much in this book that I find to be wise and some with which I do not agree. But no matter! In a world our grandparents could never have dreamed of, these authors are struggling to help Jewish and non-Jewish adults willfully and joyfully raise Jewish children and support a Jewish family."
Rabi Lavey Derby (Conservative)Rabbi of Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon, California
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