Mixed Blessings: Creating Positive Interfaith, Interracial, and Interethnic Relationships

Review of Mixed Matches: How to Create Successful Interracial, Interethnic, and Interfaith Relationships. By Joel Crohn, Ph. D, examines different models of intermarriage that are not only religously disparate, but culturally as well.

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Israel–Still a Sticky Subject in Interfaith Families Like Mine

Personal narrative of an intermarried Jewish woman describing her thoughts and emotions about Israel.

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A Good Role Model

She coordinated Judaic Studies for a Jewish day school, and never realized that some of the parents thought less of her because she was in an interfaith marriage.

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Grief Defies Time Tables–Religious or Otherwise

Her husband of 25 years died and she was not ready to move on after only five years. It wasn’t because she didn’t follow Jewish mourning customs.

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Portrait of a Young Woman in Search of Her Authentic Self: Revie

Review of Black White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker, a memoir about her mult-racial and interfaith upbringing.

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O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree–Youre So Much More Than–Foli

Personal narrative about an intermarried woman who refused to have a Christmas tree in her home until her husband had a stroke and she realized how much he had missed having one.

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Pride, Prejudice and Much More: Reflections on Growing Up in Interfaith Families

Review of Half/Life, an anthology of stories from writers who grew up in interfaith homes, with one Jewish parent and one non-Jewish parent.

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A Brilliant Exploration of the Spiritual Font of Three Faiths A

Review of Marlena Thompson’s A Brilliant Exploration of the Spiritual Font of Three Faiths: A Review of Abraham, which focuses on Abraham as the common spiritual originator of Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

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An Alternative to the Traditional Hagaddah for Your Interfaith Seder

Review of Nan Meyer’s The Inter-Faith Family Seder Book, which the reviewer describes as scoring “very high marks on accessibility, but falls a bit short when it comes to maintaining a sense of tradition.”

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A Novel Idea: Two Writers Talk about Their Interfaith Characters

Marlena Thompson and Mark London Williams, both authors of novels featuring children of interfaith families, interview each other about each other’s work.Marlena Thompson and Mark London Williams, both authors of novels featuring children of interfa

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A Tale of Jerusalem–from Three Religious Perspectives

Review of Pilgrims. By Daniel Gavron, a novel that relays a couple’s unexpected travels in Jerusalem.

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An Excellent Reference: But Not for “Dummies”

Review of Judaism for Dummies by Rabbi Ted Falcon, Ph.D. and David Blatner, a reference that can be used for Jews and non-Jews alike. 

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Cork’s Jewish Community–Small in Size, Grand in Spirit

Personal narrative travelogue of a Jewish American woman visiting Jewish Cork, Ireland.

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An Affair Doomed by History Review of Hester Among the Ruins

Review of Hester Among the Ruins: A Novel By Binnie Kirshenbaum, a story about the relationship between a post-war Christian German and his lover and biographer–a younger, Jewish American woman.

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Religious Mysteries Provide Puzzles, Perplexities–and Ultimate “Revelation”

A review of Unholy Orders; Mystery Stories With A Religious Twist, edited by Serita Stevens, a collection of exciting mysteries which weave in elements of Judaism and Christianity.

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Judaism and Christianity: A New Framework for Mutual Understanding

Review of a book that looks at differences and similarities between Christianity and Judaism.

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A Sequel Equal to its Predecessor in Distinction: A Review of The Second Jewish Book of Why

Review of The Second Jewish Book of Why by Alfred Kolatch, an exhaustive resource for the more controversial questions of Jewish life.

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Irish Literary Figures Talk About Religion, Writing and Intermarriage

Interview with David Marcus and Ita Daly, an intermarried Irish couple, both of whom are accomplished writers.

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The Whys and Wherefores of Being Jewish Review of The Jewish Boo

Review of The Jewish Book of Why, by Alfred J. Kolatch, a compendium of questions and answers regarding Jewish customs, culture, and spirituality.

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Everything You Need to Know to Avoid Awkward Moments in Other People’s Religious Ceremonies

Review of books letting you know what to expect and how to behave at religious ceremonies in many different religions.

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The Trials and Triumphs of Two Jews-by-Choice Review of A Better

Review of A Better Tomorrow. By Charles Rammelkamp, 18 essays about choosing to be Jewish by converting.

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Crossing Time, Cultures and Consciousness: A Review of When S

book review article about the daughter of a Jewish American soldier and his Vietnamese girlfriend, who comes to the United States to find her father and meets his American family

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Celebrating Interfaith Weddings without Apologies or Excuses

Review of Celebrating Interfaith Marriages:?Creating Your Jewish/Christian Ceremony by Devon A. Lerner, a book that describes the similarities and differences between traditional Jewish and Chrstian ceremonies, with some ideas of how to a

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Judaism 101–Presented in a Concise and Friendly Manner

Review of Welcome to the Family! Opening Doors to the Jewish Experience by Lois Sussman Shenker, a practical introduction to Judaism for non-Jewish family members who have just married into a Jewish family.?

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Explaining Jewish Spirituality to Christians: A Review

Review of Jewish Spirituality; A Brief Introduction for Christians. By Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, which introduces Christians to Jewish spiritual traditions through Creation, Torah, God, and the commandments.

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Intermarriage and The Future Of American Jewry

Review of The Vanishing American Jew: In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century by Alan Dershowitz and Embracing the Stranger: Intermarriage and the Future of the American Jewish Community by Ellen Jaffe McClain, both of which

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Wedding Customs: Old, New, and “Renovated”

An informative article of the traditions of the Jewish wedding and the changes in such rituals that have occurred over time.

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Nuances of Intermarriage Endure Beyond Death

Personal narrative from a woman who once served as Judaic Studies department head of a Jewish day school, but after her Catholic husband’s death used only Catholic rituals, including dressing as Santa Claus and singing Amazing Grace at his funeral,

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Should Discussions about God Be Part of Premarital Counseling for Intermarrying Couples?

An informative article that expresses the Christian and Jewish views of God and the way interfaith parents might present God and spirituality to their children.

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From the Wedding Kiss to Conjugal Bliss: A Review of Two Classics on Love and Marriage in the Jewish Tradition

Reviews of The New Jewish Wedding by Anita Diamant and Heavenly Sex: Sexuality?in the Jewish?Tradition?by Ruth K. Westheimer and Jonathan Mark, commentaries on modern Jewish love and marital relationships.

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Happily Acknowledging Both Easter and Passover, in Our Own Special Way

Personal narrative by an intermarried Jewish woman who leads a Passover seder for her family each year, but also gives her autistic daughter an Easter basket.

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