Setting The Passover Table Made Easy

Posted on April 9th, 2017
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 

Passover is the Jewish holiday that celebrates our freedom. Along with a ritual meal, we tell each other the dramatic story of our slavery in Egypt and our escape to become the Jewish people.

Did you know that the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob weren't the only people to leave Egypt with Moses? Yes, even in ancient times there were others who chose to throw in their lot with the Israelites. Together they witnessed the splitting of the sea and together they walked safely across on dry ground. Today's interfaith families reenact that ancient joining together on Passover when they retell those events.

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Passover is here, check out our Passover Resource Kit.

Eggs and Plagues: How One Interfaith Family Navigates Easter/Passover Issues

Posted on April 2nd, 2017
Written by Behrman House Staff

The following is excerpted from the revised edition of Inside Intermarriage, by Jim Keen, due out later this year:

My wife and I each have fond memories of our holidays. For Bonnie, it’s matzah brei (eggs and unleavened bread fried up in a pan) and getting together with her cousins for Passover. For me, it’s Easter eggs and Disney World for spring break with my family. To this day, just the smell of vinegar (used in the dye) reminds me of the brightly colored eggs that the Easter Bunny hid for us. Like Christmas and Hanukkah, Easter and Passover can also evoke strong emotions in interfaith families.

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For more great Passover ideas, check out our Passover Resource Kit.

The Sacred Goal of Interfaith Family Inclusion

Posted on March 26th, 2017

This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 

by Rabbi Ari Moffic

I recently got introduced to a children’s book called Zero by Kathryn Otoshi. It’s a book aimed at preschoolers, but adults will also love it. In the book, Zero feels left out of the counting that all the other numbers get to do. They have value as counted numbers, but Zero doesn’t. She tries to impress those numbers with little success and even tries to look like them. Zero then realizes that she can convince the other numbers that if they add her on, they will count as a higher number. With Zero, they became 10, 20, 30, 100 and more. After reading this book, my kids and I were prompted to a discussion about how it feels to be left out and how sometimes we want to dress like someone else or act like someone else to fit in.

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Making Wedding Plans in an Interfaith Relationship

Posted on March 19th, 2017
From Building Jewish Bridges

Current culture seems determined to make weddings hellish. Bridezilla anyone? Add an interfaith component and you can make things confusing and difficult. But it doesn’t need to be that way. NOT AT ALL.

If you are marrying someone from a different religion and background there are some steps you can take to get off on the right foot.

1. Discuss what you want your home to be like after you’re married. If you have agreed that you’ll have a Jewish (or Christian) home it can be easier to concede some wedding traditions from the dominant faith for the sake of family peace in your ceremony.

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Intermarriage and the American Jewish Community

Posted on March 12th, 2017
By Julie Wiener for

Once taboo, "marrying out" is now commonplace and — outside Orthodoxy — widely accepted.

Intermarriage has long been one of the most contentious issues in modern American Jewish life — and arguably one in which communal attitudes have changed most dramatically in recent decades.

From Taboo to Commonplace

Outside the Orthodox community, it is increasingly common — and accepted — for American Jews to marry partners from different faith backgrounds. “Marrying out” was once widely seen as a rejection of one’s Jewish identity, and the ultimate taboo. Time was, some parents cut off contact with children who intermarried or even sat shiva for them, the ritual observed when a loved one dies. A famous example of this is in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” when Tevye shuns his daughter Chava for marrying a Russian Orthodox Christian.

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