Responding to Intermarriage - Review of "Introducing My Faith and My Community: The Jewish Outreach Guide for the Christian in a Jewish Interfaith Relationship"

By Nina Mandel

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2005

Increasingly, we now find Jewish institutions turning their attention to making intermarried families feel more welcome as a means of keeping Jews, and the people who love them, involved in Jewish life. This viewpoint is explored in complementary ways by the two books under review. Neither is a how-to for conversion, nor do they even try to make the case for it, or for the abandonment of an interreligious relationship. What the authors do, in very different ways, is to give a voice to many of the different players in these relationships. One book effectively explains why "marrying Jewish" might matter so much to the Jewish partner's family, even in cases where they are seemingly without any other connection to Jewish life. The other exposes the impact on families when aversions to, and stereotypes about, intermarriage are aired insensitively and explores how couples work to develop strategies for their interfaith relationships.

Topic: Continuity, Intermarriage, Jewish Identification, Relationships, Family, Jewish Continuity, Community Building

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 69/No. 2

Page Number(s): 86-90

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Mandel, Nina. Responding to Intermarriage - Review of "Introducing My Faith and My Community: The Jewish Outreach Guide for the Christian in a Jewish Interfaith Relationship". The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2005: 86-90. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5876


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