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0 In Family

Gifts for a Bris

There have been so many good things going on in life. I got a new job which will help give me more time to write on here. And in a few short months, we’ll be adding a new title: Aunt and Uncle! Not once, but twice! That’s right, we have two babies coming into the family and we’re so excited and starting to buy gifts! These babies, which are just a few months apart, are both on J’s side and…

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0 In Faith

Interfaith Group

I last wrote about an event at our local JCC where we discussed the state of interfaith families in the Jewish community. Which was eye opening and all around a great night. It actually helped us to create a new interfaith group. After that night I had one on one meetings with leaders of the Jewish community. We talked about the ways to get interfaith couples and families involved and how to make the community more welcoming. From those I learned…

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Interfaith Community Conversation

As I mentioned earlier this week, I went to an Interfaith Community Conversation last month. JMAP did a study of our area, those in the Jewish community. There were some pretty interesting results from the survey. There were a ton of really interesting topics: family, Israel, synagogues. One of the areas that they looked into was interfaith families. The conversation was in response to some of the results the survey showed. Read the full interfaith findings here. Overwhelmingly respondents felt that…

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0 In Holidays

Missing Out

I haven’t written in a while. I feel like I’ve been totally missing from this blog. Which is funny because if there’s ever a time someone who writes an interfaith blog has a lot to say it’s December. And I did so many things that are a part of our interfaith story. I went to events, took part in conversations, finally spoke to J’s family about me, hosted a Hanukkah party and a Christmas party! I could sit down and…

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0 In Faith

When Your Partner Struggles With Religious Identity

Someone once asked me if J was religious. I said, not particularly, probably is more culturally Jewish. This person (who is against interfaith relationships) immediately went on a tirade about my in-laws as parents raising a Jew. If only they had been more involved in the synagogue. If only they had made him go to a Jewish day school or a Jewish summer camp. They should have fostered more of a Jewish identity in their home. If they had been clear intermarriage was…

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0 In Holidays

Thankful

It’s that time of year to be thankful. And this year, we have a lot more to be thankful for than I could have ever imagined. We got our wedding video back this week. It came almost six months to the day after we got married, but it was so worth the wait. Yesterday we spent time watching our ketubah signing and ceremony. The whole thing was better than I remembered. Our rabbi incorporated language familiar to Christian viewers, our…

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Preparing for December

It’s November, which means I’m in December-mode! I’m putting away the pumpkins and breaking out my garlands and snowmen!   I’m kidding — Pumpkins will stay up through November. I’ll wait to start actually decorating for the winter holidays. Though it did snow last night, so it’s looking like we’ve hit the cold stretch! Growing up we had a number of expressly Christmas decorations but most of ours were more winter themed. It was a combination of efficiency and business…

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What To Do With My Wedding Dress

I love my wedding dress. Like, just look at that lace. It is pink, dramatic, covered in lace and sparkles. My maid of honor described it as me in dress form. This past weekend I was at a wedding for a high school friend, which means after five months my beloved dress made its way from my parents’ house to mine. This was our last friend wedding for a while, half our group is still single. But it means I had…

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0 In Faith

Rabbi Roundtable

The Forward has a regular segment called Rabbi Roundtable where a group of Rabbis give their opinions on a topic. Yesterday’s topic was “Is Intermarriage a Problem or Opportunity” Susan Katz Miller at On Being Both had a great response to the piece. She pointed out the sample of mostly Orthodox and Conservative Rabbis which isn’t the reality of the American Jewish landscape. She also points out the problematic use of the word “Intermarriage” and the words problem or opportunity. The…

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Why We Decided To Test with JScreen

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J and I married four months ago and we are not ready for a child.  Even though J and I are not having children now, we felt that we could still be prepared by doing genetic testing. I actually did my test through  JScreen before our wedding. I won my test through the Jewish parenting website Kveller. Not all of their articles apply to me right now, there are great writers and really great content overall on that site. JScreen mailed me a full kit. I…

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