Let’s Bake! My dear friend, Laurie, runs online cooking classes for kids and their families. I’ve joined her before. Since no one is going house to house for Halloween let’s all join her for an evening of making Pumpkin Churros with caramel dipping sauce! I know, decadent, but think of all the calories you aren’t…Read More »
My mom was Jewish. Can I convert to Judaism?
(This originally appeared in my Mixed and Matched column on Oct. 28, 2019) Dear Dawn: My mom was Jewish and converted to Christianity; my dad was born Christian. They raised me and my siblings Christian. It never fit for me and now I want to be Jewish. I approached my local Reform congregation and the rabbi…Read More »
Is Being Raised “Both” Truly Freeing?
(This article originally appeared in the J-weekly and was titled: Seeking acceptance in one faith after being raised with two) The idea of a child of interfaith parents being educated in both Judaism and Christianity and then being “allowed to choose” sounds very New Age to many ears. The book “Being Both” by Susan Katz…Read More »
How do I tell people that, yes, my kids are Jewish?
(This originally appeared in the J-weekly in my Mixed and Match column, April 13, 2020) Dear Dawn: I keep being told that my kids aren’t Jewish because I am not Jewish. I am sick of hearing this! Any ideas how I can shut people down? I’ve tried a whole range. I’ve been angry: “Oh go…Read More »
My wife and kids are Jewish. Is it OK to pray in Jesus’ name?
(This article originally appeared in my Mixed and Matched column for the J-weekly on Sept. 30, 2020) Dear Dawn: I am a Christian man married to a Jewish woman. We are raising our children Jewish, and I am very comfortable with that decision. However, things are so terrible right now and I feel like praying….Read More »
Are my friends giving me bad advice about conversion?
(This article originally appeared in my Mixed and Matched column for the J-weekly Aug. 28, 2020) Dear Dawn: My father is Jewish and my mother is not. I had no religious upbringing at all. Neither of my parents is interested in religion. However, as I get older, I am now in my 30s, I am more…Read More »