Couples

Interfaith Couples: In their own words

What is it like to participant in an interfaith/intercultural couples discussion group? Here’s one couples’ response. I am a practicing Orthodox Jew, and Birger is a Norwegian-heritage agnostic. We got engaged in August 2006 after a whirlwind courtship, and we planned to be married the following January. It was very important to me that we…

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Interfaith/Intercultural Couples Discussion Group

Interfaith/Intercultural couples have unique questions and needs. They may know they need to ask questions but not be sure just what those questions should be. Make the process easier by joining other couples negotiating similar concerns. Create an outline of how to approach a conversation with your partner that is honest, caring, and supportive. This…

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Finding Your Own Way

  Recently I was with a couple of women, each of whom is married to a non-Jewish man. The first, I’ll call her Lisa, expressed her opinions with great intensity. She had strong beliefs on how to deal with an interfaith marriage, what to do, how to act, what to teach your children, how to…

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Interfaith/Intercultural Couples Discussion Group

Interfaith/Intercultural couples are usually aware that they will have to negotiate differences in their religions, but they may be surprised by needing to navigate cultural differences regarding communication, parenting, parents, and their definition of community. Make the process easier by engaging with other couples facing similar questions. Create an outline of how to approach a…

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Interfaith? Intercultural? Both?

I’ll say it again, the BEST thing you can do for your relationship is take part in an interfaith/intercultural couples discussion group. You may have religious differences to sort out. Or perhaps one or both of you are secular and grew up in the United States so you aren’t quite sure what your cultural differences…

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