This article originally appeared in the J-weekly in my Mixed and Match column on 8/8/19) Dear Dawn: I saw your response in J. to someone in the Bay Area wanting a Conservative shul where the men wear kippahs and would accept his half-Jewish children. You said nowhere would fit every demand. But surely there are many places…Read More »
Mixed & Matched
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 »
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 »
Why I want to take my daughter to the mikvah with me when I convert
(This originally appeared in my Mixed and Matched column of the J-weekly on 9/26/19) Dear Dawn: I married my Jewish husband a decade ago. We agreed to raise our children as Jews and joined a Reform synagogue when our daughter was born. Through my daughter I have become more and more involved in Judaism and…Read More »