(Image: Guinness Hamentashen for Irish Jewish kids!) What about the children? If you are in an interfaith/intercultural family then your children have family members who are not Jewish, who may follow other religions or traditions, yet these people are an important part of your child’s life. How can you recognize and honor this part of…Read More »
Honoring Your Jewish Child’s Non-Jewish Heritage
(One of these girls has a Jewish mother.) IF YOU MISSED THIS PROGRAM BUT ARE INTERESTED, YOU CAN WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE HERE. Every child needs to understand where they come from. If you are raising your child as a Jew but one parent is not Jewish it is essential that you teach your child…Read More »
Successful Parenting Strategies for Biracial Jewish Kids
This event is online. Growing up a Jewish child of color in America’s predominately Ashkenazi Jewish world is a challenge. Join Doctors Jack and Judy Mates, a psychiatrist and an OB/GYN respectively, to explore the framework that parents can provide to support their multiracial children’s confidence in their Jewish identity. Jack and Judy put planning…Read More »
Patrilineal Jews: Can there be Two Truths?
There’s a song from the sixties by Buffalo Springfield with the line, “Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.” It’s been more than 50 years and we still can’t seem to get past the idea that “I’m right and that makes everyone else wrong.” How appropriate is Cantor Linda Hirschhorn‘s email to her congregation, Beth Sholom of…Read More »
Can my baby have an Orthodox conversion?
(This column first appeared in the J-weekly on Feb. 10, 2021) Dear Dawn: I was raised Reform, but am now a nonpracticing Jew married to a non-Jewish woman. We were married by my Reform rabbi and are expecting a baby. My wife has no religion and has agreed to raise the child Jewish and even…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 »