Growing Up Interfaith – how are we defining “interfaith families”?


We are very much hoping to see YOU and many others at the May 22 conference, Growing Up Interfaith, about adults who grew up in interfaith families.

How are we defining “interfaith families”?
An interfaith family may have a Jewish home. That means there may be non-Jews living in a home that is Jewish in its practice. Maybe Mom is Catholic, Dad is Jewish and the kids are being raised Jewish, that’s an interfaith family with a Jewish home. Additionally, a child with a parent who converted to Judaism still has non-Jewish grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. In the San Francisco bay area the intermarriage rate varies from 70% on the low end to 95% on the high end. This means that MOST Jews, no matter their own level of observance, have family members whom they love that are not Jewish. An Orthodox rabbi friend called me to ask if I could help his cousin find an officiant for her marriage to a non-Jewish guy. Does my rabbi friend love his cousin and very much hope to get to know and love his new cousin-in-law? Yup. This is who we are, Jewish families with non-Jewish loved ones mixed in.

The question we are asking of the adults from interfaith families is: what choices and practices did your parents and community choose that worked well for you? What supported your identity and sense of belonging?

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