Intermarriage

Intermarried Does Not Equal Anti-Zionist

Now that consensus seems to be emerging that intermarriage does not equal assimilation/demographic disaster, is the latest conventional wisdom that it causes one to turn against Israel?

Wiener And Weinergate

In my liberal and uber-secular extended family, there was only one figure who cared whether my sisters and I went to Hillel or dated/married Jews: Harold (Hans) Wiener, my father’s father.

Born to a large, secular German family whose members mostly managed to emigrate well before the Holocaust (he arrived in New York in 1922), Grandpa Harold, a wholesaler of men’s undergarments, never lost his German accent. He nonetheless settled comfortably into the mainstream American Jewish life of his generation: membership in a Conservative synagogue and a B’nai Brith chapter, donations to Israel Bonds and UJA, loyalty to the Democratic party and eventually retirement in Century Village, a predominantly Jewish community in West Palm Beach, Fla.

When, just months after announcing my engagement to lapsed Catholic Joe, I got my first job in Jewish journalism, at the Detroit Jewish News, I thought Grandpa Harold would be excited, that perhaps it would compensate for his disappointment about the upcoming intermarriage.

Julie Wiener's "In A Fix": Purim Edition

In honor of Purim, the festive Jewish holiday that celebrates Esther, one of the greatest intermarried Jewish women of all time, I hereby present you with a breaking news story:

A So-Called ‘Lost’ Jewish Family

02/07/2011 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Almost eight years ago I traveled to Israel for the first time on a Birthright Israel trip through Hillel. Recently I returned with my husband, brother and uncle to visit my sister, who is spending the year there on a Young Judaea Year Course. At first glance this hardly sounds different from the experiences of any other Jewish professional.

But my siblings and I are the products of a typical American Jewish narrative: attractive Italian Catholic pianist from Brooklyn meets disengaged Jewish rocker from Yonkers. They fall in love, get married, and have a family.

Is Racism Ever Passé?

12/18/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

It wasn’t all that long ago that, in the immediate aftermath of Barack Obama’s sweeping victory in the race for President, more than a few pundits were declaring that America had become a “post-racist society.” I wish it were so, but I’m sure it’s not.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

A Secret Love No More

Interdating isn’t the boogeyman it once was. Could it actually lead to increased Jewish involvement?
Associate Editor
12/06/2010 - 19:00

Eight years ago, as director of a United Synagogue Youth chapter on the West Coast, Lisa Fogelson came up against Section Five, Line 2.

A few pages into the Conservative youth group’s constitution, in between the expectation that teen officers attend religious services and refrain from drugs and alcohol, is the line: “It is expected that leaders of the organization will refrain from relationships which can be construed as interdating.”

Keren Sachs and boyfriend Landis Kaufman: Interfaith couples group has strengthened their relationship.

When It Comes To Gay Marriage, Are Reform Rabbis Torah-phobic?

We know Reform rabbis support gay marriage. And, yes, they support intermarriage, too. They've got the Jewish marriage thing all figured out.

We know.

And we know that Reform clergymen love "dialogue" with any imam or priest, anywhere, any time.

Harboring Boston Envy

You know how, from the outside at least, there’s always that friend who seems to be perfect, who seems to succeed at everything you can’t pull off yourself?

That’s how I feel about the Jewish community of Boston. Every time I go there, I’m struck by how well things appear to be run, how Boston actually does all these progressive things that other Jewish communities only talk about doing.

Jacques Berlinerblau Interviews Philanthropist Edgar M. Bronfman

Philanthropist Edgar M. Bronfman speaks about Jewish intermarriage, cultural Judaism and the advice he would give Prime Minister Netanya

Edgar Bronfman on Faith Complex

Are More Rabbis Saying ‘I Do’ To Interfaith Weddings?

09/28/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

 Eight years ago, like all Reform rabbinical students about to be ordained, Rachel Goldenberg had to make a decision. Would she officiate at interfaith weddings or not?

Along with many of her classmates at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Goldenberg opted against performing such ceremonies, reasoning that the ritual made sense only when joining two Jews.

But a few months ago, Rabbi Goldenberg, the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester, Conn., changed her mind.

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