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On Being Both · 2d ago

Tu BiShvat & “Intermarriage” News

Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated Tu BiShvat, the Jewish new year of the trees. We sang songs about trees in Hebrew, said blessings over fruits of the trees, and shared grape juice, ...
On Being Both · 3W ago

Interfaith Families, Interfaith Activists

On Saturday, my daughter and I joined in the fierce and ecstatic experience of the Women’s March on Washington. Although my mother died four months ago, I felt we carried her with us–that we...
On Being Both · 1M ago

Muslim Women, Interfaith Families

  Being Both tells the stories of a few Muslims in interfaith relationships, and a number of additional guest bloggers have written about such relationships on this blog. But my work has foc...
On Being Both · 1M ago

Interfaith Kids: Carrie Fisher (RIP) and Harrison Ford

I grew up in what feels now like a galaxy far, far, away. In that galaxy, interfaith kids were few and far between, and we didn’t talk about the fact that we were interfaith kids. But early ...
On Being Both · 2M ago

The Dance of Hanukkah and Christmas: 8 Tips for Interfaith Families

The Woolf Institute in Cambridge, England, works on Jewish, Muslim, and Christian relations. They asked me to write on how interfaith families will choreograph Hanukkah and Christmas celebra...
On Being Both · 2M ago

Intermarried, Interfaith, Intercultural, Interschminter?

  This week, the (Jewish Daily) Forward published my opinion piece on why we should move away from the term “intermarried” to describe interfaith families. I have strong opinions on this top...
On Being Both · 2M ago

Kol Nidre… at Old St. Patrick’s Church

Every November, I find myself thinking about how to sustain the inspiration many of us find at annual interfaith Thanksgiving services. Right now, more than ever, we must look for ways to su...
On Being Both · 2M ago

Interfaith Pioneer: Rabbi Joseph Rauch

Yesterday, I drove my father to the house where he was born, for our annual Thanksgiving gathering. I woke early this morning and started sifting through old photos and letters. I kept retur...
On Being Both · 3M ago

A Rabbi, a Minister, a Wedding

Thirty years ago, a rabbi and a minister co-officiated at my interfaith wedding. My husband and I felt strongly that both of our religions should be represented at this moment when we came t...
On Being Both · 3M ago

Interfaith Families in the Jewish World

  How are interfaith families creating a new Jewish reality in America? That was the theme at the Interfaith Opportunity Summit in Philadelphia this week, organized by InterfaithFamily. The ...