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Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage

The Big Tent Judaism Guide to Opportunities, Challenges and Resources

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky with Joan Peterson Littman

6 x 9, 176 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-170-1

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Straightforward and nonjudgmental advice for dating couples, partners,
husbands and wives, in-laws, counselors and others.
Interfaith relationships are commonplace; the challenges that go along with them are not. An interfaith couple will have to confront tough questions, yet it’s often difficult to find answers, especially when traditional sources of help—family, friends, clergy and counselors—are unable or unwilling to understand the problems.
From a Jewish perspective, this book guides interfaith couples at any stage of their relationship—from dating and engagement, to the wedding and marriage—and the people who are affected by their relationship in any way, including their families and counselors who work with interfaith couples.
While making no judgments or dictating answers, and supporting individual choice, topics covered include:
• What is an intermarriage?
• Why do people intermarry?
• When do you bring up the subject of religion?
• What is conversion and is it necessary?
• When do you discuss and decide how children will be raised?
 …and much more!
“This is an important book. It deepens the dialogue around interfaith marriage through real life scenarios and probing questions. This book opens the door to essential conversations.”
Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar, Great Lakes regional director, UAHC (Reform Movement); author, God Whispers: Stories of the Soul, Lessons of the Heart
“Offers a candid, realistic framework for interfaith couples and their relatives to think through the issues interfaith families face. Conveys a compassionate, affirming and ultimately optimistic outlook about interfaith marriages that the Jewish community would do well to adopt.”
Edmund Case, publisher, InterfaithFamily.com and coeditor, The Guide
to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterfaithFamily.com Handbook
“Once again, Kerry Olitzky has given us the book we were waiting for. It is written with wisdom, respect and a deep desire to connect. I look forward to sharing this book with couples with whom I work.”
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical
Association and author of
Parenting As a Spiritual Journey: Deepening
Ordinary & Extraordinary Events into Sacred Occasions
Joan Peterson Littman, an educator and staff developer, has been in an interfaith marriage for almost thirty years and is the mother of two grown children.

 

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