We would welcome more interfaith resources for half-Jewish people to add to this list. Please send them to us!
1. Israel for All
Israeli tourism organization for people with special needs (hearing impaired, visually impaired, wheelchair users, other disabilities), welcomes tourists of Jewish, Christian and Muslim heritage, members of interfaith families welcome.
2. Interfaith Families Project of Washington, DC
The Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington (IFFP) is an independent community of interfaith families and others committed to sharing, learning about, and celebrating our Jewish and Christian traditions. It is the only interfaith organization of its kind in the country.
3. Interfaith Community
An independent voice for Jewish-Christian families since 1987, the Interfaith Community provides the resources to meet the real needs of today’s religiously mixed families. Interfaith Community programs are offered in its founding New York City chapter, as well as in a growing network of chapters in the New York metropolitan area — Westchester county, Orange/Rockland/Bergen counties, Long Island — and in Boston, Denver, and Danbury, CT.
4. Unitarian Universalist Interfaith Community
UU congregations are great places for interfaith couples and families to worship in community with others. We honor all faith traditions. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate this holiday season – a religious community where people with different beliefs worship joyfully together – then join us.
Inspiritual is a space for you if you are ready to embark on an inward journey. A space to move beyond that which inspires you. A safe space for you to engage in a spiritual journey towards a deeper relationship with your authentic self and your higher power; however you call upon that power. A space where you can connect to your higher power in ways that facilitate your feeling safe, empowered, trusted, loved, and filled with possibility. A space in which you can claim the time to look within, connect to spirit, and bring the spirit within to the surface.
6. Chrismukkah – a resource of humorous gifts for families that celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, including cards with a mixture of Christian and Jewish symbols and cartoons.
7. Zinn House
Lauren Zinn, Ph.D., Rev., leads a Jewish-Interfaith Community, Jewish Roots with Interfaith Shoots. Her programs for Kids, Adults, and Families, since 2001, include classes, celebrations, ceremonies, and coaching. Hebrew tutoring, for adults or children seeking Interfaith Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, is available through Skype.
If interested in learning more, please see the website. Lauren can be contacted at laurenzinn[at]gmail.com
8. Half-Jewish Novella, “The Jewolic,” by Ritch Gaiti
I could have become:
a) A Jew, invoking the very popular, and all-inclusive, ‘if your mother is a Jew’ rule;
b) A Catholic, ignoring the above-mentioned rule; or,
c) A half Jew/half Cath, Jewolic, straddling both religions, favoring the one that was most advantageous at the time.
That was my conundrum. This is my story:
9. Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family by Susan Katz Miller
The book describes the grassroots movement of interfaith families (mainly Jewish and Christian), educating children in both religions. While this choice is controversial, a new Pew Research study just found that 25% of intermarried Jewish parents are raising children “partly Jewish and partly something else.”
Miller, who is herself the child of a Jewish father and a Protestant mother but was raised as a Reform Jew, surveyed hundreds of parents about why they made this choice, and also surveyed and interviewed the teens and young adults raised in a grassroots network of interfaith family communities providing interfaith education to interfaith children.
Joanna Brooks, an interfaith parent and author of “The Book of Mormon Girl,” says “Every interfaith family and every religious leader who works with interfaith families should read Being Both.”
For more about the book, and to see the schedule of Miller’s upcoming talks, go to:
You can read Miller’s many essays on life in a dual-faith family at onbeingboth.com and on Huffington Post, or follow her on twitter @beingboth or On Facebook.