What does “interfaith” mean anyway?
October 9, 2017
Author: Arielle Randle

As Messianic Jews, should we identify our families “interfaith”?

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He Said then She Said: Helping Jewish-Gentile Couples Find Spiritual Harmony
September 21, 2016
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Over the last decade and a half, my ministry with Jews for Jesus has focused on working with Jewish-Gentile couples.

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Finding Spiritual Harmony
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

“My Jewish husband doesn’t believe in Jesus, so how can I find spiritual harmony in our case?”

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Sy and Cyndie

You are Precious
Author: Cyndie Warner-Gardner

I am gentile and my husband, Barry, is Jewish. Both of us believe in Jesus. Barry’s parents, Sy and Frieda, tolerated Barry’s faith but did not like to discuss it. Frieda was terminally ill with ovarian cancer, and my mother wanted Frieda and Sy to know what the Scriptures say about eternal life. But when…

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In the Little Shtetl of Vaysechvoos: How Gittel Saved the Shtetl
Author: Susan Perlman

Gittel, everyone in Vaysechvoos agreed, was a true beauty. Besides this she was bright, vivacious and as innocent as freshly fallen snow. Why, one glance from her deep, smiling brown eyes was enough to melt the heart of any yeshiva bocher. But that was not to be. One day Gittel disappeared. Her mother, Frumah-Ruchel, had…

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Comfortably Jewish by Garrett R. Smith
Author: Shoshanna Pucci

  Book Title: Comfortably Jewish Author: Garrett R. Smith Date Published: 2010 Publisher: Purple Pomegranate Productions; 1st edition ISBN: 978-1881022886 Reviewer: Shoshanna Pucci Questions about cultural identity have recently demanded my urgent attention, raising three young children who are soaking up all of the traditions and cultural cues that my husband and I present. Though…

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What’s the Matter with Intermarriage?
August 10, 2009
Topics: intermarriage
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

Actually, don’t be misled by this title. This isn’t an article against intermarriage. It is just that there are so many issues related to Jewish-Gentile couples in the news these days.

I just got back from Israel and have been catching up on my reading. I keep a Google search on issues related to Jewish-Gentile couples. July was an interesting month…

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A Not-so-Typical Holiday Story
Author: Matt Sieger

As Shaun Buchhalter notes, being a Jewish Puerto Rican is probably more common in New York City than elsewhere. But that didn’t make it any easier, especially during the December holidays. Born to a Jewish father and a Puerto Rican Catholic mother, 30-year-old Shaun grew up in what was then the very Jewish neighborhood of…

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Resolving the December Dilemma
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

I don’t know where I first heard the term “December dilemma,” but it accurately describes a Jewish conundrum at this time of year. It refers to the cross-cultural tension that intermarried, specifically Jewish-Gentile couples and their children, experience at the winter holiday season. Many intermarried couples find these days particularly distressing. Familiar cultural symbols seem…

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A Transformed Celebration

As a child, I was always envious of my next-door neighbor who got to celebrate Christmas. Being Jewish, I had my own holiday, Hanukkah, but the gentile holiday seemed so much bigger, so much better. I did not consider the meaning of either day, only the outward trappings, and my festivity did not measure up….

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What Rosenberg Can Learn From Rodriguez
Author: Aaron Abramson

A Satmar Orthodox Jewish man once told me, “Messianic Jews aren’t Jewish!” He went on to add, “Reformed, Conservative, Hassidic and most ‘Orthodox’ Jews aren’t really Jewish either. . . .” Jewish identity was a simple matter for him. Real Jews follow the teachings of the Satmar rebbe. But for most Jewish people, including Jewish…

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Jewish-Gentile Couples: becoming one flesh and one spirit
Author: Tuvya Zaretsky

In 1972, the sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie,” which had at its nexus a Jewish husband and a Gentile wife, was cancelled after one season because the intermarriage theme was considered too controversial. Evidently immune to the fuss, the stars of the show, Meredith Baxter (Gentile) and David Birney (Jewish) caused quite a stir when they…

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Ministry-Minded Matches
February 1, 2007
Author: Jews for Jesus

You can learn a lot about people from the context of their courtship and marriage. Did you know, many many couples have met in various ways through the ministry of Jews for Jesus? I thought it might be nice to share one couple’s story at length, and to highlight a few others. Jeanne and David…

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Two Sides to the Story
Author: Oded Cohen

As an Israeli-Chinese couple, Oded and Bimini’s story is a fitting illustration of Tuvya’s thesis that Jesus truly transcends all cultural barriers. Bimini My brother called me resilient” because as a baby I fell out of my mother’s car as she made a quick turn. As I lay beneath the car behind her, my mother…

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New Book Available to Minister to Jewish/Gentile Couples
September 1, 2004
Author: Jews for Jesus

Jewish-Gentile Couples: Trends, Challenges and Hopes was written by Enoch Wan and Tuvya Zaretsky. Dr. Wan is Chairman of Intercultural Studies and Director of the Doctor of Missiology program at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Zaretsky is Director of the Jews for Jesus office in Los Angeles, California. If you are not Jewish and…

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A Family Reconciled: The Story of Elaine Lewis
Author: Elaine Lewis

My mother shaped my Jewish upbringing more than anyone else. She diligently ensured that our family celebrated Shabbat and went to our synagogue on Chicago’s North Shore for the High Holidays, as well as faithfully sending my two sisters and me there for Sunday school each week. However, by the time I was a teenager…

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Reconciliation
Author: Maha McDiarmid

An interview with a Palestinian woman from the West Bank.

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Generation J
Author: Jews for Jesus

Book Title: Generation J Author: Lisa Schiffman Date Published: August 18, 1999 Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition edition Genre: 1. Women & Judaism2. Jewish Life ISBN: 978-0062515773 Reviewer: Jews for Jesus I hadn’t a clue about what it meant to be a Jew. I was lost, a Jew without a path.” And so begins 35-year-old Lisa…

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Unequally Yoked: What Does God Say About Mixed Matches?
Topics: intermarriage
Author: Stephen Katz

You may have heard it called evangelistic dating.” You may have heard it called “throwing caution to the wind.” Either way, serious problems arise when believers date and marry non-believers. Perhaps you know someone who is contemplating such a relationship. If you have children old enough to date, perhaps it is becoming a family concern….

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Book Review: Generation J
March 1, 1999
Author: Jews for Jesus

Book Title: Generation J Author: Lisa Schiffman Date Published: August 18, 1999 Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition edition Genre: 1. Women & Judaism2. Jewish Life ISBN: 978-0062515773 Reviewer: Jews for Jesus Review Date: March 1, 1999 “I hadn’t a clue about what it meant to be a Jew. I was lost, a Jew without a path.”…

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