intermarriage

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

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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Comfortably Jewish by Garrett R. Smith
December 22, 2009

Comfortably Jewish by Garrett R. SmithPurple Pomegranate Productions, 134 pages. 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 my non-Jewish husband and I share a passion for Jesus, I was overwhelmed […]

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What’s the Matter with Intermarriage?
August 10, 2009

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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Resolving the December Dilemma
December 1, 2008

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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What Rosenberg Can Learn From Rodriguez
February 28, 2008

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
April 1, 2007

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

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
April 1, 2005
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

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
May 1, 2003
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
May 1, 2001

An interview with a Palestinian woman from the West Bank.

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Generation J
May 1, 2000

Generation J by Lisa Schiffman. Harper San Francisco, (1999) US $18.00 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 Schiffman’s search. It’s a search for identity, for meaning, for answers. Generation J is an attempt to sort through […]

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Unequally Yoked: What Does God Say About Mixed Matches?
May 1, 1999
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

By Lisa Schiffman. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1999. 166 pages. “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 Schiffman’s search for identity, for meaning and for answers. Generation J is one woman’s attempt to sort through the confusion of […]

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The Best of Both Worlds [interview with Ron and Liessa Randle]
September 1, 1998

Some might think that Liessa broke the chain of her Jewish heritage. Others might conclude that Ron watered down his African-American culture. But as far as this couple is concerned, they have the best of both worlds. How did they overcome the disapproval of one parent? What happens in a mixed” marriage when there is […]

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The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother
Author: Susan Perlman

The Color of Water by James McBride, Riverhead Books, Berkeley Publishing Company, New York, 1996, 291pp. Paperback $12.00. One afternoon, on the way home from church, I asked her if God was black or white. A deep sigh, ‘Oh boy, God’s not black. He’s not white. He’s a spirit.’ ‘Does he like black or white […]

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Should Jewish Believers Marry Other Jewish Believers?
February 1, 1989
Author: Moishe Rosen

Do you think that Jewish believers should marry other Jewish believers? Is it a better story? The Bible says we should not be unequally yoked together in matters of faith and in this there is not room for an opinion. Other kinds of unequal yoking” which are not forbidden in the New Covenant can still […]

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