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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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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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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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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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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