Over almost seven years and two serious relationships with Jewish men who at first said religion didn’t matter — and then backtracked and decided it did — I’ve optimistically begun interfaith relationships with an open mind twice, only to become the last woman these men dated before settling down with a nice Jewish girl.
I can now say with certainty that I am tired of being a Jewish man’s rebellion.
As we see more clearly every day in America, tolerance and respect for different cultures is vital to peaceful coexistence.
And according to Riley’s research, partners in interfaith marriages are more likely to have a positive opinion of their spouse’s faith.
Manners and etiquette are important to me, and when I’m stressed, I often cope by cleaning.
Before I was in a serious relationship, I had considered the religious upbringing of any possible children.At the time, I had no idea she would end up being so right.As a teenager, I attended exactly one bat mitzvah, but moving to New York provided endless opportunities to learn about the Jewish faith.The tradition seems to be passed from generation to generation: Eighty-three percent of married Jews who have just one Jewish parent are married to someone who is not Jewish.A small group of leaders in the Conservative Jewish movement are even working to promote acceptance of interfaith marriages.