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Conversion and Mixed-faith Relationships

Events for Couples in Mixed-faith Relationships

Written by MRJ

Every year at least one event is run for families with both Jewish and non-Jewish members. It's an opportunity to come and meet other mixed-faith couples and families in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

'I'm Jewish My Partner Isn't' offers mixed-faith couples the opportunity to talk about their situation, discuss any issues that they may be facing and to explore the various options open to them. Entry is for anyone, whether or not they're synagogue members and is for both the Jewish and non-Jewish partners alike. The next event will take place in Leeds on Sunday 23 November. For more information on upcoming events, please contact Rabbi David Mitchell: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

A significant part of the work of Rabbi Jackie Tabick, our Beit Din Convenor is spent offering support to couples in mixed-faith relationships, regardless of whether the non-Jewish partner intends to convert.

An event which was first held in March 2014 which might be of interest to couples in mixed-faith relationships is the Conversion Weekend. This was offered for those considering or in the process converting to Judaism or have recently become Jewish joined Rabbi Jackie Tabick for a weekend in Derbyshire to share and learn from each other's journeys. If you are interested in any future events please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
 

Conversion

Written by Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain

Jewish attitudes to conversion have varied in the past and continue to do so today. In the Bible, the Book of Ruth indicates both that conversion was both commonplace and a simple procedure. Her ringing declaration ‘Your God shall be my God, your people my people’ characterised the open approach of Judaism at that time. In later periods, particularly when most Jews lived outside the land of Israel and there were hostile relations between Jews and their neighbours, conversion became much harder or was actively discouraged.

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Mixed-faith Relationships

Written by Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain

Many Jews in Britain today are integrated into everyday society, work and mix with those who are not Jewish, form relationships with them and some of these result in marriage. It has to be said that, ideally, Judaism has always encouraged same faith marriages: partly so that the couple are in religious unison, sharing the same home practices and festive calendar; and partly so as to provide a strong Jewish upbringing for any children they may have. However, the key question is, how does the community react to mixed-marriages that have already occurred.

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