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‘It is our sacred task to welcome mixed faith families’

Rabbi Josh Levy has written a powerful article for the Jewish News on how our Liberal and Reform communities welcome mixed faith couples and families.

Rabbi Josh was responding to the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) survey, ‘Jews in the UK Today’, that found one in three of all British Jews who married between 2010 and 2022 wed a non-Jew.

He argues that this new demographic reality makes the demand of us to increase the likelihood that Judaism remains a part of the lives of those who marry non-Jews, and that they pass this on to their next generations.

He outlines all the ways that Progressive Judaism and our communities already fully include non-Jewish partners and respond to the needs of mixed faith families.

Rabbi Josh writes: “What we have learned over the years is important for us all to acknowledge: We are often the decisive factor. Jewish identity doesn’t cease to be important to a Jew who falls in love with, and marries a non-Jew. Rather, it is the quality of our welcome that matters most.

“If a third of Jews now marry non-Jews, we have an urgent and sacred task: to ensure that our communities honour the choice that they have made and welcome them in.

“Progressive Judaism is committed to responding to this task.”

Read the article in the Jewish News here.

If you are a part of a mixed-faith couple or family and would like to know more about joining a Progressive community, please email Reform Beit Din Convener Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain on jromain@rjuk.org

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