Parents of Children in Interfaith Relationships
our children mature into adults, our parenting journey takes a new turn. With
that turn we are faced with opportunities and challenges, new emotions and
uncertainties. When our child enters into a relationship with someone who is
not Jewish, those opportunities and challenges are different. Every stage of a
relationship (whether it be dating, a live-in situation, engagement, or
marriage) poses new possibilities, new situations and new choices. We worry
differently about what the future will bring - for our child, his or her
partner, the partner's family, and the couple's (future/potential) family.
group of parents have gotten together with the goal of sharing stories, raising questions, talking in
small groups, providing mutual support, and learning from one another during
this phase of our parenting. Some members of the group grew up in interfaith
families or themselves have partners from a different faith tradition, and some
have chosen Judaism as adults. Some of
the adult children have just begun dating; some are living together or engaged
to be married. Others are already
married and some are parents themselves. The group held an initial meeting in
May 2012 to introduce ourselves and tell others about their families.
Many parents at TBE have adult children in interfaith relationships - whether they be dating, engaged or married. This group offers a caring and warm environment in which to share our experiences and strengthen our relationships with our children and their partners.
If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Freiman.