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Interfaith Families

Harvey Cox, Common Prayers: Faith, Family, and a Christian's Journey Through the Jewish Year. Mariner Books, 2002.
Arranged as a journey through the Jewish New Year, this work, written by a Christian married to a Jew, guides readers from one Rosh Hashanah to the next, with several other milestones in Jewish life - weddings, funerals, births, and bnei mitzahs - in between.


Joel Crohn. Mixed Matches: How to Create Successful Interracial, Interethnic, and Interfaith Relationships. Fawcett Books, 1995.
A primer for people involved in all types of relationships that span divergent cultures, written by a psychotherapist with experience in cross-cultural counseling.



Ronnie Friedland, Edmund Chase, The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An Handbook. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001
Thoughful essays documenting first-hand experiences of interfaith families. Includes a preface by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, JOI executive director.


Gabrielle Glaser, Strangers to the Tribe: Portraits of Interfaith Marriage. Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
A compassionate and thoughtful account of eleven families juggling issues of ethnicity, class and religion.

Ranya Idliby, Suzaane Oliver, and Pricilla Warner. The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew-- Three Women Search for Understanding. New York: Free Press, 2007.
This book will bring out lots of issues you might be facing together as an interfaith couple, as faced by these women. This book will give you a forum for both deepening your understanding of each other's "hot spots," and finding places where your faiths actually hold common ground. (recommended by Barbara from Connecticut)

Jane Kaplan, Interfaith Families: Personal Stories of Jewish-Christian Intermarriage. Praeger Publishers, 2004
Couples in Jewish-Christian marriages describe their experiences and offers examples of the successes and failures, struggles and triumphs of such religiously mixed families.



Jim Keen, Inside Intermarriage: A Christian Partner's Perspective on Raising a Jewish Family. URJ Press, 2006
Using humor and insights gleaned from his own experiences, Keen provides couples with practical advice and solutions for how to give children a clear Jewish identity while maintaining a comfort level for both parents.

Stanley Koehler, Tolerance 101: Practical Solutions to Interfaith Family Problems. Foundation for Religious Freedom, 1999
A guidebook to help navigate the tensions that can result when a member of the family follows a spiritual path different from your own.


Ellen J. McClain, Embracing the Stranger: Intermarriage and the Future of the American Jewish Community, Basic Books, 1995.
A thoughtful plea for welcoming outsiders to the faith while embracing Judaism and respecting individual marital decisions.

Kerry Olitzky Introducing My Faith & My Community: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide for the Christian in a Jewish Interfaith Relationship. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2004
This book provides an introduction to both the basics and complexities of Judaism and Jewish life through the lens of an interfaith relationship. Rather than providing stock answers to questions about Jewish rituals or values, or giving a broad overview of Jewish history and theology, it addresses topics that will encourage understanding and stimulate discussion between you and your Jewish partner, relative, or friend.

Kerry Olitzky and Joan Peterson Littman, Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002
A brief guide to navigating interfaith relationships, including extended family

Anne C. Rose, Beloved Strangers: Interfaith Families in Nineteenth Century America. Harvard University, 2001.
A new, accessibly written account of over two dozen intermarried couples, not just Jewish-Christian, throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Lauren Snyder
, Half/Life: Jewish Tales from Interfaith Homes. Soft Skull Press, 2006
A lively collection of essays

Iris M. Yob, Keys to Interfaith Parenting. Barrons Educational Series, 1998
A helpful guidebook to help parents adjust to the challenges of raising children in an interfaith environment.