What To Do When Your Child “Brings Home” Someone of Another Faith

I just returned from the International Lion of Judah Conference, celebrating women’s philanthropy as part of the Jewish Federation system. I spoke to 150 women who are concerned about how intermarriage affects their family and their community. We talked about many things, including how to effectively grandparent grandchildren who are being raised in intermarried homes and how to make the community more welcoming. But clearly what they wanted to hear was what to say when your adult children “brings home” someone from another faith background and introduces that person as their intended life partner. To me, the only thing to say is “welcome,” for in that nanosecond you determine what your future relationship will be with your adult children, his/her partner, and their future children. Here is a list of items regarding what else I had to say on the subject. (Click on the image to download the PDF list.)

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  1. My husband (of 25 years now) brought me home to Lakewood, NJ, to meet his parents and entire family on Passover. It was my first seder. I was greeted with warmth from the very first moment. His entire family followed all of those 10 pieces of advice and always have. That warm welcome certainly influenced me when we decided to marry, have children and raise them as Jews.

    Comment by Alicia — October 2, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

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