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RESOURCES FOR ADULT CHILDREN
OF INTERFAITH MARRIAGES:
Jewish and Interracial: It's Not the Color of Your
Skin, but the Race of Your Kin
by Katya Gibel Azoulay. Duke University, 1997.
An exploration of ethnic and cultural identity by
the child of a Jewish mother and Jamaican father.
Lives: The Untold Stories of Jewish-Christian Women
in Nazi Germany,
by Cynthia A. Crane. St. Martin's Press, 2000.
The stories of ten women identified by Nazi Germany
as so-called "mischling," or children of mixed Jewish-Christian
Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Family,
by Stephen J. Dubner. Bard Books, 1999.
A moving memoir by a man whose parents converted
from Judaism to Catholicism, and who himself decided
to convert to Judaism. Expanded from the author's
1996 cover story in The New York Times Magazine.
Is a Jew? Conversations, Not Conclusions,
by Meryl Hyman. Jewish Lights, 1999.
A woman of patrilineal Jewish descent engages in
far-reaching conversations on questions of Jewish
identity with rabbis and Jewish leaders throughout
A Daughter's Search for Her Family's Buried Past,
by Susan Jacoby. Scribner, 2000.
A journalist investigates her roots and identity
as the progeny of German American Jews who had converted
to Catholicism to conceal their Jewish identity.
Jewish: Jews Raised As Gentiles Discover Their Jewish
Roots (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History,
Culture, and Life),
by Barbara Kessel. Brandeis University, 2000.
Accounts of people in diverse circumstances who
found out, later in life, that they were Jewish.
Half-Jewish Book: A Celebration,
by Daniel M. Klein and Freke Vuijst. Villard Books,
A humorous, brash and breezy examination of what
it means to be "half-Jewish," this book is heavy
on pop cultural examples and rather light on serious
examinations of identity.
Read a chapter at http://www.halfjewishbook.com/
Two Worlds: Choices for Grown Children of Jewish-Christian
by Leslie Goodman-Malamuth and Robin Margolis. Pocket
Books, Inc., 1992.
This book, currently out of print, is a frank assessment
of the unique experiences, challenges and issues
of identity faced by many children of interfaith
Strangers: Interfaith Families in Nineteenth-Century
by Anne C. Rose. 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.
White and Jewish,
by Rebecca Walker. Riverhead Books, 2002.
A memoir by the daughter of writer Alice Walker
and lawyer Mel Leventhal.