Interfaith Families

A Jewish Perspective

in European Judaism
Author:
Edward van VoolenAbraham Geiger College, Potsdam University, Germany

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Abstract

In an open, secular society, young people encounter one another outside the traditional framework of their respective religions. This article describes a Jewish approach to the issues and possibilities that arise when an interfaith marriage is contemplated. The perspective is that of a rabbi working from a progressive Jewish position, given the particular concerns of post-war European Jewish communities. What kind of ceremony might be appropriate? What thought should be given from the beginning to the religious education and identification of future children?

Contributor Notes

Rabbi Drs Edward van Voolen studied at Leo Baeck College, London and Hebrew Union College, New York, and was ordained in 1978 in London. He served for thirty-five years as curator of the Jewish Museum, Amsterdam, and is active as a congregational rabbi, initially in the Netherlands and currently in Germany. Since 2003 he is Rabbinic Director at the Abraham Geiger College, Potsdam University, teaching homiletics and coaching students. He regularly publishes on Jewish art, religion and culture.

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