My name is Jenn. I’m 30 years old and I live in NYC. I’m married to the love of my life, my very best friend, my High School sweetheart, Doug.
My husband is Jewish. I was raised Catholic. Why write a blog about it? Because I LOVE being interfaith! It’s definitely a path that requires more reflection, more juggling, and yes, more arguing at times than a marriage to someone of your own faith, but I would not have it any other way.
What prompted me to write this blog was the whole process of planning our wedding. When you’re marrying someone of the same faith, you have a single tradition to follow. The ceremony, at least, is proscribed. If you’re Jewish,like Doug, you know your wedding will involve a chuppah, breaking a glass, and maybe the sheva brachot. If you’re Catholic, like me, you know your wedding will be at a church. It may involve a full mass and it will definitely involve an exchange of consent, and of rings.
When you’re interfaith you really have to examine how you feel and what is important to you. Weddings, births and other life events are not the only challenges, but every holiday also raises questions. I see all of these challenges as opportunities for growth – individual growth, growth as a couple, and growth for our families as they learn new traditions from us. I like to also think we’re making a statement to society about people from different cultures living together in harmony, but maybe that’s taking it too far.
My purpose with this blog is to explore all of these challenges. First I will post about my journey to plan our wedding, and then I’ll talk about the everyday challenges and all of the new traditions we’re starting for family holidays.
I would love for this to be a free exchange of ideas, so please comment early and often!