The A–Z of Intermarriage
Published: February 2020© 2020
Imprint: New Jewish Press
Page Count: 248 Pages
Illustrations: 3 b&w illustrations
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
248 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.70 in, 3 b&w illustrations
Most Jewish communities continue to cite intermarriage as the most serious threat to Jewish continuity. Contrary to this view, The A–Z of Intermarriage reveals that intermarriage is a force for good in the lives of Jewish families and communities.
Written by Rabbi Denise Handlarski, an intermarried rabbi, The A–Z of Intermarriage is part story, part strategy, and all heart. Fun to read and full of helpful and practical tips and tools for couples and families, this book is the perfect “how-to” manual for living a happy and balanced intermarried life.
Adam and Eve
Belief, Behavior, Belonging (bonus: B. Mitzvah)
Children (and bonus “C”—circumcision)
Daily Life (tasks, what you want daily life to look like)
Inclusivity/Inclusion (featuring InterfaithFamily.com)
Loss and Letting Go
Needs versus Wants
Never Say Never
Quagmires and Quandaries
Quid Pro Quo
Shopping - Stuff
Shopping - Synagogues
Wake up Calls
X Marks the Spot
Appendix: December Delights: Creating and Crushing Chrismukkah
"If you are intermarried, have a family member or friend who is, or are interested in how intermarriage affects Jewish communities, this book has something to offer to you. The author’s optimism, good humour, and belief in each person’s capacity to find fulfillment will charm any reader willing to approach its important subject with an open mind."David Roytenberg, Canadian Jewish Record
"Finally! The A-Z of Intermarriage is an accessible guide for interfaith couples and their families to navigate issues with love and a generous dose of humor. Both practical and entertaining, this daring book will help all who read it and the many generations to come."Dr. Keren R. McGinity, Director, Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education and Jewish Studies, Hebrew College
"Whether or not you are Jewish or religious, or even married, if the subject of intermarriage interests you, you'll be extremely fortunate to pick up this book and discover Rabbi Denise Handlarski as your guide to this complex and important subject. Handlarski's wisdom, warmth, knowledge, and humor shine throughout and may very well empower you or a loved one to embrace a new, healthier understanding of what it means to be part of a modern Jewish family."Greg M. Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and MIT
“Who better to guide a deep exploration of the joys and challenges of intermarriage than Denise Handlarski, one of the most creative and passionate rabbis on the scene today? This book, a rarity in that its author is herself an intermarried rabbi, is as fun to read as it is informative. The A–Z of Intermarriage compellingly demonstrates that the phrase ‘proud, intermarried Jew’ was never an ‘O’ for ‘Oxymoron.’ It illustrates powerfully that the phrase belongs under ‘A’ for ‘Awesome.’ It is just the book we need as we live through, and participate in, the transformation of Judaism for a new era.”Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg, Judaism Unbound
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