Okay, stay with me now. I am both an interfaith child and an interfaith parent. My father is Jewish, my mother is Protestant: they raised me as a Reform Jew. Then I married a Protestant working for a Catholic organization and went off to spend three years in a Muslim country. We are now raising our children in an interfaith community, where they learn about both Judaism and Christianity alongside over 100 other interfaith children. We are part of a growing national movement of interfaith families choosing to educate our children about both religions. Most religious institutions discourage this choice, to say the very least. But for our family, it has been an inspiring pathway.
My book on raising children with two religions, based on hundreds of survey responses and interviews, has just been published by Beacon Press. It’s called Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family. The controversial Op-Ed I wrote for the New York Times on raising children with both religions received more than 600 comments and was the most e-mailed NYT story for most of two days. You can also find my interfaith essays at interfaithfamily.com and on NPR’s All Things Considered. I have served as an expert on interfaith children at national conferences, and chaired the Board of the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington DC, the interfaith group with the largest religious education program in the country. I often speak on educating children in two religions, and on the relationship between interfaith families and interfaith understanding.
I am a former reporter for Newsweek and New Scientist magazines, and a former parenting columnist for a local newspaper chain. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Discover, Science, National Wildlife, Health, Moment, and many other publications.
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