Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xiv

I have always been a communal learner, and so more people than I can possibly thank have helped develop this project. I alone am responsible for the shortcomings in Beyond Chrismukkah, but its contributions to our field and to the study of interfaith family life in the United States were created in collaboration...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

When Jewish Barbara Zeitler married Catholic Jeffrey Kendall in 1988, they agreed that any children of the marriage would be raised as Jews.1 At the time, she was a member of the Reform movement, frequently described as one of the most liberal branches of Judaism. He was not particularly engaged in Catholic...

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1. To Stem a Rising Tide: Interfaith Marriage and Religious Institutions

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pp. 15-50

In 1966 the General Commission on Chaplains and Armed Forces Personnel produced a pamphlet presenting the Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant positions on interfaith marriage.1 During the Cold War, political rhetoric construed the American family, rooted in both capitalism and religion, as one of...

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2. Blended or Transcended: Interfaith Families in Popular Culture, 1970–1980

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pp. 51-77

The opening montage of the 1972–1973 CBS sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie depicts a young couple falling in love. A swarthy taxi driver sees a beautiful blonde unsuccessfully trying to hail a cab. Despite being off duty, he picks her up and drives her to work. At the end of the school day, when the lovely...

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3. One Roof, One Religion: The Campaign for a Jewish (Interfaith) Family

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pp. 78-111

In its 2003–4 season, HBO’s hit series Sex in the City, which featured the lives and loves of four single women in New York, presented conversion to Judaism as a solution to the dilemma posed by interfaith love. For the first five seasons of the show, WASPy Episcopalian Charlotte York had been the series'...

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4. They Sure Will Be of Minority Groups: Interreligious, Interracial, Multiethnic Jewish Families

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pp. 112-135

In a letter to the writer Alice Walker, the woman he would soon marry, Mel Leventhal wrote, “I have sent you, via first class mail, a surprise. . . . The Collected Poems of P. L. Dunbar. You mentioned to me that you would like such a book and so I decided to buy it for you, me, and the children. We must...

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5. Chrismukkah: Millennial Multiculturalism

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pp. 136-160

The first few years of the new millennium witnessed the birth of a new holiday: Chrismukkah. While Christian and Jewish interfaith families have long negotiated their respective traditions, this holiday marked a departure from older models of interfaith family practice. Rather than emphasizing religious...

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6. Living the Interfaith Family Life: Dual Religious Heritages Shaping Family Cultures

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pp. 161-200

This epigraph is drawn from personal writings shared with me by Jennifer Kimball, a scholar, blogger, Mormon feminist, and interfaith parent.1 She wrote out of frustration with the ways in which manuals for interfaith families address the issues of interfaith family life, and she argued that the books...

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Conclusion. For the Sake of the Children: Identity, Practice, and the Adult Children of Intermarriage

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pp. 201-220

Interfaith families are increasingly part of the American landscape. Versions of their stories are told in our houses of worship, but perhaps more importantly on our televisions, in our movie theaters, in our newspapers, and on the shelves of our libraries and bookstores, where, in the past ten years, books aimed at...

Notes

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pp. 221-238

Bibliography

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pp. 239-248

Index

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pp. 249-260