“Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America”
The Beth Pomerantz Education Series will present a fascinating exploration of the promise and peril of interfaith marriage today at its next program, to be held on Sunday, December 7 at 9:45 am at Temple Beth El. The new education series was introduced this past September.
Guest speaker Naomi Schaefer Riley will present “Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America.” This is also the title of her 2013 book, which was named an editor’s pick by the New York Times Book Review. She has done extensive research and writing on this topic.
In the last decade, Riley explains that 45% of all marriages in the United States were between people of different faiths. The rapidly growing number of mixed-faith families has led to more tolerance and openness among religious communities. However, she argues, an obsession with tolerance at all costs has made discussing the problems of interfaith marriage a taboo subject.
The author bravely tackles this challenge in her thought-provoking book. She suggests that a devotion to diversity and romance may blind interfaith couples to potential future problems when they are faced with major life challenges such as raising children and dealing with their parents’ deaths. Can love conquer all? What are the crucial issues interfaith couples need to recognize and reconcile? Riley has research that will spark an interesting discussion of this timely topic.
Riley is a weekly columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor, and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture.
The December 7 program will be held at the Temple from 9:45 am to noon. The program is FREE and open to the public. Breakfast will be served.
R.S.V.P.’s for the program would be appreciated. You may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the temple office at 717-581-7891.
Beth Pomerantz was a longtime member of Temple Beth El. She chaired the Education Committee for several years, and participated in just about every educational offering at Beth El. The Beth Pomerantz Education Series was established this year to honor her passion for lifelong learning and to provide learning opportunities through study of a range of Jewish-related topics under inspiring teachers.
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