Portland's Jewish Teens Discuss Interfaith Dating

Oregon Faith News Note: The point of the discussions were to help young people as they ponder some of life’s most important questions and decisions. One boy says that teenaged dating is an opportunity to find out what you like and what you don’t like in relationships to help inform more serious choices down the road. Another cautioned that dating non-Jews early in life might be a slippery slope toward marrying outside Judaism as an adult.

Rabbi Brodkin strongly encourages inter-faith marriage, seeing it as their greatest chance at a long-term meaningful Jewish life and identity. “The more you can share with your spouse is a deep and wonderful thing,” says Rabbi Brodkin, “and being in a marriage that’s not working is a tremendous source of misery.” However, understands it is a decision they will need to make independently.

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