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Celebrating Interfaith Marriages: Creating Your Jewish/Christian Ceremony Paperback – April 19, 1999
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About the Author
Rabbi Devon A. Lerner (Arlington, MA) has served congregations in Atlanta, Richmond, and Boston. She received an M.S.W. from Boston University in 1986 and since that time has had a private practice specializing in interfaith wedding ceremonies.
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As an advertising copywriter I can say definitively that the style and way this book is written is not only excellent, but it follows a very conversational tone that made it very easy for me to enjoy. It is well constructed, often witty, and not once did I ever feel I was being preached to, or told it our wedding had to be done in a certain manner.
What's more, Rabbi Lerner fills her book with many different perspectives, solutions and resources. She culls from her experiences, draws from that of others, and puts forth a great deal of outstanding ideas and scenerios to help you through what can often be a very trying and difficult endeavor.
We certianly couldn't have had the wedding we wanted, nor would our wedding have been the resounding success it was, without this book. I highly recomend it to anyone attempting an interfaith marriage. It will serve as an invaluable resource, and most importantly, provide you with considerable inspiration.
My heartfelt response to such a question is that I would rather be part of a process that is open to their choices, to their commitment to maintain some of the rituals from their heritage, and to their future. The more open, welcoming, and responsive we are ... the more positive and loving we make the experience ... the sweeter the taste that is left in their memories ... the more likely that both the Jewish and non-Jewish partner will feel comfortable and eager to turn toward fostering Jewish practices in their home, both for themselves and for their children.
So when recent ketuba clients told me how wonderful their experience was in meeting with Rabbi Devon Lerner and how helpful it was to read her book, "Celebrating Interfaith Marriages," I knew I had to find out more. When I discovered that we are practically neighbors, I read her book in preparation for a personal meeting. I was drawn in to Lerner's presentation from the beginning. The pervading sense throughout is one of acceptance and non-judgment. How refreshing!
There is no assumption that the couple will adopt only Jewish practices in their home.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has been very helpful as my fiance and I plan our interfaith wedding. Great book!Published 4 months ago by Katie
Great book to help you feel like your situation isn't unique. There are lots of others going through a similar process and it made me feel hopeful and empowered to move past and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by RLRapp
I have used this book for many years to help craft numerous interfaith ceremonies. It is an amazing resource, well written with lots of great readings. I recommend it highly! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gary M. Spero
I really liked this book, the beginning has a few chapters to read, and then it has a bunch of ceremonies in it (various denominations of Christain and Judaism), and then it... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jan
In the end I'm not sure how much of this book we used, but it was extremely useful to see all the pertinent thoughts on the different ceremonies spelled out. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Victor Eijkhout
This book is presented in a very open minded way. It is packed with helpful information for both interfaith and same faith couples. I would highly recommend it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joyce Siegel
This is an EXCELLENT book for anyone who will be performing Interfaith Marriages. The contents provides great suggestions and is very thorough on both the Jewish side and the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Reb. Yehudah Lefkowitz
MY HUSBAND AND I ARE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS AND THIS BOOK WAS RECOMMENDED TO US BY THE RABBI WHO WAS GOING TO OFFICIATE OUR WEDDING. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ellen