Intermarriage – Personal Perspectives

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Intermarriage – Personal Perspectives

During one of our most popular events, we explored the topic intermarriage through stories and perspectives of Jewish and Muslim women.

We had four wonderful speakers who told us about their personal stories and experiences, in what turned out to be a moving and fascinating evening. 

Lynda Ford-Horne, our co-chair and a wonderful teacher, told us about her experience as a Jewish woman married outside the community.

Shahnaz Ahsan, an author and commentator, walked us through her life as a Muslim married to Avi, who is Jewish. They have a baby boy who they are raising in both faith (and food!) traditions.

Susan Katz Miller, the author or ‘The Interfaith Family Journal’, an interactive workbook designed to help any interfaith couple or family figure out a successful pathway, is an interfaith child, interfaith spouse, and the parent of two grown interfaith children.

As a speaker on interfaith families and interfaith identities, she explained what she has learned in her years of experience and gave us some very found advice. 

Anna Hussain, the Nisa-Nashim Group Liaison Manager, was raised as an Orthodox Jew and converted to Islam about 14 years ago.

Quoting her ‘It feels like I’ve been waiting all my life for an opportunity such as this’, she read the most moving letter, sharing with us her life journey, insecurities and feelings.  

It was one of our most moving and deep events, and we hope to have a new one soon!