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Beyond ChrismukkahThe Christian-Jewish Interfaith Family in the United States$
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Samira K. Mehta

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636368

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636368.001.0001

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Living the Interfaith Family Life

Living the Interfaith Family Life

Dual Religious Heritages Shaping Family Cultures

(p.161) Chapter Six Living the Interfaith Family Life
Beyond Chrismukkah

Samira K. Mehta

University of North Carolina Press

In 4 case studies, Chapter 6 articulates a range of ways that interfaith families practice both religions: the largely secular home that connects to both Christian and Jewish heritage; a family that sees themselves as having Christian and Jewish heritage in the context of a shared Unitarian Universalist community and faith; a family that belongs to an intentional interfaith community, the Interfaith Family Project; and a family that belongs to both Jewish and Mormon religious communities and is educating their children in both. These case studies represent the 4 main approaches that interfaith families “doing both” have found to navigate those tensions. Each of these families has found a different approach for combining their traditions and a unique language for framing their choices, but they all do so in ways that minimize the cognitive differences between the two traditions, highlights their similarities, and creates a cohesive narrative of family identity.

Keywords:   Unitarian Universalist, Mormon, Farming, Chrismukkah, “Doing both”, narrative

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