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What is the Reform position on clergy officiating at the wedding of a Jew to a person brought up in a different faith?

What is the Reform position on clergy officiating at the wedding of a Jew to a person brought up in a different faith? My fiancée is not Jewish, and doesn't want to convert at this time. We want a Jewish wedding, and plan to raise our children as Jews.

Is it the policy that men must be circumcised prior to conversion? My 8-year old son wasn't circumcised.

Answer By: 
Rabbi Mark Washofsky

Is it the policy that men must be circumcised prior to conversion? My 8-year old son wasn't circumcised. My husband is Jewish, I'm not. I would prefer for him to make his own decision when he is older, or when it can be done with a local anesthetic.

I'm Jewish and my wife isn't. Every year, we go to my in-laws to celebrate Christmas with them. Will it be too confusing to my daughter?

Answer By: 
Rabbi Leora Kaye

There are many opportunities to share in the beauty of different faith traditions that may exist within one family. There is no reason why sharing your in-laws traditions would end up being confusing to your daughter.

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