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Gentile And Other ‘Unorthodox’ Moms

Gentile And Other ‘Unorthodox’ Moms

I’m still looking for good names for gentile women raising Jewish kids. Perhaps someone like the Jewish Outreach Institute or should sponsor a contest, hint hint.

Hopefully they’d come up with something better than JOI Associate Executive Director Paul Golin’s (joking I hope) suggestion to me, via Facebook, that we call them MORBs: mothers of other religious backgrounds. A bit too close to “morbid” for my taste.

Johanna Ginsberg, the New Jersey Jewish News reporter whose recent article about aforementioned moms spurred this semantic quest of mine, has a great article out this week on intermarried families and cemeteries. Which, as you know, is one of my favorite topics. Not that I’m MORBid or anything.

And speaking of things you should read, I encourage you to check out my profile of Deborah Feldman, the author of “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots.” There’s no real intermarriage connection, although Feldman is currently romantically involved with an Irish Catholic, something I didn’t have space to get into in the article. But she’s a fascinating personality and fabulous writer — and I suspect she’s going to get a lot of media attention in the coming months.

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