If a close attachment does develop, even if neither person is particularly religious, shared Jewish customs and values can help form a solid foundation in building a lasting relationship.
I’ve always thought that part of the fun of getting to know someone is finding out about their upbringing, learning about their family, being introduced to new people and traditions.
When it comes to interfaith dating, a lot depends on how big a part being Jewish plays in someone’s day-to-day life.
(Israel has the largest.) For a number of reasons – some practical, others emotional – there was a lot of pressure in the years that followed for Jewish children to only date and marry other Jews.
At the same time, after years of discrimination, Jews were finally being included in mainstream American life, which has led to a more blended population … When I was growing up in Queens, one of the suburban boroughs of New York City, the neighborhood was very ethnic and predominantly Jewish.
In the US, more Jews identify themselves through Jewish culture and tradition than formal religious affiliation.