The Secrets To An Interfaith Relationship

Cath-Wics? Hin-Jews? The face of interfaith is changing fast, but the secrets to a successful dual-faith relationship remain the same.

Wendy, 32, and Joe, 37, had been dating nearly a year before their divergent faiths first gave them pause. "So, what are they like?" Wendy, who was raised Christian, but now describes herself as "spiritual, verging on pagan," asked Joe, who is Jewish, over dinner one night. For weeks, the two had been planning to have dinner at the home of another couple that coming Friday—close family friends of Joe's—whom Wendy was excited to finally meet.

"Um," Joe hesitated. It was rare that he was at a loss for words, but now he looked distinctly uncomfortable.

"There's kind of been a change of plans."

"Oh, did something come up for them?" asked Wendy.

"Well," stammered Joe, "I told them about you. You know, that you weren't Jewish. And…well, they said it's Shabbat, the Sabbath, and they can't really have anyone who's not Jewish at the table," he trailed off.

The couple observed a moment of unintentional silence before Wendy spoke.

"This is like the 2007 version of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," she finally spluttered.

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