I am Jewish and dating a non-Jewish woman who is considering conversion to Judaism.
I'd be so happy if she did convert, but I don't want to seem like I'm forcing her to convert. In a way, you've answered your own question: Support, not coercion.
If the Jew can't go to class, then s/he should at least be willing and able to discuss the classes and support the study ― even read some of the books.
Years ago, Egon Mayer, a Queens College sociologist and maven on conversion, spoke at my congregation and said that the main reason given by non-Jews for not converting is that they were never asked.
It is the most deeply-engrained cultural difference between Jews and non-Jews.
There's a video put out by the Reform Movement of America, a real-life documentary depicting a series of group therapy sessions for intermarried couples, designed to help them deal with the unique issues of intermarriage.
Historically, since the Rabbinic period (post 70 CE), Jewish status was passed down by the mother. A child of a Jewish mother is Jewish, even if the father is not.
Prior to this period, the Bible recognized patrilineal descent, whereby one’s Jewish status was determined by one’s father.
His friends were all Jewish as he grew up, and he attended March of the Living.He is the last Jewish male in our family, since my one and only cousin is a female and I am an only child.If he has no Jewish sons, then our family line will die.I am not Jewish, but would very much like to include several of the Jewish traditions in our wedding, to embrace her heritage as well.Dear [email protected], For Jews, “marrying within the faith” isn’t a cultural preference or prejudice.