By Susan Katz Miller | With Kamala Harris as our new Vice President elect, interfaith families reach a new level of prominence in America. Harris is not only the first woman and the first Black person to be Vice President; she will also be the first interfaith kid and the first person in an interfaith marriage. Harris epitomizes Generation Interfaith: she represents a religious trifecta with a Christian parent, a Hindu parent, and a Jewish husband.
A Q&A with Susan Katz Miller | Since the publication of “Being Both,” I have been traveling the country, speaking about interfaith families in churches and synagogues, universities and national conferences. And a steady stream of interfaith couples and families, from all over the world, started to contact me to ask for support. Often, they come to me because they do not have supportive clergy, or they cannot find counselors who have experience in interfaith issues. And they appreciate my perspective as both an adult interfaith child, and the parent of adult interfaith children. At some point I realized that I cannot coach everyone individually, but with the Journal, I can support families everywhere. And at exactly that moment, Skinner House actually came to me, looking for an author to write a book like this, because there is no other workbook for interfaith families out there.
By Susan Katz MillerI happen to be a Jewish woman who says inshAllah. And, Alhamdulillah. Quite a lot. So earlier this year, I was frustrated and depressed when a college student conversing with his father on a cell phone while waiting for takeoff said he would call again when he landed, inshAllah, and then he was escorted off the plane when another passenger interpreted this conversation as somehow threatening.
When I was in my twenties and thirties, I did not expect to ever want or need a rabbi in my life again. After years of defending my Jewish identity as the child of an interfaith family, I thought I was done with Jewish institutions and clergy. I joined a community created by and for interfaith families, filled with families that spurned religious dogma, labels, and litmus tests. And I was happy.
Working in the creative department at a small non-profit book publisher, we are constantly brainstorming new ideas of how to get our books noticed while not breaking the bank. Perhaps surprisingly, our limitations are sometimes what help elevate our designs to a higher standard. Our department is constantly brainstorming new ways to communicate our message through a combination of digital and physical media. I have had to rely on my abilities to illustrate, draw text, sculpt, paint, photograph, and collage on covers. My favorite covers have always resulted from some sort of experimentation with media and imagery.
Caitlin Meyer, senior publicist at Beacon Press, has some book recommendations (and a recipe!) just in time for Chanukah.
According to Susan Katz Miller, author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, there is no single label that fits all interfaith families. And that's a good thing.
Susan Katz Miller, author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, provides some valuable resources for interfaith families celebrating Yom Kippur.
An intimate reflection by Susan Katz Miller, author of 'Being Both,' on the nature of motherhood, daughterhood, and the power of bringing interfaith activism and inclusiveness to Mother's Day.
Susan Katz Miller, author of BEING BOTH: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, celebrates an interfaith Easter and the bonds that unite families, neighborhoods, and countries.
Susan Katz Miller, author of 'Being Both,' interviews Rabbi Chava Bahle, the first rabbi to lead a Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
Three Beacon Press authors recommend books to read for Jewish Book Month and Hanukkah.
A new book from Beacon looks at the lives of interfaith families, including that of Reza Aslan and his wife, Jessica Jackley.
Susan Katz Miller is a former Newsweek reporter and former US correspondent for New Scientist. She blogs on interfaith families for the Huffington Post and OnBeingBoth.com. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two interfaith teenagers....
An emptying nest can change a mom's feeling about the holidays, but a thoughtful spouse can inspire some childlike wonder.
Susan Katz Miller describes an interfaith celebration of a Catholic saint.
What are the holidays like for interfaith families? Susan Katz Miller discusses how her family celebrates.