I'm Converting to Judaism — and My Christian Mom Is Bummed

My dad is Jewish and my mom is Christian. I was raised both. I recently got engaged to a Jewish guy and am beginning the conversion process. My parents have shown me a lot of support, and I do believe they are happy for me. But I can tell that underneath my mom feels a little bit like she is losing me, or she lost.

The thing is, I am their only child. There’s nobody else to keep her Easter and Christmas traditions, so this is a big loss for her. Seesaw, I am not going to observe Christian holidays in my home, but is there anything else I can do to placate her worries now or honor her in the future?

Have an interfaith quandary? Email us at: seesaw@forward.com

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

I'm Converting to Judaism — and My Christian Mom Is Bummed

Thank you!

This article has been sent!