Re: Interfaith Families (Sept. 16)


Thank you. Thank for publishing the article by Rabbi Melinda Mersack describing how she values interfaith families as part of the Jewish community. It was not so many years ago that a letter to the editor asked why you would choose to recognize interfaith marriages in the Simchas section. That letter made me very angry.
I am fortunate to live in the Newport Jewish community, which has always been welcoming to my husband and our family.

Instead of writing to The Voice in response to that previous letter to explain that my joyous interfaith marriage brought two Jewish children into the world who were very well educated at Touro Synagogue and are now living productive lives as young adults, I write today with tears of joy to thank you and Rabbi Mersack. 

Rabbi Mersack’s article warmed me and touched me more than I could have imagined. Thank you.

 L’shana tovah,

Laura Freedman Pedrick