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But now we’re turning more generally to the thorny issues related to dating Jewish (or not).
To chat about everything Jewish dating, we gathered some Alma writers for the first Alma Roundtable.
He’s from New York, she’s from New York, it’s very basic. Jessica has dated mostly non-Jews, which includes her current two-year relationship.
He’s a Newfoundlander, which is (according to Jessica) “an East Coast Canadian that’s basically Irish.” She’s had one serious Jewish boyfriend (her last relationship), and of all her past partners her parents “disapproved of him the most.” Hannah has had two serious relationships; she dated her high school boyfriend from when she was 13 to when she was just about 18.
Molly: I’ve never felt any explicit pressure from my family.
Molly: Yeah, I feel the guys I grew up with are whatever the male version of a JAP is, so I have a… I guess a male JAP is a JAP (Jewish American Prince). So many of my friends are told they don’t look like Jews because they’re Mizrahi or Po C or whatever, or even just like Scandinavian-looking Jews like me.Al: So, I’m the last Jew in my family (all of them either died or converted to born-again Christianity). But being the last Jew has created a lot of internal pressure to have a Jewish household.I didn’t honestly don’t, but I think that’s because no one has had to put pressure on me — I’m notorious for having a Jewish “type.” My parents wouldn’t disown me if I wanted to marry a non-Jew, but they have always said that my life will be much easier — for a variety of reasons — if i’m dating, partnered to, married to a Jew.I’ve also gotten much more into celebrating my Judaism as I’ve gotten older.I think I used to kind of scorn it because it was something I was forced to do by my family.