Orthodox Jews follow religious laws most strictly – for example, eating a kosher diet and strictly observing the Jewish Sabbath (Saturday) – and would be less likely to date Reform or Conservative Jews, who are more flexible about their level of religious practice.
The thought of one Jewish person dating another Jewish person seems simple and straightforward, but sometimes it’s not!
Read on for an inside perspective on Jewish dating in America.
There are many positive elements to the cultural stereotype of a Jewish family – warmth, lots and lots of love, unconditional support, and deep, intense family values (The food can be pretty terrific, too).
It can seem like an over-the-top free for all sometimes, and even when you grow up in the middle of a big, close Jewish family, like I did, it can take a lifetime to get used to.
By Ellen Baskin Being Jewish in America means different things to different people in different places.
Jewishness is often felt as an identification with an ethnic and cultural group as much as with a religious faith.
A connection is made, based on a sense of collective history and heritage.
But at the bottom line, a relationship is about two individual people, and there has to be more in common than just the fact that both are Jewish.
When Jews date non-Jews, this can seem a bit overwhelming to someone who might have grown up in a more emotionally restrained environment.
Jewish Dating – Reform, Conservative, Orthodox The thought of one Jewish person dating another Jewish person seems simple and straightforward, but sometimes it’s not.
At the same time, it was also fun to meet people from different places with different backgrounds, and I’ve gone out with non-Jewish men as well.