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Valerie Edmondson Perry

April 18, 2012
02:55 AM

mother of three Jewish women and wife to a Jewish Man

Being Secular Jews has been wonderful for our family and united my Baptist upbringing and my husband's Reform. We have consciously raised Jewish children, who also revere their American Southern heritage I bring to our home. Our local shul feels odd to me, probably since my husband is not comfortable in that setting and the rituals seem so foreign to me. No matter, we sing, dance, pray, and eat our way through the weeks and the seasons and I am happy to have three good Jewish daughters and three good Jewish granddaughters who will honor their Jewish heritage (and cuisine), I hope for the ages. Our marriage is a spiritual one that respect all cultures, while we honor our own. We put love and family first; family includes thousands of years of Cohenim and appreciation of the sacrifices these ancestors made to keep a religious identity sacred. However, I can't force my husband to participate more in a shul, and it is not familiar to me as a Baptist. But, for our children -- it all feels comfortable and for family. What lucky parents we are.

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