The Jewish-American Marriage Oral History Project
I Am My Beloved's: Jewish-American Couples Talk About Their Marriages
Tribal membership and conjugal partnerships both offer emotionally salutary feelings of belonging. Are there any synergies when both life partners belong to the same tribe? Maybe, maybe not, but show us someone who is alienated and estranged from his or her tribe and odds are that his or her parents had an unhealthy and dysfunctional marriage. More specifically, children of Jewish parents who have strong, healthy marriages are more likely to develop positive Jewish identities.
What do healthy Jewish marriages look like? They are demographically diverse: religious and secular, gay and straight, urban and suburban, monogamous and polyamorous, first marriages and second marriages, passionate couples and companionate couples, able bodied and disabled, teachers and techies, artists and professionals, Jews from birth and Jews by choice, native born and foreign born, parents and child-free by choice, parents of able-bodied children and parents of disabled children.
The Jewish-American Marriage Oral History Project will be a repository of interviews and photographs of Jewish-American couples; a selection of these will be published as "I Am My Beloved's: Jewish-American Couples Talk About their Marriages" in the form of either a book, an e-book, and/or a website. "I Am My Beloved's," a work in progress, is a collection of interviews and photographs of Jewish-American couples that explores the intersection of each couple's identities as a couple and as Jews. "I Am My Beloved's" will include the voices and images of a wide range of couples reflecting the diversity of the Jewish-American community.
Couples interested in being interviewed and photographed for the book, and publishers interested in publishing it, may contact us at
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