The statisticians tell us that 1 in every 2 Jews marry a non-Jew in America. Are you part of that growing demographic? Was the experience notable? Difficult? Funny? If so then InterfaithFamily.com is giving you the opportunity to turn your love into cold, hard cash! They recently announced a video contest with a top prize of $2,500!
We are looking for all types of videos, including but not limited to: wedding videos demonstrating interesting, engaging, interfaith wedding ceremonies; humorous videos dealing with interfaith issues regarding life-cycle events, holidays, and everyday life; interviews with people involved in interfaith relationships and how they are dealing with the issues they face; conflict resolution; cartoons; parodies (in good taste); and music videos.
Wedding ceremonies officiated by a Rabbi and a Priest? Little Yankele’s baptism? Sarah’s First Communion? Grandma Shapiro’s heart attack (RELAX! It was just indigestion!)? Chrismukkah celebrations featuring Ham Latkes? Got the tapes? Pull them out and send them in! Need more inspiration? Here’s a video made by Israel’s Channel 10 News that addresses the issue of Interfaith marriages in the US:
Now allow me to be serious for a moment. I recently read Shiksa : The Gentile Woman in the Jewish World by Christine (of course…) Benvenuto. While this book contains many discussions relating to the issue of matrilineal descent from both a religious and sociological perspective, it also makes extensive use of 1st person accounts of non-Jewish women married to Jewish men. Christine deals with the issue in a respectful, intelligent and thought provoking manner. As a result of reading this book, my perspective on the issue has softened and while I am still opposed to mixed-marriages, I am definitely not opposed to doing as much as we can to deal with the issue in a more sensitive and welcoming manner.
Getting back to the topic at hand – is it wrong for me to think that a viral video campaign is, well… kinda gauche? InterfaithFamily.com says they are looking for creative, sensitive and original videos – quality stuff – But then they urge entrants to “Tell all your friends to tell all their friends to watch your video online, the more people watch the better your chance to win” – they even have a prize for the “Most Viewed” video. Given what it takes for a video to go viral (2 Women 1 Miriam’s Cup?), is the end result going to be a “quality” video? Is it going to be sensitive and well thought out? Or is it going to be the YouTube generation’s version of Bridget Loves Bernie? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2008. Winners will be announced June 3, 2008.