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We had Team Alma participate — Molly Tolsky, 31, our editor, and Emily Burack, 22, our editorial fellow — alongside writers Jessica Klein, 28, Hannah Dylan Pasternak, 22, and Al Rosenberg, 32.A quick overview of dating histories, because it will inform the conversation: Molly has had a few serious relationships, one lasting 5 1/2 years, none with Jewish men.Emily: I too feel like I’m becoming my Jewish grandma except I cannot cook. Hannah: My aunt married an Irish Catholic and he knows all the blessings, comes to temple, and all that stuff. It is just nice to not have the learning curve, or to have Judaism be one of the many things you do share with your partner.There are always going to be things you have in common and things you don’t — and I think if you had to choose one thing to have in common, Jewishness is a worthwhile/valuable one.In my past relationships, I was younger and wasn’t really thinking so far ahead, so none of that future stuff really mattered.Now that I’m more explicitly looking for the person to spend my life with and have children with, it feels more important to at least try to find a Jewish partner.
think it’s definitely starting to become “hotter” to me when someone is a Jew.Now it’s my choice and I kind of miss being “forced” to go to temple, etc. Jessica: I’ve always lived in very Jew-y places, except for like five months in Edinburgh once.Emily: My hometown was so homogeneously Jewish — everything Jewish felt like second nature.She is currently dating (“alllll the apps,” in her words) and for the first time, she is more explicitly trying to find a Jewish partner.Emily‘s first and only serious relationship (that she’s currently in) is with a Jewish guy she met at college.