One Couple Two Faiths: Stories of Love and Religion by Marion L. Usher PhD


What happens when things get serious between a couple when one partner is Jewish and one is not? This book is for them—for interfaith couples who are dating, engaged, newly married, already established and for their families. It will enable them to navigate the complexities of an interfaith relationship and create a bond rich in respect, understanding and a life grounded in Jewish identity. Dr. Marion Usher, creator of “Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners,” draws on her experience working with 700 interfaith couples over 25 years. Her book follows the struggle and success of couples who have made the journey.


If you’re looking for a book that shares the
stories—in all of their beauty, heartache,
challenges and wisdom—of what it means
to be an interfaith couple exploring Jewish life,
one need look no further than Dr. Usher’s book.
                Jodi Bromberg
                CEO, InterfaithFamily, Boston


This thorough and well-organized book is an
important and accessible recource for clergy,
families, Jewish communal workers and
therapists. Usher provides a constructive approach
for interfaith couples seeking to figure out their
religious lives. Wonderfully written, welcoming
and most of all, honest. It’s a must read for
all of us seeking to make our families – and
communities – more welcoming and inclusive.
                Steve Rakitt
                President, The Genesis Prize Foundation
                New York and Jerusalem


Marion Usher understood, long before the
pundits and professors, that interfaith
marriage in America was now the norm.
She has inspired me, and countless others,
to welcome, understand, and celebrate these
families. Her work is a gift and a blessing to
the 21st century Jewish community.
                Rabbi Shira Stutman
                Senior Rabbi, Sixth and I Historic Congregation
                Washington, DC


Dr. Marion Usher is the creator of “Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners.” With her cohort of over 700 couples, she explores the issues interfaith couples need to address as they co-create the religious life of their new family. Her workshop is now being conducted in ten cities across the United States and Canada. Her DVD and manual illustrating her workshop model premiered at the Washington DCJCC Film Festival in 2009. Her interfaith workshop was a semi-finalist for the Lippman-Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom in 2016.

                Dr. Usher consults with interfaith couples and families, synagogues, JCCs, and other Jewish organizations, helping them to develop creative programming for interfaith couples and families and on her website,, where she blogs on issues related to interfaith marriage. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Week (Washington and New York),, Sh’ma, eJewish Philanthropy, The Washington Post, The Washingtonian, On Faith, and Jewish Food Experience.

                She partners with other Jewish communal groups in Washington, DC, to create new outreach programs for interfaith families, which can be replicated in other cities. Some are “Make Room for the Matzo,” “Make Room for the Latkes,” and “City Jews: Pop Up Shabbat.” Each program has a Jewish activity for the children and a discussion component for the parents. 

                Dr. Usher is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where she supervised residents in psychiatry and helped design the Family Therapy curriculum. 

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