Fast-forward several years: Richards and Levy, both 27, are newlyweds who married in a Jewish-Catholic ceremony.Such marriages—interfaith (between a Catholic and a non-Christian) and interchurch (between a Catholic and another Christian)—have been on the rise for the past 30 years.
Jews do accept conversion, but it's a long and difficult process, even in Reform communities—as of 2013, only 2 percent of the Jewish population are converts.
After World War II, Jews everywhere were reeling from the Nazi slaughter of 6 million European Jews.
Many of those who survived moved to the United States, which now is home to the second largest Jewish population in the world.
Before Juliann Richards met Neal Levy, she didn’t doubt that she’d marry a fellow Catholic someday.
After all, Richards was raised Catholic, attended Catholic school, grew up mostly around fellow Catholics, and knew she wanted her children raised with the same faith.