Drew Barrymore Is Raising Olive Jewish!Shana Aborn
Drew Barrymore recently revealed to People that although she’s a “shiksa” (a non-Jewish woman), she has come to love the Jewish faith of her husband Will Kopelman.
“We had a very traditional wedding ceremony with Rabbi Rubenstein and I did the ketubah [the Jewish wedding contract],” she says. “We wore the yarmulkes and we did the chuppah [wedding canopy].”
But though the chuppah may be packed away, Drew isn’t putting religion into storage. “It’s a beautiful faith and I’m honored to be around it,” says the newlywed, who enjoys making the traditional Passover seder meal in the spring. “It’s so family-oriented…The stories are so beautiful and it’s so incredibly enlightening. I’m really happy.”
In fact, Drew and Will plan to raise their daughter, Olive, in the faith – which means she’ll learn about her religion, celebrate Jewish holidays and perhaps even have a bat mitzvah, the coming-of-age ceremony.
Exactly how observant will the family be? Drew didn’t say. In the more strictly religious Orthodox Jewish households, families keep kosher and observe Sabbath restrictions on work, which include not using electricity or driving. Or they may maintain a more liberal Reform approach, which could even include celebrating Christmas with Drew’s relatives.
Just a heads-up to the Kopelmans: By religious law, Olive won’t be considered officially Jewish unless Drew herself converts; one’s Jewish status is determined by the religion of the mother. Olive could also opt to convert as an adult if she chooses.
But Drew seems to have given the matter some thought. She tells the magazine, “I haven’t converted yet” – which indicates it’s a move she might make at some point.
Such a happy day that would be!
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