Background: I grew up Jewish in Canada. My parents came from Israel and raised me and my siblings here. Understandably, they had expected us to only consider marrying other Jews when we came of age.
As someone who grew up in a multicultural society and who has done a lot of his own spiritual and religious searching (not to say that I’m done), I find myself in a position where it seems more likely that I will not marry Jewish. I take part in the holidays and family traditions, and I love them, but I don’t follow the Jewish religion and don’t plan on starting. My current girlfriend is not Jewish, and this has brought up conversations with my parents regarding how things might unfold if we got married. The biggest issue, of course, would be my grandfather’s reaction as well as some of my other family.
I’m not looking for religious reasons as to why I should marry within Judaism. What I’m looking for is anyone with real experience in this matter. I know it would be hard, but I want to hear from someone who has gone through this. What was it like? What were the main issues that you encountered? Things you did and did not anticipate? Did you consider conversion, and if so, how did that go?