About


I am a writer, author, speaker, mom, and the Jewish half of an interfaith couple. My book From Generation to Generation: A Story of Intermarriage and Jewish Continuity tells the story of my interfaith family's experience building a Jewish home.

I write for InterfaithFamily.com and contribute to The Seesaw column in the Forward. My articles have appeared in Tablet Magazine, the Forward, Jewish Journal Boston, Jewish Exponent, Kveller.com, The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education blog, ReformJudaism.org, Jewish Holidays in a Box, URJ Greene Family Camp blog and other outlets. I have been quoted on interfaith issues in the Chicago Tribune and Today.com, the website of NBC's Today Show. I am a featured speaker in the Institute for Southern Jewish Living's Southern States Jewish Programming Series.

My work on finance, healthy living, food, home and travel has appeared in Hotel News Now, Suite101, eHow and Trails.com.

I am the assistant director of engagement overseeing conversion, interfaith, LGBT and young adult initiatives at the largest Reform congregation in the Southwest. I am a member of the board of directors of Big Tent Judaism (formerly Jewish Outreach Institute) and National Council of Jewish Women Greater Dallas. I am active in Jewish National Fund and a founding member of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey.

I graduated with a BS from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University before earning an MBA from the Fordham University Graduate School of Business. Before dedicating myself to advocating for the inclusion of intermarried families in Jewish life, I spent 19 years working in marketing and financial services receiving awards from GE Consumer and Retail Sales Finance, Inside PR, and the New York chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

I was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from Verona High School in Verona, NJ. During my teens, I held several leadership position in the youth group at Temple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove, NJ, including president.

I live in Dallas with my husband Cameron, 11-year-old son Sammy, and dog Brady.

Contact: janelarkin243@gmail.com