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By Samuel Friedman
First Person 

I'm a Hillel director, my fiancé is a pastor - here is how we are making it work


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The author and his fiancée.

"It's like when one person likes chocolate and one person likes vanilla, but they both hate bigotry," I said, explaining to my father how his son, a Hillel director, was dating an ordained Christian minister.

Our faiths may be different, but our values are the same.

Jen and I first met in January 2020, just three months before the start of the first COVID-19 quarantines in the United States. Our first date was a whirlwind of excited conversation around spirituality, ethics and how funny it was that we- professionals in our different religious traditions-were on a date together.

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