Husband and wife, political analyst Steve Roberts and ABC co-anchor Cokie Roberts, will share strategies for a successful interfaith marriage at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 in the Garfield Theatre of the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla.
Their talk is part of the 2011 Distinguished Author Series, presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture. A book signing will follow.
In their new book, “Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families,” the journalists chronicle their experiences as an interfaith couple and provide insight on the core values of togetherness, compromise, and love that unite partners across all religions.
Steve and Cokie are the parents of two children and grandparents of six. They live in Bethesda, Maryland.
Press materials for the book reveal that when Cokie and Steve met in college, they both believed their different traditions (she is Catholic, he is Jewish) would prevent them from ever getting married. Yet in 1966, they found themselves together in the garden of Cokie’s girlhood home, standing under a flower-covered chuppah. Almost 45 years later, they have learned not only to respect and reconcile the religious traditions they once thought might divide them, but to celebrate those traditions as well.
“Over the years since our own wedding, lots of other Jewish-Christian couples have talked to us and some have asked our advice,” writes Steve. “We’re careful to stress we have no formulas that work for everybody. But I do think we learned several things from that process, and one was inclusion. Every effort that makes people feel wanted or respected is worth doing.”
Cokie Roberts, political commentator and co-anchor of ABC’s “This Week with Sam Donaldson,” and senior news analyst for NPR, is the author of several books including her No. 1 New York Times bestseller, “We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters,” as well as “Ladies of Liberty “and “Founding Mothers.”
Joining forces with Steve, she has also co-written “From This Day Forward, “ an in-depth look at the institution of marriage. Together, Steve and Cokie write a weekly syndicated column and are also contributing editors to USA Weekend.
Steve is the author of “From Every End of This Earth” and “My Fathers’ Houses.“ He has worked as a journalist for 40 years, and appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network and NPR. He has taught politics and writing at George Washington University for the last 20 years; he often counsels young interfaith couples and has performed two weddings.
Tickets are $12-$14 at the door, (858) 362-1348 or