Since May is Jewish American Heritage Month, we’re taking a look at famous Jewish American couples who have enhanced our Jewish world. These are couples who are committed to Jewish values, and to making their relationship work. Today, we profile Steven Spielberg and his favorite leading lady—his wife, actress Kate Capshaw.
Where they met: on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Steven was directing; Kate was one of the film’s stars.
How long they’ve been married: 23 years. This was the second marriage for both Kate and Steven. They had children from previous marriages, and they’ve added to their family with five children of their own. Steven was born Jewish. Kate converted to Judaism before they married.
What singles can learn from the Spielbergs: No matter how successful you are in other areas of your life, it’s almost always difficult to jump back into the dating world after a divorce. Instead of being defeated by their experiences, Kate and Steven learned from them. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Steven admitted that he was disillusioned with the idea of marriage after his divorce. That was until Kate came along. “Kate made it clear that she’d be a different kind of woman—a supporting, loving, and present wife,” he said.
Also, Kate’s decision to convert to Judaism reflects a desire for shared religious values. In Abigail Pogrebin’s book Stars of David, Steven said that Kate’s conversion “more than anything else, brought me back to Judaism.” For Kate, Judaism was a new discovery. For Steven, it was a re-discovery. They proudly raise their children as Jewish, and contribute to many Jewish causes. Steven’s renewed love of Judaism eventually led him to make Schindler’s List. To him, this was much more than a movie; it was an opportunity to enhance Holocaust education, and give countless survivors opportunities to share their stories for future generations.
Just think; that might not have happened if he and Kate hadn’t found each other.
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