Chelsea Clinton tweets first pic of baby Charlotte: Will she be raised Jewish?

"At 7:03 PM on September 26th, we finally met Charlotte. We’re in love," Clinton's tweet says of baby born to Methodist mother and Jewish father.

September 28, 2014 11:17
Chelsea Clinton's new born baby Charlotte

Chelsea Clinton with her new born baby Charlotte. (photo credit: CHELSEA CLINTON'S TWITTER ACCOUNT)


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New mother Chelsea Clinton tweeted her first picture of baby Charlotte on Saturday, along with husband Marc Mezvinsky.

"At 7:03 PM on September 26th, we finally met Charlotte. We’re in love," Clinton's tweet read, accompanied by a photo of her holding the newborn with her doting husband hovering over her.

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The birth of the baby raises the question: Will baby Charlotte be raised Jewish?

Mezvinsky is Jewish, while Chelsea was raised Methodist.

Under the traditional policy of matrilineal descent, adhered to by Orthodox and Conservative Jews, Charlotte will not be Jewish unless she undergoes a conversion, but Reform and Reconstructionist Jews will recognize the baby as a Jew if she has a Jewish upbringing.

The couple was married in a 2010 wedding ceremony officiated by both a Methodist minister and a Jewish rabbi.

According to ABC News, "Chelsea Clinton, who has an interest in interfaith studies, currently serves on a multi-faith leadership board at New York University. Charlotte could likely grow up, as they say, 'both.'"

JTA contributed to this report.

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