A Jewish friend was recently asked to be serve as a Godparent (Godfather) to the child of his Christian friend. I would like to know if a Jew may accept such a request and if not why not.

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    Interesting question. The reverse - a gentile serving as a sandak at a Jewish brit is not allowed. Does this particular case require the godparent(s) to be present at the Christening? Because in some cases a godparent is just a type of secondary legal guardian - which is also a question, but probably less problematic than actually attending a Christian ceremony. – Harel13 Apr 7 '20 at 6:34

Wikipedia says that the godparent

is someone who bears witness to a child's christening and later is willing to help in their catechesis (basic Christian religious education), as well as their lifelong spiritual formation.

In both religious and civil views, a godparent tends to be an individual chosen by the parents to take an interest in the child's upbringing and personal development, to offer mentorship or claim legal guardianship of the child if anything should happen to the parents.

It seems obvious to me that it is not the role of a Jewish person to instruct others in their own religion.

If the requested role is purely civil, I see no major objection. But the friend should CYLOR.

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