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Philly Mentorship FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia Mentorship Program

What does the program entail?
We suggest that mentors and mentees agree on a method and frequency of communication (email every week/talk every other week – whatever works for both couples). We recommend that you get together in person at least three times for anything ranging from meeting for coffee, a walk in the park, attending a program or service at the mentor couple’s synagogue, etc. We strongly encourage you to make one of your get-togethers a Shabbat dinner at the mentor couple’s home.

How long does the program run?
We recommend that mentor and mentee couples remain in touch for 9 months at a minimum. This will hopefully give you enough time to get to know each other well and to discuss a range of questions or concerns that come up.

Who would I be matched up with?
We will do our best to ensure that you are matched with another interfaith couple with similar interests and who lives not far from you. We will talk with both mentor and mentee couples to get to know about them before making any matches, so we can make the best matches possible.

What is expected of a mentor?
We would like mentors to be good sounding boards for mentee couples. Mentors should refer to their own experiences to provide support to mentee couples, while also understanding that others may choose a different path. We don’t expect mentors to have all of the answers but simply provide a forum to discuss any issues that might exist. Listening is the key, along with providing a supportive environment.. Rabbi Robyn Frisch, Director of InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia, will be available to answer any specific religious questions mentee couples may have, and to recommend resources when appropriate.

Who is a good mentor?
Someone able to be a good listener and sounding board, and who is comfortable sharing their experiences with another couple. Someone who can be open minded and who knows there is more than one right way to do things.

Who is a good mentee?
Anyone who has questions or seeks guidance about their interfaith relationship. A good mentee couple is a couple that would find it helpful to hear from another interfaith couple about how they made decisions, had conversations about choices with family members, etc.

When does the program begin?
Mentee couples will be paired with mentor couples on a rolling basis. After a couple approaches us to let us know that they want to be mentored, we will pair them with a mentor couple within a month.

Once mentor and mentee couples are paired will InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia remain involved?
Wendy Armon and Rabbi Robyn Frisch will always be available to provide resources and ongoing support to both mentors and mentees. Additionally, Wendy will remain in contact with mentors and mentees to check in on a periodic basis. Mentor and mentee couples will be invited to InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia events such as our Annual Reunion each May. We will also plan specific get-togethers for mentors and mentees, which may include Shabbat Dinners, a Sukkot Party, a Hanukkah Party and/or a Model Passover Seder.

How do I learn more about the program or sign up?
Contact Wendy Armon at wendya@interfaithfamily.com

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