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Looking for more meaning and calm in your parenting? Bring the wisdom and traditions of Judaism into your home. We have opportunities to connect online and in person.

FOR PARENTS IN INTERFAITH FAMILIES WHO WANT TO EXPLORE BRINGING JEWISH TRADITIONS INTO THEIR FAMILY LIFE:

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FOR INTERFAITH PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN: Would you and your partner like to connect with another interfaith couple who is further along in their relationship and parenting? Do you want to be able to ask questions, swap stories, and explore different possibilities for dealing with the issues that come up with another couple who has a similar background or interests as you? Then InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia’s Mentorship Program is for you! Mentor and mentee couples can set their own parameters for how often you will meet or talk, and we’ll support you along the way. Read our FAQs to learn more about the Mentorship Program. If you have questions or you are interested in being paired with a mentor couple, contact Wendy Armon at wendya@interfaithfamily.com.

“Raising A Child With Judaism In Your Interfaith Family”

FREE EMAIL SERIES: You will receive eight emails over four weeks (emails are sent Mondays and Thursdays) about how to bring spirituality and traditions to your parenting in realistic and meaningful ways. The emails will share content ideas; video links; questions to discuss with your partner; ideas for family projects; personal stories written by other interfaith families who have brought these same aspects of Judaism into their lives; and book suggestions around sleeping, eating, playing, praying and more. This email series is great for all parents in Jewish interfaith families, whether or not they grew up Jewish. The email series will be sent four times a year, beginning the first Monday of January, April, July and October. You may register for a given series up until the day before it begins. Registration is always open…so register now and you’ll start getting the emails in your inbox as soon as the next series begin.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR EMAIL SERIES

SIX WEEK ONLINE CLASS: Do you want to get more out of the “Raising A Child With Judaism In Your Interfaith Family” curriculum? Sign up for our next six week online class. You’ll get all of the materials from the email series plus the opportunity for discussion with other parents on an online Discussion Board, as well access to the class facilitator, Tami Astorino, M.Ed., who facilitates the online discussion and is available to read Personal Online Journals for participants who wish to keep them. For more information about this online class, email Philadelphia@interfaithfamily.com.

FREE BAR/BAT MITZVAH EMAIL SERIES: This email series is recommended for parents of children ages 10-13. It is specifically written for a partner who is new to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process. You will receive eight emails over four weeks (emails are sent on Mondays and Thursdays) about the flow and meaning of the Friday night and Saturday morning services, the history of Bar and Bat Mitzvah, how to involve extended family, the deeper meaning of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah and more. The email series will be sent four times a year, beginning the first Monday of January, April, July and October. You may register for a given series up until the day before it begins. Registration is always open… so register now and you’ll start getting the emails in your inbox as soon as the next series begins.

Click here to learn more and to register for the next series.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS:

Challah and Conversation
Join us to make and knead our own dough, and while it’s rising so we can braid it, we’ll talk about Shabbat rituals and customs, and how you can make Shabbat fun and meaningful for your family. Best of all, you’ll have a delicious challah to take home and bake for Friday night dinner!

Good Night, Sleep Tight
Did you know that the number one conversation all parents have is: “How can I get my kids to sleep better?” This workshop presents general tips on getting your children to sleep as well as Jewish bedtime rituals.

Mindful Mouthfuls
Do you want to help you children establish healthy and positive eating behaviors that will last a lifetime? This workshop helps parents learn ways to get their children to eat more mindfully and discusses mindful eating through a Jewish lens.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Email Series
This free email series is specifically written for a partner who is new to this process. The emails cover the flow and meaning of the Friday night and Saturday morning services, the history of Bar and Bat mitzvah, how to involve extended family, the deeper meaning of the Bar and Bat mitzvah and more.

Shabbat Dinners for Interfaith Families
Let us know if you’re interested in joining us for a Shabbat dinner with other interfaith families hosted by InterfaithFamily.

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, contact us at Philadelphia@interfaithfamily.com.

JEWISH CAMPS:
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SENDING YOUR CHILD(REN) TO A JEWISH DAY OR OVERNIGHT CAMP? CHECK OUT THESE PHILADELPHIA AREA CAMPS, WHICH WELCOME CHILDREN FROM INTERFAITH FAMILIES:

Overnight Camps:
*** Your first-time overnight camper may be eligible for a One Happy Camper grant of up to $1000! Learn more at onehappycamper.org.
Camp Galil (Ottsville, PA)
Camp Harlam (Kunkletown, PA)
Camp JRF (South Sterling, PA)
Golden Slipper Camp (Stroudsburg, PA)
Pinemere Camp (Stroudsburg, PA)

Day Camps:
Camp KEF (day camp & early childhood – Wynnewood, PA)
Harlam Day Camp (Bryn Mawr, PA)
JCC Camps at Medford (Medford, NJ)
Ramah Day Camp (Elkins Park, PA)

Preschool/Early Childhood Education Camps:
Camp Kitov (Elkins Park, PA)
Camp Kol Emet (Yardley, PA)
Camp TBI (Blue Bell, PA)
Or Ami Day Camp (Lafayette Hill, PA)

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Hebrew for "daughter of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish girls come of age at 12 or 13. When a girl comes of age, she is officially a bat mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bat mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The male equivalent is "bar mitzvah." A bread that comes in a few different varieties; its most common variation is a braided egg bread, though there are water challahs that don't have eggs, and there are whole-wheat challahs which sometimes also don't have eggs. It is customary to being Sabbath and holiday meals by saying blessings and eating challah. The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday.
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