May 18, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Edmund Case, email@example.com, (617) 581-6805
InterfaithFamily.com Announces InterfaithFamily/Chicago: A Pilot Initiative to Bring Comprehensive Programming Aimed at Engaging Interfaith Families Jewishly to Local Communities
BOSTON — May 18, 2011. InterfaithFamily.com announced today that it has secured funding to implement InterfaithFamily/Chicago, a two-year pilot initiative to coordinate and provide a comprehensive set of local programs aimed at engaging Chicago-area interfaith families Jewishly.
“The field of engaging interfaith families Jewishly requires a world class website, inclusivity training for Jewish professionals and lay leaders, and a comprehensive set of programs in local communities,” said Mamie Kanfer Stewart, Board Chair of InterfaithFamily.com. “InterfaithFamily/Chicago will build on our strengths as the central web address for people in interfaith relationships interested in Jewish life — offering extensive personal narratives, ‘how-to-do-Jewish’ resources, and a Network that connects interfaith families with each other and with local welcoming organizations, professionals and programs — as well as on our experience in inclusivity training and online workshops for interfaith couples.”
“Until now, prospective funders have not found an existing model of local programs to replicate in other communities,” said Edmund Case, CEO of InterfaithFamily.com. “When proven successful, the Chicago pilot will be replicable around North America, filling the missing link of local community programs in the interfaith engagement field.”
The pilot includes a full-time Director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago who will:
- Provide information about and connect people in interfaith relationships with Chicago Jewish resources,
- Publicize and raise awareness that the Chicago Jewish community welcomes interfaith families, and
- Provide a robust, personalized referral service for rabbinic officiation at weddings and other life cycle celebrations, help officiating clergy maintain connection with Chicago couples, and help couples maintain connection with Jewish life and community.
The pilot also includes the following offerings to be coordinated by the Director:
- Resources and trainings to ensure that interested interfaith couples are welcomed by Chicago Jewish organizations and professionals,
- Online and hybrid online/in-person workshops to help Chicago interfaith couples learn how to share religion in their lives, and
- New online and hybrid online/in-person basic Judaism classes to help Chicago interfaith couples and families learn how and why to live Jewishly.
“Collaboration is a guiding principle for all of InterfaithFamily.com’s work,” said Case. “InterfaithFamily/Chicago will supplement and help to publicize programs that are or may be provided by others, including offerings of synagogues, religious movements, and other organizations that offer programming for people in interfaith relationships.”
InterfaithFamily/Chicago’s supporters include The Crown Family, the Marcus Foundation, and the Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund. “We are deeply grateful to the foundations who see the potential of InterfaithFamily/Chicago to enrich the lives of interfaith families and whose generosity is making this important project possible,” said Kanfer Stewart.
InterfaithFamily.com empowers people in interfaith relationships — individuals, couples, families and their children — to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, and strongly encourages Jewish communities to welcome them. We are the premiere web based resource for people in interfaith relationships exploring Jewish life and the leading web based advocate for attitudes, policies and practices that engage, welcome and embrace them.
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