Parents, Children and Interfaith Relationships: Listening so they will talk. Talking so they will listen. 4 week class being taught at Gratz College in Elkins Park, PA by IFF/Philadelphia Director Rabbi Robyn Frisch. The class begins Oct. 28 & is being offered both Tuesday afternoons & Tuesday evenings.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
It’s interesting to me that the perspectives you share seem to affirm the idea that “biology is destiny” as much as they undermine them.
For example, the couples you interview talk about looking for sperm donors whose ethnic and racial background and even life experiences are similar to their own.
On the scale of nature versus nurture, prioritizing those qualities skews prettily heavily towards nature.
I think that our culture is only beginning to talk about what biological connections mean and how different it can be for different people – we’re barely coming off of ideas like the presumption of paternity for married women and the erasure of an adopted child’s entire biological story (to the extent of reissuing a birth certificate with a new *place* of birth).
Same sex families (who cannot, unlike hetero families have traditionally done, plausibly maintain the fiction that the child’s legal parents are her biological parents) are very visible symbols (and I think flashpoints) for these questions. But it’s good for everybody that they’re being addressed.
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