On December 7th, I was one of the 100 plus Young Jewish Leaders who took part in the PLP SkillsSummit in NYC to develop young talent so the leadership of the Jewish community can be turned over to the next generation. This conference was also designed to give young Jewish leaders the opportunity to network with each other and build partnerships which can help us transform the Jewish community for our generation. I met a lot of great people I am looking forward to seeing at the next PLP event.
Attending as a professional from InterfaithFamily.com was an amazing experience because almost everyone I spoke to told me about how they were in an interfaith relationship themselves or how an interfaith relationship effected their life. Some compared being a Jewish professional in an interfaith relationship like being “gay and in the closet.” When two people used this expression independently of each other, I was shocked, saddened and dismayed how these people who have dedicated their lives to the Jewish community did not feel like they could be themselves within their own community. But there is good news, too.
Many were fans of InterfaithFamily.com and grateful for our advocating for the inclusion of interfaith families in the Jewish community. Not everyone from an interfaith family felt that that they had to hide who they were. It seems that the next generation of Jewish leaders is creating a community which will be welcoming of interfaith families.
A great way for anyone to show your support for InterfaithFamily.com is to become a fan of InterfaithFamily on Facebook. See you there!
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