When my husband read an early draft of this essay, he asked, "Why doesn't her partner have to support our daughter? After all, they agreed to raise children as Jews." What does it mean to raise a Jewish child?
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.
Before and Beyond Conversion: Personal, Family and Faith Concerns Involved in Conversion.
June 5: 9am-4:30pm, dinner & evening forum 6-8:30pm; June 6: 9am-2:30pm.
The first day of this in-depth training will feature text study on conversion and commitments made by a proselyte. A panel presentation will focus on the challenges in transition to Jewish life including such issues as telling one’s parents about the decision to convert. This day will address the role of clergy, family and community in supporting Jewish choices and nurturing new Jews through various lifecycle stages including mourning deaths of family members from other faiths. The second day will focus specifically on the vulnerable moments of becoming a Jew highlighting best practices for private and public conversion ceremonies and other conversion rituals for infants, children, teens and adults. Workshop opportunities throughout the two day training will explore inviting conversion, normalizing conversion as a Jewish life cycle ceremony and teaching conversion in our religious schools.
Offered in collaboration with Mayyim Hayyyim Community Mikveh and Education Center.
Participants traveling to Boston should contact Maria Benet for hotel and transportation information. Registration is $180 per person including all program materials, morning refreshments and lunches. The Wednesday evening dinner is optional and requires an additional fee.
June 05 2013 - June 06 2013
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Two day $95, Wed $65, Thurs $45, Optional Dinner $25