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.
The Grandparents Circle Discussion Salon is a peer-led gathering, in the spirit of a reading group or bridge club, based on The Grandparents Circle curriculum. Guided by a series of discussion questions, participants can help each other feel empowered to nurture the Jewish identity in grandchildren being raised in interfaith households. By bringing these grandparents together and initiating a discussion, peers create the sense of optimism needed to improve relationships with their adult children and help their grandchildren identify with Judaism.
The Salon is free of charge and open to the public. It will be held at the home of hosts in San Francisco.