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.
InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia is offering a new, one-of-a-kind online work-at-your-own-pace class for interfaith parents thinking about whether and how to bring Jewish wisdom, traditions, and customs to their home, their lives, and their parenting. This class will be facilitated by Tami Astorino, M.Ed.
Raising a Child with Judaism in Your Interfaith Family is an eight-session class.
Parents will be able to login during the week and read interesting essays and/or look at slide shows that give background and literacy about the Jewish ideas involved in the lesson. Each lesson comes with "hear/read" files to help you learn how to say blessings in Hebrew, YouTube-type videos, family projects and bedtime book suggestions, personal stories written by other interfaith families who have tried these same aspects of Judaism in their lives, journaling questions, questions to discuss with your partner, shared discussions with other parents, and more.
This is a non-judgmental, supportive, and open forum for you to learn, experience, question, and share.
These eight online lessons have the ability to positively impact the rhythm of your interfaith family's life! There will be two in-person gatherings at a fun location to be determined.
The class opens on March 6th and runs through May 8th. The description lists the time as 5:00 to 5:30 but that is just a placeholder - you may click through the material at any time during the week.
Registration is $36/couple with a $20 gift card refund upon completion of the course. Registration is still open. You can register by clicking HERE