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.
Every family has their collection of individuals, and American Jews are no different. We can boast about the innovators and humanitarians, and we can shake our heads at the gangsters and scoundrels. Helena Rubenstein and Bugsy Siegel. Isaias Hellman and Arnold Rothstein.
The stories about Jewish notables at both ends of the spectrum will give us much to talk about at the February Shabbat led by Madrikha Beverly, with musical accompaniment by soloist Janet Hammer and pianist Mark Danisovszky. An oneg refreshment will follow.