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.
Being part of an interfaith couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone. This workshop offers a safe environment to work on creating your religious lives together. You can make Jewish choices while honoring the traditions of both partners.
InterfaithFamily/Chicago is pleased to offer Love and Religion – Online, a four-session workshop facilitated by Rabbi Ari Moffic, based on Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners, created by Marion L. Usher, Ph.D.
Love and Religion – Online meets four times, three times in-person and once online via multipoint video conference. The cost is $36 per couple.
You can learn more and watch a short video about the workshop at http://www.interfaithfamily.com/loveandreligion.
Couples should participate if they are dating, engaged or newly married, exploring the issue of religion in their relationship, and:
- want to have a religious life and are unclear how to discuss this issue with each other
- want to be with other couples who are struggling with the same issues
- want answers to their questions about religious life together, including: Where can we find Jewish clergy to marry us? Can our children be Jewish if one of us is not? How can we respect both our religions if we decide to have Judaism as the “lead religion”? How can we approach our parents to help us with these dilemmas? Can our children go to Hebrew school if they are not converted at birth?