Our updated booklet, Weddings For The Interfaith Couple, walks you through all of the traditions for the big day, starting with two to think about in advance (choosing a wedding contract known as a ketubah and topics to consider when meeting with your wedding officiant).
Rabbi Mychal will be leading us in a discussion of interfaith relationships throughout Jewish history and the present challenges and opportunities they pose. This discussion will provide a foundation for the second part of the series in which we will explore the many realities of interfaith relationships, including challenges we have faced and our varied approaches to our own interfaith experiences.
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.
Pregnant? Know someone who is? Please help us to spread the word among expectant parents that our Jewish Birth Preparation Class will be starting on January 8, 2014. The birthing class with a Jewish twist will be held from 6-9pm on six consecutive Wednesday nights at Parents Place in Palo Alto. The cost of the class is $200 per couple. The class will cover information related to the birth process (anatomy, stages of labor, pain management, etc.) and Jewish rituals and traditions around birth and babies (planning a welcoming ceremony, choosing a name, parenting from a Jewish perspective, etc.). The class is designed to be a one-stop shop for expectant parents and can take the place of a birthing class offered by local hospitals and birthing centers. Become informed and make friends!
Here is a line up of speakers:
Stephanie Freeman, Certified Birthing from Within Instructor (Teaches at Blossom Birth, Harmony and Kaiser Santa Clara) - "Childbirth"
Rabbi Janet Marder, Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills - "Choosing a Name" and "Welcoming Ceremonies for Girls"
Rabbi David Booth, Senior Rabbi at Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto - "Parenting" and "Bedtime"
Dr. Debra Weiss-Ishai, Mohel and Board Certified Pediatrician - "Ask the Mohel"
Dr. Erica Rosen, Anesthesiologist - "Demystifying Medical Intervention"
Dr. Bruce Feldstein, Jewish Chaplain at Stanford Hospital - "When Things Don't Go as Planned"
Elizabeth Eastman, LCSW - "Partner to Parent"
Cherie Tannenbaum, Certified Lactation Consultant - "Surviving the First Week"
To register for the class please visit http://conta.cc/Hbt2bb. For more information, please contact Program Director, Jen Wolosin at email@example.com.
The Jewish Baby Network has been made possible through a grant from the SF-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund Regional Impact Initiative, awarded to Congregation Kol Emeth of Palo Alto and Congregation Beth Am of Los Altos Hills. Created in partnership by the two congregations, and serving the larger Jewish community of the Peninsula of the Bay Area, the Jewish Baby Network aims to engage expectant parents and new families in Jewish life. In addition to the Jewish Birthing Class the Jewish Baby Network also offers Shalom Baby Bags, Playgroup Meet-Ups and Special Events. For more information visit www.jewishbabynetwork.org. Jewish Baby Network. New beginnings. New connections.