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.
There may be as many as 200,000 non-Jewish mothers nationally who have agreed to raise their children Jewish within the context of skyrocketing Jewish intermarriage. Since 2002, the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) has sponsored a program called “The Mothers Circle” to provide these women with free education and support in raising a family in an unfamiliar faith. The program, which began in Atlanta and launched nationally in 2005, has rapidly expanded to nearly one hundred communities across North America, and on December 12th, 2013 at 6pm the program lands at the JCC of Greater New Haven.
Facilitator Jade Priest-Maoz is an accomplished attorney, trained life coach and mother of three and is passionate about building the Jewish community where she and her husband are raising their family. She believes the most direct way to inspire growth in the community is to strengthen Jewish homes at their core; i.e., by enriching mothers.
“We welcome you, we want you with us, we are here to help you.” Attend December 12th’s information session where you will learn more about this comfortable space for women to learn about Judaism, explore Jewish holidays and rituals, discover how to enrich their families’ Jewish experience, and deepen their connection to the religion of their husbands and children—and to do so with peers so they’re not all alone.
The Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI)—is an independent, national, trans-denominational organization reaching out to unengaged and intermarried Jewish families, and helping the organized Jewish community better welcome them in. JOI conducts research, runs programs, and serves as a national training institution and network for outreach professionals, guiding and supporting innovative outreach in communities throughout North America. For more information about JOI, contact (212) 760-1440, or Sarah Sechan at SSechan@JOI.org.