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.
The Israel Encounter is now accepting applications for their 2010 Atlanta-based interfaith couples trip to Israel! This amazing experience, which is designed specifically for interfaith couples (married or engaged) who live in Atlanta will run from April 23 - May 3, 2010, and will include guided tours and sight-seeing, fun, and learning about many aspects of Israel and Jewish identity. The Marcus Foundation has authorized us to offer the Israel Encounter trip for the unbelievable price of $2,500 per couple! This includes round-trip airfare (Delta group flight from Atlanta to Tel Aviv and back), all guided tours; hotel accommodations; two meals per day; and transportation while in Israel. They will be using the same excellent guide as last year.
The purpose of the trip is to encourage and motivate interfaith couples to raise their children Jewishly. There is no expectation (nor pressure) for the non-Jewish partner/spouse to convert to Judaism.
Go to their website at www.theisraelencounter.org for more information, to see pictures from last year's trip, and to complete an application. Mitch Cohen and Steve Chervin will be leading the trip, which is being limited to the first 16 qualified couples who apply. The application deadline is December 31, 2009, but if you are interested, don't wait because they expect to fill all of their slots quickly