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.
Join Karen Kushner, our Chief Education Officer, in a workshop conversation on Jewish Clergy Officiation at Interfaith Weddings for those who do, for those who don't, and those who are thinking about it.
For: Liberal Rabbis, both congregational and independent.
Goal: To learn, from each other, how we address this issue with couples and to share best practices in:
- Intake: What do we cover in our first contacts with the couple that determine our decision?
- Ceremonies: What is our role? Whose God is in attendance? What changes do we make in the liturgy?
- Continuing the relationship: What can we do for and with the couple and their families to encourage Jewish life?
Karen will bring models of liturgy and thought pieces by rabbis from around the country to share with you. Please bring your best ideas to share. (Lunch included!)