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.
How do we respond to the growing number of children from interfaith families in our schools? How do we support the Jewish choices made by interfaith families while nurturing the Jewish identity of all children in our classrooms? What policy and curricular issues arise as we respond to the new realities of Jewish life? This full day program will integrate interactive text study, peer discussion and strategy planning sessions with fellow clergy, educators, Jewish professionals and lay leaders collectively addressing the multiplicity of contemporary challenges faced by children, families and teachers in our schools.