Connecting Interfaith Families to Jewish Life in Greater Cleveland by providing programs and opportunities for interfaith families to experience Judaism in a variety of venues, meet other interfaith families, and to connect to other Jewish organizations that may serve their needs.
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.
Most couples will seek out a clergy connection before their marriage. For interfaith couples, the interaction with clergy before marriage is often pivotal, influencing their future connection to Judaism and the Jewish community. How can clergy turn these pre-marital counseling meetings with couples into opportunities to nurture their Jewish choices and create a Jewish home for their family?
This intensive two-day practicum will provide clergy with the tools to maximize making a meaningful connection with every couple they counsel before marriage, whether in-marrying or inter-marrying. Participants will learn how to strengthen each couple’s communication around faith issues, such as untangling the complicated threads that connect them to their family and their religious heritage. With a special emphasis on the complex needs presented by interfaith couples, the workshop will provide clergy with useful exercises designed to explore the meaning of religion in the lives of both partners and help them choose a religious identity for their future children.
The training will introduce the new CCAR publication, Strengthening Communication and Supporting Jewish Choices: Pre-Marital Counseling with Interfaith Couples, written by Dr. Paula Brody, Director, Outreach Training Institute, who will facilitate this practicum. Offered in collaboration with the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR)