InterfaithFamily.com is offering a new, one-of-a-kind class for interfaith parents thinking about whether and how to bring Jewish wisdom, traditions and customs to their home, their lives and their parenting.
Raising a Child with Judaism in Your Interfaith Family is an eight session class. Each week of the class the material for a new session will be added. You access the material on your own time during that week, read essays (print them for later), hear/learn blessings, watch videos, get ideas for family activities, post in a journal, and more. You will be able to interact with other parents through discussion boards. You will have access to a facilitator so that you can ask questions as you go, and the facilitator will respond to your journal posts and on the discussion boards. In addition, two of the eight sessions include an in-person program with the whole family – a Friday night Shabbat dinner and experience, and a wrap-up and next-steps send-off.
Each of the eight lessons is about a major parenting situation and how Jewish teachings and traditions offer insights about how to make these times meaningful and spiritual. We will explore bedtime and food and eating rituals, marking time with meaning on a weekly and yearly basis, doing good deeds, loving learning, spirituality and personal journeys. Every aspect of this class was created with modern interfaith families in mind.
Parents will be able to log on during the week and read interesting essays and/or look at slide shows that give background and literacy about the Jewish ideas involved in the lesson. Each lesson comes with “hear/read” files to help you learn how to say blessings in Hebrew, YouTube-type videos, family projects and bedtime book suggestions, personal stories written by other interfaith families who have tried these same aspects of Judaism in their lives, journaling questions, questions to discuss with your partner, shared discussions with other parents, and more.
This is a non-judgmental, supportive and open forum for you to learn, experience, question, and share.
These eight lessons have the ability to positively impact the rhythm of your interfaith family's life!
The class opens on February 27th and runs through April 27th. The two in-person sessions are Friday, March 23rd for a late afternoon family shabbat dinner and experience and Sunday, April 22nd for an afternoon family event.
Registration is $75/couple. You can register online through February 20th.
For more information, contact Rabbi Ari Moffic at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also download the flyer for the class here.