Our updated booklet, Weddings For The Interfaith Couple, walks you through all of the traditions for the big day, starting with two to think about in advance (choosing a wedding contract known as a ketubah and topics to consider when meeting with your wedding officiant).
Rabbi Mychal will be leading us in a discussion of interfaith relationships throughout Jewish history and the present challenges and opportunities they pose. This discussion will provide a foundation for the second part of the series in which we will explore the many realities of interfaith relationships, including challenges we have faced and our varied approaches to our own interfaith experiences.
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.
Rabbi Mychal Copeland is the Director of InterfaithFamily/Bay Area. Previously, she worked in two Hillels over the past 13 years, UCLA and more recently, Stanford University.
In 1995, she earned a Masters in Theological Studies and Secondary Teaching Credential from Harvard Divinity School, and a rabbinical degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2000.
Mychal is the founder of a national Rosh Hodesh (new moon) project for teens, It’s a Girl Thing, and is a certified yoga instructor who fuses Jewish spirituality with movement in her yoga teaching. She writes a monthly Torah column for the J: Jewish News Weekly of Northern California.
She is passionate about opening the doors of Judaism wider and leading people toward a profound spiritual and religious life that embraces all of their disparate identities. She lives with her partner of 20 years in Mountain View, California, with their two sons.