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.
Naomi is originally from a small town in West Virginia and the closest synagogue was 70 miles away. She went to Hebrew school weekly but her search for Jewish connection is what helped her decide to become a cantor and move to Philadelphia to attend Gratz College. She graduated in 2011 with her Masters in Cantorial Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Education.
In 2012 she was a part of the Tribe 12 Fellowship which is a five-month program based in Philadelphia that enables young, Jewish, socially-minded entrepreneurs to turn their envisioned projects into reality. She founded the business BeMitzvah’d which offers one source for all the needs of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah service. This includes Hebrew, Torah/Haftorah, learning prayers, and additional touches like musical accompaniment and inspiring the child to create a personal prayer book, plus a cantor to conduct the service. The goal of BeMitzvah’d is to make preparing for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah fun and engaging and an enjoying the entirety of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process.
In addition to BeMitzvah’d, Naomi also officiates weddings.