A rabbi and Jewish educator looks at successful ways to include and welcome interfaith families in Jewish days schools.
Address given at the World Union for Progressive Judaism Biennial Convention in San Francisco, 2011.
No one else is addressing the issues. Our interfaith groups are covering topics other synagogue groups are not, so in-married families also attend.
"Come to the dark side, Luke. Date a gentile." Edgy cartoonist seems a little tired of anti-intermarriage rhetoric in the Jewish community.
She had good experiences in her synagogue growing up, and she wanted to find a place just like it--one that would welcome her Catholic husband.
In New Mexico, they loved their Reform synagogue. In Richmond, they found a different kind of welcome at Chabad. Hey, whatever works!
Maybe it is not such a bad thing that my Chinese appearance means I can't so easily leave behind the fact that I was previously intermarried.
It was the congregation where she grew up, but for many reasons it stopped being a place she felt comfortable.
The plethora of interfaith couples is also a change that, in my opinion, at least, will have to be regarded as a strength for our synagogue and for our community.
Some interfaith families live too far from the closest synagogue to visit regularly, or the synagogues nearby aren't welcoming to interfaith families, or they don't meet anyone's spiritual needs. Sometimes starting your own interfaith-friendly Jewish community is the solution.