Synagogues and the Jewish Community
You're in an interfaith relationship and considering joining a synagogue, but you're not sure how you'll be treated. Many in the organized Jewish community welcome interfaith families with open arms, but many do not. Learn about the Jewish community's complicated—and often flawed—approach to intermarriage in InterfaithFamily.com's archive of articles, resources and external links.
Getting Ready for Synagogue
Going to synagogue for the first time can sometimes be a daunting experience. The architecture may be unfamiliar, the ritual items foreign and words are used in languages other than English. Knowing what to expect, in advance of your first visit, will help you feel more comfortable in this space. To that end, we have created a new video, What To Expect At A Synagogue, that takes us inside the building and into the sanctuary.
Articles on Synagogues and the Jewish Community
|1.||A New Year To Engage Interfaith Families in Jewish Life - By Edmund Case|
|2.||Adam Bronfman: The Inside Outsider - By Sue Fishkoff|
|3.||Raising Consciousness about Interfaith Issues within One Jewish Organization - By Rebecca Rolnick|
|4.||Is Judaism Necessarily Insular? - By Rabbi Rachel Barenblat|
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|1.||Jewish Intermarriage Statistics - By InterfaithFamily|
|2.||Outreach Matters - By Jane Larkin|
|3.||Economic Downturn Puts Pinch on Interfaith Outreach Efforts - By Cara Nissman|
|4.||Tearing Down A Wall And Seeing Israel - By Tasha Biron|
Synagogues and the Jewish Community Articles Archive
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Documents on Synagogues and the Jewish Community and Interfaith Families
A Common Aspiration: The Promise of Peoplehood (PDF) by Barry Shrage, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
IFF Network Blog - Our regularly updated blog regularly discusses the debate over intermarriage in the Jewish community.
Visit our partner MyJewishLearning.com for more information on the Jewish community's approach to intermarriage:
Friedland, Ronnie and Case, Edmund, ed. The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterfaithFamily.com Handbook. Jewish Lights, 2001. Read a review.
McClain, Ellen Jaffe. Embracing the Stranger. Basic Books, 1995. This book encourages the Jewish community to reach out to intermarried families.
Lois Shenker. Welcome to the Family! Opening Doors to the Jewish Experience. White Cloud Press, 2001.
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