Resource Center for Jewish Clergy
The Resource Center for Jewish Clergy supports rabbis and cantors looking to engage interfaith couples and families in their communities and help them make a stronger connection with Judaism. The RCJC also connects Jewish clergy who are welcoming and supportive of interfaith families with each other. The RCJC is intended for Jewish clergy of all denominations and perspectives to provide a forum for dialogue, sharing challenges and solutions in the effort to open and deepen the connection of interfaith families with Jewish life and community.
Information for Clergy and Congregations
- Promote your Congregation or Organization and its Events
We know from our user surveys that people are looking for interfaith family friendly organizations and programs.
- Publicize your interest in working with people in interfaith relationships
A professional listing will allow users who are looking for clergy in your community (including those who are not members of the Network) to find your profile and be able to contact you.
- Join our Jewish Clergy Officiation Referral Service for ALL life-cycle needs: Weddings, Conversion, Baby Naming, Counseling and Funerals
In 2010 we responded to over 1,600 requests for wedding officiants and over 160 requests to find rabbis and cantors for other life cycle celebrations. Last year we had over 415 rabbis and cantors on our national referral list. You can be on our list too!
Access our Resources for Clergy Only
Our Resource Center for Jewish Clergy (RCJC) supports rabbis and cantors from all denominations looking to engage interfaith couples and families in their communities and help them make a stronger connection with Judaism. RCJC:
- Connects Jewish clergy who are welcoming and supportive of interfaith families with each other and provides a confidential space to discuss interfaith issues;
- Provides written articles and videos written by clergy, for clergy; and
- Offers training that help clergy to work with interfaith couples and families.
Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Join and Connect on the InterfaithFamily Network
To list your congregation and its events
Determine who will be responsible for the congregation’s presence on the Network – it can be the rabbi, an administrator or someone else. That person needs to join the Network as a Member, then register the organization and create events.
- Join the InterfaithFamily Network by visiting www.interfaithfamily.com/join and confirm your email address when you receive the email confirmation. Joining the Network and confirming your email takes under 3 minutes.
- Register your organization in the Network’s Organization Directory by visiting www.interfaithfamily.com/organizations, or by clicking on the Organizations left-side navigation tab, and then clicking the Register an Organization button and filling in the form. You must be logged in to do this.
- Publicize your events by clicking on the Events left-side navigation tab, then clicking the Create Event button and filling in the form.
To list yourself as a Professional
As clergy that works with interfaith families and couples, you can update your profile so that it shows up in our Professional Directory. This will allow users who are looking for professionals in and around your area to find your profile and be able to contact you. It’s easy to do. After you have joined the Network by following the directions in step 1 above, request a professional listing by editing your profile page.
- Once you confirm your email address you will be directed to a page to edit your personal information. In the About Me portion, select Rabbi/Cantor/etc. in the Profession field and then "Yes" next to the question, "Would you like to add your listing to the Professionals directory?"
- After updating your profile, we will need you take our Jewish Clergy survey if you haven’t already. You can find the survey at www.interfaithfamily.com/clergysurvey.
Short on time? You can return to your profile at any time. To do this visit www.interfaithfamily.com, enter your username and password at the top of the screen and log in. Once you are logged in, click Edit Personal Page under the My Personal Page menu at the top left of the screen.
To be added to our Jewish Clergy Officiation Referral Service
If you officiate at any life-cycle events for interfaith couples or families and would like us to pass your name onto people looking for clergy in your area, please follow the steps above to join the Network and list yourself as a Professional. Once we receive your Jewish Clergy survey, we can add you to our referral service.
To join the Resource Center for Jewish Clergy (RCJC)
In order for us to provide you access to the RCJC private group, please follow the steps above to join the network and take our Jewish Clergy survey. Once we receive the survey, we will send you an invitation to join the RCJC private group.
Questions? For help with all of these features of the InterfaithFamily Network, please contact: email@example.com.
Publicly Available Resources
In addition to confidential "for clergy only" resources, the RCJC also offers the following resources available to the general public:
- Jewish Communal Professionals directory
- Rabbinic Officiation Referral Service - Helps interfaith couples find Jewish clergy for their weddings. To be added to our list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Articles on Rabbinic Officiation
- Sample Interfaith Ceremonies
- Resources (Print)
- Friedland, Ronnie and Edmund Case, ed. The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterfaithFamily.com Handbook. Jewish Lights, 2001. Read a review.
- Interfaith Families Making Jewish Choices. Jewish Lights, LifeLights series.
- Resources (Online)
- Chertok, Fern, Benjamin Phillips and Leonard Saxe. It's Not Just Who Stands Under the Chuppah: Intermarriage and Engagement. Steinhardt Social Research Institute, 2008.
- Dashefsky, Arnold, and Zachary Heller. Intermarriage and Jewish Journeys. National Center for Jewish Policy Studies, 2008.
- Fishbein, Rabbi Irwin H. Summary of Rabbinic Center for Research and Counseling 1995 Survey. Rabbinic Center for Research and Counseling, 1995.
- Survey of American Rabbinate. Jewish Outreach Institute, 1997.
- The 2005 Greater Boston Community Study Intermarried Families and Their Children. Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 2008.
Download the Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Join and Connect on the InterfaithFamily Network.
For help with all of these features of the InterfaithFamily.com Network, please contact: email@example.com.