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Raising a Child with Judaism in Your Interfaith Family

May 31, 2013

Thank you for your interest in InterfaithFamily/Chicago’s free, joyful and spiritual parenting resource called Raising a Child with Judaism in Your Interfaith Family

The topics included are:

  • Peace and reflection at bedtime: Bedtime prayer called the Shema
  • Appreciation for food: Blessing before eating called Hamotzi
  • Reflection and Rejuvenation each week: Shabbat Rest and Peace
  • Holidays: Ethics, values and activities & marking time on the Jewish calendar
  • Doing Good! Mitzvot (commandments, holy responsibilities)
  • Learning and Lessons: The Golden Rule with Modern Applications
  • God, Spirituality, Prayer! The big questions of life!
  • What’s Next: Making a spiritual plan for our home and our life


Email Jennifer at to request the essays, fun family activities and more.

If you have any questions or problems, email us at or call 312-470-6071. Thank you!



Hebrew for "brings forth" or "expels," the first unique or identifying word of the blessing over bread ("...brings forth bread from the earth"). Some say this blessing over bread, others recite it as a catch-all before a meal. Plural form of the Hebrew word "mitzvah" which means "commandment," it has two meanings. The first are the commandments given in the Torah. ("You should obey the mitzvah of honoring your parents!") The second is a good deed. ("Helping her carry her groceries home was such a mitzvah!") The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. Hebrew for "hear," the first word and name of the central Jewish prayer and statement of faith.

InterfaithFamily is the premier resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our new InterfaithFamily/Your Community initiative providing coordinated comprehensive offerings in local communities.

If you have suggestions, please contact network at interfaithfamily dot com.

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