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Policy Materials for Program Providers

Updated May 2012

Interfaith couples and adult descendents of interfaith parents or grandparents have concerns about their status in your community and will appreciate learning the boundaries you have set.

InterfaithFamily.com recommends that every synagogue clarify their limits for themselves, and create a document which explains those policies in sensitive language. We have delineated eleven areas of concern and have partnered them with sample statements from Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative congregations to help guide your policy creating process.

Our religious schools often serve as the primary entry point for interfaith families, making it important for teachers and all school staff to be aware of the experience of children whose extended family is not Jewish. InterfaithFamily.com offers recommendations for educators who want to be sensitive to the needs of these families.

  • Recommendations for Creating a Welcoming Policy Document
    Interfaith couples and adult descendents of interfaith parents or grandparents have concerns about their status in your community and will appreciate learning the boundaries you have set. InterfaithFamily.com recommends that every synagogue clarify their limits for themselves, and create a document which explains policies that impact interfaith families using sensitive language. We have delineated eleven areas of concern and have partnered them with sample statements from Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative congregations to help guide your policy creating process.
  • Recommendations for Educators
    The rapid increase in the interfaith marriage rate has gifted our community with the many children of interfaith partnerships whose parents have chosen Judaism as the family religion. This new cohort creates an additional dynamic for Jewish schools and the part-time preschool and supplementary school teachers who teach there, as more and more children attending Jewish schools talk about sharing their grandparents' and cousins' holidays and life cycle events of other religions. InterfaithFamily.com offers Sensitizing Educators and the Educator's Pledge to Interfaith Families as suggestions to make your school community more inclusive.

 

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Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple."
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