Mission and Vision

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterest

Mission

InterfaithFamily empowers people in interfaith relationships — individuals, couples, families and their children — to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, and encourages Jewish communities to welcome them.

Vision

People in interfaith relationships are welcomed and embraced by Jewish communities and contribute to Judaism’s enduring strength and continuity.

Learn more about how we make our mission and vision come to life in this video:

History

The online magazine InterfaithFamily.com was launched in November 1998 by Jewish Family & Life!, then a leading provider of Jewish media. Edmund Case became the publisher of the magazine in May 1999. In late 2001, he founded the independent non-profit InterfaithFamily.com, Inc., which acquired the URL and existing content. Since starting independent operation in January 2002, the organization has grown from an exclusively Internet content and connections resource, to providing trainings for clergy and program providers, to offering programs in local communities. Although we will always be web-based, since the August, 2012 launch of our re-designed website we are referring to the organization as “InterfaithFamily” without the “.com” because more and more of what we do involves on-the-ground programs and services.

Activities

Learning

InterfaithFamily is the leading producer of Jewish resources and content, either online or in print, that are designed for people in interfaith relationships. We deliver helpful, non-judgmental information and a warm welcome that can be accessed privately, at any time convenient to the user. Our content is organized by topics of interest to people in interfaith relationships, with well over 3,000 articles. We offer downloadable introductory booklets and Resource Guides to Jewish holidays and life-cycle ceremonies, tips, blogs (including our Wedding Blog, Parenting Blog, Food Blog and Unscripted Blog), free email series on wedding planning, parenting and holidays, and other resources. In 2001, Jewish Lights published an anthology of some of our best early content, The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An InterfaithFamily.com Handbook.

Connections

InterfaithFamily connects people in interfaith relationships with each other and with local Jewish resources. Our Jewish Clergy Officiation Referral Service is a free, high-quality service that helps over 2,000 interfaith couples a year find a rabbi or cantor to officiate or co-officiate at their weddings and other life-cycle events.

In July 2011, we launched the first pilot in our InterfaithFamily/Your Community initiative to coordinate and provide comprehensive programs and services for interfaith families in local communities. As of 2019, we have scaled back this model of seven communities to our two centers of excellence in Atlanta and Chicago, plus our affiliate in Cleveland where we offer personalized responses to officiation requests; trainings of program providers; Jewish learning experiences and community building activities among interfaith families; workshops for couples to talk about religion in their lives, and personal relationships that lead to more Jewish engagement. This year we are launching the InterfaithFamily Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship to do more of that work with couples in 11 cities (Boston, Houston, LA, Montreal, Omaha, Philadelphia, Plantation, FL, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and West Palm Beach, FL). The program will grow to many more cities over the next three years.

Looking To The Future