InterfaithFamily Programs for Couples

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Being part of a Jewish interfaith couple can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone. InterfaithFamily offers several in-person opportunities in local communities where partners can connect with each other and other couples, learn, laugh, and sometimes eat and drink.

Love & Religion

This 4-session workshop offers a safe environment for couples to reflect on their backgrounds, their differences and similarities and discuss their hopes, plans and dreams for the future.

Upcoming sessions:

Why participate in Love and Religion?

Couples are invited to participate if they are seriously dating, engaged or newly married and:

  • want to explore questions about their life together, including: How can we honor both of our heritages? Can we raise our children in one religion while exposing them to the other one? How will we celebrate holidays and lifecycle events? How can we talk to parents and other relatives about issues related to our interfaith relationship?
  • want to discuss and begin to make decisions about their religious/spiritual/cultural life together with support from other couples and a non-judgmental facilitator
  • want guidance from a facilitator who has experience working with interfaith couples and helping them to address actual and potential challenges particular to them
  • want to get to know and develop relationships with other interfaith couples who are thinking about similar issues

Here’s what people say about Love and Religion

  • We want to thank you so much for all of your amazing help and guidance over the last several months when we did our Love and Religion workshop. We finally just got married last week (wahoo!) and it was an incredible experience. We are grateful for everything, as we explored what Judaism has meant to our relationship, and how we are going to make a Jewish home with our own particular flavor.
  • It was great to hear peers’ perspectives and experiences regarding interfaith relationships. It was the first time we spoke to other people going through the same thing.
  • The discussions with the other couples were so productive. They made me consider issues in ways I’d never thought of before and gave my partner and me such great take-off points for more discussion later.         

Meetups

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Join us for an evening of socializing and fun, meaningful conversation.

Upcoming Sessions:

For more programs offered in our innovation hub cities of Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago, please visit their community pages.

Why come to a meetup?

  • It’s a great way to meet other interfaith/intercultural couples and make friends
  • It’s comforting and helpful to talk to other people who are in interfaith/intercultural relationships
  • We won’t tell you what you should do but we will provide a safe and comfortable space to have discussions

Here’s what people say about our meetups

  • It was absolutely a pleasure meeting you all last night! We both enjoyed the open and honest conversation very much. It’s so important to have spaces to voice questions without worry of judgement. I look forward to future gatherings!
  • We really enjoyed the latest IFF Meetup as always. I think talking about these issues strengthens our marriage as well as builds community.
  • We wanted to drop a quick note saying how much we enjoyed the discussion the other night. We’ve really come to enjoy these round table discussions as they always seem to spur great conversation!

Meetup conversation topics vary and can include:

  • What’s on Your Mind: There are blessings and challenges to being in an interfaith relationship.  While each couple is unique, it can be helpful to talk with other couples who are in a similar situation. Join with other interfaith couples to hear what’s on their minds and share what’s on yours.
  • Interfaith Weddings: What does a “Jewish interfaith wedding” look like? Discuss and learn about Jewish wedding rituals and other aspects of interfaith weddings.
  • Identity and Icons: What religious and cultural symbols and objects did you grow up with? What symbols and objects are important to you now? What do you do when a symbol or object is important to one partner but uncomfortable for the other? Join with other interfaith couples for a discussion of how we relate to religious and cultural symbols and objects.
  • The December Holidays: The December holidays can be both an exciting and challenging time. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, both, something else or nothing at all, discuss the joys and challenges that you might be facing with the December holidays.

 

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About InterfaithFamily

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 Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship will provide offerings for couples in cities nationwide. If you have suggestions, please contact network@interfaithfamily.com.