Love and Religion

Interfaith Consultation for Jews and their Families

New Workshop! Interfaith Families: Creating New Traditions

I am excited to announce that I will be running a new workshop at Adas Israel in December 2014, “Interfaith Families: Creating New Traditions.” This workshop will be three sessions, and each session will feature discussion topics that are relevant to interfaith families. Topics will include: Gains and Losses: In every interfaith family, whether the person of another faith converts or not, there are feelings of loss related to one’s family of origin. You are raising your children different from them. On the other hand, there are gains. You are being welcomed into a new community, your spouse is appreciative for what you are doing for him or her and the children, and you are helping to bring more Jews into the world. You are carrying out one of the basic principles of Judaism, a mitzvah, and a good deed!  Awkward Situations: What do you do when you have a question and don’t know the answer? What do you do when you feel uncomfortable in a situation? e.g. you are the person of another faith and your father-in-law hands you a Tallit and suggests you might want to wear it the next time you are in synagogue.  Core values and beliefs: Why are we raising […] Read More >
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“Love, Faith, and Other Dirty Words”

I am excited to announce that the new play, “Love, Faith, and Other Dirty Words” by Kent Stephens is coming to Adas Israel Congregation, and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia next week! This exciting play focuses on topics that today’s interfaith couples face on a regular basis. I hope you will join us for this one-of-a-kind cultural exploration of this important Jewish conversation. The play, developed by the New Center for NOW in Boston, MA, with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, will be read in the Biran Beit Midrash, and I will be moderating a “talk-back” after the reading. The play is directed by Shirley Serotsky, and presented by Adas Israel Congregation, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia Cultural Arts Program, Theatre J of the Washington DCJCC, and Love and Religion-An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners. The play will be read at Adas Iseral Congregation on Tuesday, February 18th at 7:30 p.m. and at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public—Click here to register: Please reach out to me for more information about either of the play readings, or take a look at the play’s Facebook page. Read More >
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Welcoming Interfaith Families

Come and learn about the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's commitment to Interfaith Families. The agenda is exciting, the presenters have important things to say and you can participate in the dialogue. Looking forward to seeing you there! Read More >
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A Trip to Israel with Rabbi Bernstein

A Trip to Israel with Rabbi Bernstein

Rabbi Bernstein is one of the group facilitators for "Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners." She is planning to lead this exciting trip to Israel with a special focus on interfaith couples and their first experience in Israel. Read More >
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Interfaith Programs at the Washington JCC

Take a look at some of the upcoming programs at the Washington Jewish Community Center Read More >

Creating a new project with Sarah Rabin Spira, Director of Family Enrichment and Community Outreach

There is nothing that brings a bigger smile to my face than a gurgling baby. So when Sarah and her beautiful daughter came into my house a few weeks ago, I was delighted to see them both.Sarah and I were meeting to see how we could do some programming together. She is now the DCJCC’s director of community outreach to families, and she was very interested in providing more services to the interfaith families that use our JCC. Read More >
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Love and Religion in the City of Brotherly Love!

Important news about my “Love and Religion” workshop: It will be run in Philadelphia starting on April 7, 2013. There are a number of facilitators in many cities who are now conducting my workshop and helping to make sure that interfaith couples will learn how to address these important issues they are grappling with as they create a new religious life for themselves. Read More >

A Guest Letter from Rabbi Charles Feinberg

Below is a kind letter from my dear friend and colleague, Rabbi Charles Feinberg. Together, Rabbi Feinberg and I have led support groups formed of grandparents with children of interfaith marriage. Please take a look and consider our workshop! Read More >
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Her Grandfather was My Dentist!

Last night was the first session of my workshop, "Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners," at the JCC in Manhattan. This is the first time this JCC is offering the workshop and I am delighted to tell you that we had a wonderful time. Read More >
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My Jewish Interfaith Couples Workshop Launches in Manhattan

I am pleased to announce that my workshop, "Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners" will now be offered at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan! Read More >
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