I attended the Welcoming Interfaith Families program today. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, it included speakers from a number of organizations involved in various forms of outreach to interfaith couples. There was also a break out session for the discussion of a variety of topics, as well as an opportunity for all those in attendance to ask questions and offer comments. The take away for me was that times are changing – for the better. Continue reading
What are you up to this Sunday? The Partnership for Jewish Life & Learning is holding Routes: A Day of Jewish Learning at the American University Campus in Washington, DC. The program runs from 10am to 5pm and features speakers and performers on a number of topics covered during 60 sessions.
Routes is designed to provide a “welcoming, accessible and exciting learning experience for the diverse Jewish population of Greater Washington.” For some this will be an introduction to Judaism. For others it will be a way to renew ties to Judaism or to explore new options. This year the program will include sessions on everything from managing stress and religion in the newsroom to discussions of tzedakah and the history of Jews and chocolate. Check out the schedule.
Food is available for purchase on campus, as well as at nearby restaurants. Kosher lunch boxes can be pre-ordered when you register – or – bring food from home. Yes. You can eat during sessions.
Register in advance and the cost is $18. It’s $25 at the door. High school and undergraduate students can enter FREE with a valid student ID.
See you there!
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is hosting an afternoon dedicated to exploring ways in which the Jewish community can be an inviting place for interfaith couples and families. The event will include a variety of perspectives, news of initiatives at the local and national level, and a play about interfaith couples. Dr. Erica Brown, Scholar-in-Residence at the Federation, will lead a conversation on what the Jewish community can do to welcome interfaith families. Continue reading