Interfaith Families at TBE
At TBE, we strive to be an inclusive community, a beautiful blend of people choosing to live Jewishly in many ways. Honoring this value, we are excited to further support our families and individuals in interfaith relationships. Join our clergy and experienced Interfaith Family Facilitator, Esther Kosofsky, M.A., for these new opportunities:
Monday, December 9, 7:30 pm
On the Jewish calendar, Chanukah always falls on the 25th of Kislev which typically coincides with the end of December. This year, Chanukah begins at the end of November, creating the ‘Thanksgivukkah’ phenomenon. How will an early observance of Chanukah affect our family winter holiday celebrations and traditions?
INTERFAITH FAMILY CONVERSATIONS
Explore your choice to connect with the Jewish community as an interfaith family. We look forward to this opportunity to discuss the importance of each partner's faith background and family heritage.
This discussion group will be offered during four different times
• Sundays, January 12 and 26, 9:00-10:00am
• Sundays, January 12 and 26 11:30 am-12:30 pm
• Tuesdays, January 14 and 28, 6:00-7:00 pm
• Wednesdays, January 15 and 29 5:00-6:00 pm
Interfaith Torah Study with St. Ignatius, facilitated by Marsha Mirkin
January 11, 2014, 3:00-5:00 pm
Please join us in welcoming our St. Ignatius neighbors to an interfaith Torah study facilitated by Marsha Mirkin. We will explore the story of Hannah, whose name means Grace, from a psychological perspective. We meet Hannah as she struggles with issues that are beyond her control. What can we learn from her struggle and response to life’s challenges? How do we encounter God during our difficult times? How do Hannah and her son give us a different model of relationship than Abraham and Isaac? From Hannah, we can discover psychological ideas of longing and love, of silence and voice, and of a vision of hope and justice.
Parents of Children in Interfaith Relationships
our children mature into adults, our parenting journey takes a new turn. With
that turn we are faced with opportunities and challenges, new emotions and
uncertainties. When our child enters into a relationship with someone who is
not Jewish, those opportunities and challenges are different. Every stage of a
relationship (whether it be dating, a live-in situation, engagement, or
marriage) poses new possibilities, new situations and new choices. We worry
differently about what the future will bring - for our child, his or her
partner, the partner's family, and the couple's (future/potential) family.
group of parents have gotten together with the goal of sharing stories, raising questions, talking in
small groups, providing mutual support, and learning from one another during
this phase of our parenting. Some members of the group grew up in interfaith
families or themselves have partners from a different faith tradition, and some
have chosen Judaism as adults. Some of
the adult children have just begun dating; some are living together or engaged
to be married. Others are already
married and some are parents themselves. The group held an initial meeting in
May 2012 to introduce ourselves and tell others about their families.
Many parents at TBE have adult children in interfaith relationships - whether they be dating, engaged or married. This group offers a caring and warm environment in which to share our experiences and strengthen our relationships with our children and their partners.
Save These Dates:
All meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30–9:00 pm.
December 3, 2013, February 11, 2014, May 6, 2014
There is a small working group that meets to plan the meetings and we would love to have you work with us if you are interested. We hope you will join us, and we look forward to seeing you! Contact Marjorie Freiman.
invite to join us any interested temple members who would like to explore
questions raised when a child is in a relationship with a non-Jewish partner.
If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Freiman.