What Emanu-El Means When Using the Term "Interfaith"
When Emanu-El says “interfaith” in the context of “interfaith couple” or “interfaith family” or “people in interfaith relationships,” we’re inclusive of both immediate and extended families – interfaith couples where one person is Jewish and one is not, couples that include converts to Judaism who still have non-Jewish relatives, people with one Jewish parent, parents of intermarried children, grandparents of children being raised by intermarried parents, etc. Interfaith families may include those who identify their family as Jewish, as more than one religion, or who are unsure of how they identify. Our goal is to meet these families where they are and facilitate deeper connection to Jewish life. In addition, we recommend interfaithfamily.com as a valuable resource.
INCLUDE (a partnership of Jewish LearningWorks and the SF-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund) is joining with Be'chol Lashon, InterfaithFamily, and Keshet on a groundbreaking series of interactive workshops on inclusion for synagogue communities. The series is called Navigating Difference, Embracing Inclusion: Opening Your Synagogue Door Even Wider, and registration is now open!
Over the course of four Sunday afternoon workshops offered at various locations throughout the Bay Area (December 8th, February 23rd, March 30th, and June 8th), participants will delve into the sometimes complicated issues that arise around inclusion, assess their own institutions' inclusivity and discover new ways of building inclusion for all into their worship, education, and community programming.
The series is designed for all synagogue leaders, including congregational rabbis, educators, teachers, board members, staff, and lay people.
For details on dates, locations, and fees, and to register online, please visit www.tinyurl.com/navigatingdifferences.