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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, as a “faithist” couple - one that tries to connect two partners’ point’s of view, one Jewish with a belief in a higher power and the other, an atheist looking at different interpretations and connections to Jewish traditions and custom, 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 as a valuable resource.

Interested in learning more about Judaism? Take a look at Introduction to Judaism.

The Chuppah and Beyond: The Relationship Education Series for Couples in a Jewish Context

6 classes occur on Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Upcoming session to take place in spring 2016, dates to come

Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond helps participants cultivate the foundational tools for a successful life together while simultaneously building a community of peers. Emanu-El clergy co-facilitate each class along with Yael Melamed, psychotherapist and relationship expert.

Topics covered:

  • Assessing the challenges of communication
  • Develop skills for conflict resolution 
  • Financial Planning
  • Maintaining intimacy
  • Lessons from a successful marriage

$150 per congregant couple; $200 per non-congregant couple.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goldstein at (415) 751-2541 x171

We are excited to offer a brand new, optional addition to our Chuppah series on Interfaith Couples: Joining Two Traditions on Thursday, September 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Chapel. Led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Executive Director of Interfaith Family.  More details below.

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Thursday, September 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Chapel

Are you part of an interfaith or intercultural couple? With other couples and the director of InterfaithFamily, explore how to fit religion, spirituality, and heritage in your relationship. This opportunity promises to offer a supportive environment to discuss interfaith/intercultural options for your future. The discussion will focus on how you can navigate weddings, raising children, relationships with in-laws, and harmonious holidays while living with multiple identities in your home. 

Open to all engaged or newly married couples who identify as interfaith. Led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Director of InterfaithFamily/Bay Area

While this gathering is an optional add-on to The Chuppah and Beyond, couples who did not take the course are also welcome to attend.



Participating Interfaith Family Shabbat Organization




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