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.
Wondering how to bring Jewish wisdom, traditions, and customs to your home, lives, and parenting? Get answers, insights, activities, and resources from our one-of-a-kind Raising a Child with Judaism in Your Interfaith Family class!
Interfaith Family Series: Raising a Child With Judaism
March 5, 12, 19, and 26; April 2 and 97 - 9 pm
Reuben Rinder Chapel
$100 per Emanu-El member family and $160 per non-member family to IFF/BA
For parents thinking about whether and how to bring Jewish wisdom, traditions, and customs to their home, lives, and parenting. InterfaithFamily’s one-of-a-kind class offers insights from Jewish tradition into major parenting situations like bedtimes and mealtimes. This in-person, 6-week class provides opportunities to meet Congregation Emanu-El rabbis, learn from both clergy and a professional facilitator brainstorm and discuss your experiences with other interfaith families.
Bedtime Rituals and Routines (Shema)
Daily Rituals, Blessings for Food
Shabbat, a Day of Rest and Separation
The Jewish (Lunar) Calendar and the Cycle of Holidays
Good Deeds: Mitzvot, Tzedek, Tzedakah, and Tikkun Olam
God and Spirituality
Mezuzah & Shehecheyanu (Putting our Learning into Practice)
Represent Emanu-El At The Interfaith Dialogue Group!
7:15 - 9:30 pm
The Pacifica Institute, 1310 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame 94010
Join our Christian and Muslim friends in a book discussion! Come with your thoughts, ideas and open minds, even if you have not read the material you are still welcome. The book will be: The Search for Truth about Islam by Ben Daniel, Christian pastor.
Please purchase the book through your local book shop or Amazon; it should cost $10-20. The type is large and the pages are small so you should be able to read the first parts within about 1.5 hours. For further questions please contact Philip Auerbach.
Tuesday, January 14: Introduction - Chapter 4
Tuesday, February 18: Chapters 5 - 7
Thursday, March 13: Chapters 8 and 9
December 8, February 23, March 30, & June 8
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.