According to the 2000 National Jewish Population Study, about half of contemporary North American Jews today will enter into interfaith relationships and one-third of their children will be raised as Jews. The Schindler Fellows for Interfaith Certification will prepare lay leaders to create a welcoming environment that supports, educates and programs for interfaith couples and families. Now in its twelfth year, the Schindler Fellows Program for Interfaith Certification will prepare you to work in partnership with your rabbi as you explore the issues of interfaith relationships, find positive solutions to difficult challenges learn how to engage and support interfaith couples and families and encourage Jewish choices in their lives.
Youll get to study with faculty members, leading congregational rabbis and experienced program staff of the Union for Reform Judaism at HUC-JIR at HUC Cincinnati. Join us for four days of intensive study and worship, as we explore how to make this welcome an embrace.
Learn to welcome interfaith families into Jewish life by
Creating a congregational environment that is welcoming and respectful
Exploring couple and family dynamics in interfaith relationships; how decisions are made about the religion of the child and ways to support the non-Jewish parent
Identifying personal and family issues that are encountered by an interfaith couple at various points in the life cycle
Understanding group and programmatic responses to the challenges faced by interfaith couples
Understanding congregational policies and practices relating to the role of the non-Jew in the synagogue and what will work in each congregation
Building a group as a means to encourage Jewish choices in the home and family
Understanding the mitzvah of keruv (drawing near those who are far) and acquiring knowledge of the history of the Reform Movements commitment to and involvement in Outreach
Schindler Fellows for Interfaith Certification will begin Thursday, August 9 at 1 p.m. and conclude Sunday, August 12 at 1 p.m. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. For more information, contact Vicky Farhi, Lead Outreach Specialist, at 212.650.4247 or email@example.com.