WL Keruv

Thursday, March 28, 2024    
7:30 pm EDT - 8:45 pm EDT

[This Program is scheduled on Eastern Time Zone]

Making the B’Mitzvah Rite Feel Right:
Interfaith Families Celebrate

For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

                                                                                           Isaiah 56:7

Setting out the framework for the interfaith ritual inclusion program on March 28 is our facilitator, Dr. Keren McGinity, the USCJ’s Interfaith Specialist. Dr. McGinity provided groundbreaking analyses of Jewish continuity in her 2009 book, Still Jewish: A History of Women & Intermarriage (a National Jewish Book Award Finalist), and her 2014 book, Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood. Her new book, #UsToo: How Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Women Changed Our Communities, was published in September.

Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman is the spiritual leader of Temple Israel in Portsmouth, NH, an inclusive and diverse community affiliated with USCJ. Previously, Rabba Kaya founded Rimon: Resource Center for Jewish Spirituality in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, serving as executive director and spiritual leader, and where she taught classes and offered community-wide interfaith programs. Her writings have appeared in “Studies in Judaism and Pluralism (Ben Yehudah Press).

Barbara Glickman was education director at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County in Richboro, PA, before becoming its executive director in 2022. During her years at Ohev, Barbara has worked closely with the synagogue’s Inclusion and Education Committees, as well as with other lay leaders to help shape curriculum, policies and programs. She prides herself on creating a welcoming and inclusive environment at Ohev and partnering with lay leaders and staff on experiential, intergenerational programs. Barbara is a member of Ohev’s WLCJ affiliate sisterhood.

Join us on March 28 for ways to promote inclusion of all families in the bar/bat/b’mitzvah of their children.

Return next year when the Keruv Interfaith Inclusion Committee explores ways to reach interfaith families who have not yet affiliated with your shul. Plans for Interfaith Inclusion programs in year three are to broach issues and options for bringing holiness within Conservative synagogues for interfaith marriage.

We welcome your questions: Keruv Committee Co-Chairs.

Zoom link will be sent upon registering.

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Participation in this program is a benefit of your membership. 
Ariana Burrows                          Ellie Kremer
WL Keruv Co-Chair                    WL Keruv Co-Chair