Morristown Jewish Center to Hold Workshops on Welcoming Interfaith Families
With the knowledge of the rise of interfaith families who seek to be affiliated with a synagogue, the Morristown Jewish Center will hold a program on May 4, 2014 to address welcoming of Interfaith Families. Also on the agenda that day will be a workshop for grandparents of children being raised by an Interfaith couple.
Interfaith couples face all of the challenges that couples typically encounter in forming a household, negotiating extended family issues and, for some, raising children. Differences in religious backgrounds frequently form another layer of complexity in household and extended family dynamics. This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity to share with other couples experiences with these issues and more. The session will also touch on ways to be more welcoming to existing Interfaith couples and prospective member couples.
Grandparents don’t have much say about what part Judaism will play in the lives of their grandchildren. In the planned interactive workshop, we will discuss how to communicate with your intermarried adult child; what you can do to transmit your Jewish heritage to your interfaith grandchild; how to respond to challenges within your extended family.
These sessions will be led by professional facilitators.
Dr. Peter Gotlieb is one of the original Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) Keruv (Welcoming of Interfaith) Consultants, and has conducted numerous Keruv workshop sessions. Taking leadership roles both at the FJMC and his own synagogue, Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston, Dr. Gotlieb is highly experienced with issues of Welcoming Interfaith families to a synagogue. In his professional life, Dr. Gotlieb has worked for the last 37 years at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City , currently serving as Associate Dean for Experiential Learning & Career Services.
Ms. Meryl Nadell a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has been working with intermarried families for over 25 years. As the director of the Intermarriage Outreach Service of Jewish Family Services of MetroWest, she pioneered a range of services for interfaith couples, parents/grandparents of inter-marrieds, conversionary couples and children of intermarriage. Ms. Nadell maintains a private practice in Scotch Plains.
This program is free and open to interested community members. Refreshments will be served. If you would like to attend, you must register with Ellen Nesson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973 285 9772.
The program will begin at 9:45 am and end at approximately 11:30 am. Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael is located at 177 Speedwell Ave. in Morristown.
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