North Shore Temple Emanuel
a Progressive Jewish Congregation
On November 1, 2018, the Interfaith Encounter Association inaugurated its 100th dialogue group in Israel. This wasn’t headline news, but for founder and executive director Yehuda Stolov, it was another stepping stone on the path to peace.
The IEA is one of several organizations facilitating dialogue among people from all sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
(England) An exhibition about Albanian Muslims who saved Jews during the Second World War which was cancelled by an Islamic centre in Golders Green was hosted by a mosque in Ilford on Sunday.
Bashir Chaudhry, chairman of the Muslim Community Centre, said the exhibition was an “eye-opener” and he would encourage others to see it.
Six months ago, I began teaching a premarital class to intrafaith and interfaith couples being married by clergy at my synagogue. The impetus for the class was the increasing disaffiliation and disconnection of Jewish young adults from Jewish life.
Regardless of whether couples were endogamous or interfaith, we believed that marriage presented an opportunity to influence their religious engagement. We felt that this relationship stage provided us with the chance to effect faith related choices, something especially important as we sought to encourage more interfaith couples to participate in Judaism.
Recently, InterFaith Family began a wonderful parenting email series. In addition to receiving emails, you may also sign up for their private Facebook Group. It is a place where parents (and prospective parents) in interfaith families can ask questions, share resources, support one another, etc.
To sign up, visit here.
At the same time the rate of intermarriage among non-Orthodox Jews continues to rise, so does the percentage of such couples who are raising their children as Jews, according to Jewish population surveys conducted in recent years.