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Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston (CJP), the Boston Federation, is a national pioneer in supporting and funding outreach to the intermarried. In its 1998 Strategic Plan, CJP declared: "To fulfill the Biblical imperative to welcome the stranger and newcomer, we must reinforce and increase our efforts to be open and welcoming to interfaith families, to help and support them in the hope that they will find meaning in Jewish life, choose to create Jewish families, participate in Jewish communal activities and support Jewish institutions." CJP funds each of the Greater Boston major providers of outreach programs. You can learn more about these programs by visiting here.
Major Providers of Outreach Programs and their Professionals
Reform Judaism Boston, the URJ (Reform Movement) Northeast Council offers an extensive array of programs for interfaith couples and individuals exploring Judaism including: A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?, a free, three-session class on the relevance of Judaism in today's world; Introduction to Judaism, a sixteen-week course for individuals/interfaith couples exploring Judaism or considering conversion and Yours, Mine & Ours, a discussion group for interfaith couples to strengthen their communication skills and understanding about each other's faith backgrounds. These programs are coordinated by Joyce Schwartz, Maria Benet and Dr. Paula Brody. To contact them and for more information, click here.
The Jewish Discovery Institute is offered by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (Conservative Movement) New England Region, together with the New England Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, offer the Jewish Discovery Institute, which conducts an Introduction to Judaism course, as well as educational programs for interfaith families. These programs are coordinated by Rabbi Braham David. To contact him and for more information, click here.
Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston offers the Interfaith Family Resource Center, which serves interfaith couples and their families, creating opportunities for learning and sharing about the religious, cultural, emotional and interpersonal aspects of interfaith life. JF&CS offers workshops and discussion groups, monthly support groups, counseling, consultation, resource and information services, and a speakers bureau. These programs are coordinated by Elana Kling-Perkins. To contact her and for more information, click here
The Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston The Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston welcome interfaith families. Its program, Creative Judaica Interfaith, is a series of nine events throughout the year that focus on celebrating Jewish life and values and take place around the Greater Boston area - particularly at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton, the Striar JCC in Stoughton and the MetroWest JCC in Framingham. Families with children between the ages of 4 and 8 have the opportunity to discover Judaism in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Professional educators, storytellers, artists, and/or musicians staff the events and are available to help families explore various aspects of Judaism. For more information, click here for Leventhal-Sidman and click here for Striar.
Current Programs and Events
For information on upcoming programs and events of special interest to interfaith couples and families in the Greater Boston area click on the city you are interested in: