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Interfaith Workshop Series

JRC Adult Education Committee

Sunday, November 17, 2013; ends at 11:00 AM (CST)

Interfaith Workshop Series

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
JRC Member/Student - Choices Ended Free $0.00
JRC Member/Student - Spiritual Parenting Ended Free $0.00
JRC Member/Student - Personal Experiences Ended Free $0.00
Non-Member - Series Ended $18.00 $0.00

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Sunday Morning Interfaith Workshop Series

Join us for this three-part exploration of the changing face of the American Jewish family. These changes are part of broader changes in American Jewish life. This demographic, spiritual and denominational shifting affects all of us as Jews, not just those in interfaith relationships.

Sunday mornings, November 3, 10 and 17


JRC members and students: no charge; non-members: $18


Part 1: Choices
Jane Kaplan
November 3, 2013

The biggest choice an intermarried couple has to make is whether one religion will be dominant in their household, and if so, which one. Everything the couple does –  how they handle their wedding ceremony, the holidays they choose to celebrate, how they raise their children, and the types of relationships they have with their own parents and other family members – is influenced by this decision. 

This workshop will be an unbiased and non-judgmental forum about the issue of Jewish-Christian intermarriage.  There will be no single religious point of view that will prevail.  There will be no “right” or “wrong” answers to any questions that are raised.  Instead, both Christians and Jews will be given a chance to talk freely about how they have been handling the many aspects of intermarriage, and how they feel about the choices they have made. 

Jane Kaplan is an Emmy Award–winning producer for public television. She is the author of Interfaith Families: Personal Stories of Jewish-Christian Intermarriage, a comprehensive, unbiased, nonjudgmental account of interfaith relationships.

Part 2: Spiritual Parenting
Rabbi Ari Moffic
November 10, 2013

This class will discuss how to bring spirituality and Jewish traditions to bedtime, eating, playing and learning with our children and grandchildren in realistic and accessible ways. This will be a participatory workshop on how to pass on values we hold dear to the ones we cherish.

Ari Poster Moffic is a Rabbi and the Director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago. Rabbi Moffic is inspired and motivated by questions of identity formation, modern interpretations of culture and religion and making Jewish living accessible, relevant and meaningful.

Part 3: Personal Experiences
Rabbi Michal Woll and Jon Sweeney
November 17, 2013

Old assumptions of marrying within, as well as condemnations of “marrying out,” are fading fast. The workshop will discuss the possibility of creating lives filled with meaningful spiritual practice, values, and community that can transcend religious affliation. 

Jon Sweeney is an independent scholar who writes and re# ects on religion, culture, and spirituality. He has been frequently interviewed on network TV as an expert on current issues in the Catholic Church.

Michal Woll is the Rabbi of Ann Arbor’s Reconstructionist Congregation. She is an author, along with her husband Jon Sweeney, of Mixed-Up Love: Relationships, Family, and Religious Identity in the 21st Century.


Have questions about Interfaith Workshop Series? Contact JRC Adult Education Committee

When & Where

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
303 Dodge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

Sunday, November 17, 2013; ends at 11:00 AM (CST)

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