In America, much of the conversation about interfaith marriage focuses exclusively on the two people entering into the marriage. However, many interfaith families grow beyond two partners to include children. And there is a dearth of resources devoted to interfaith parenting. However, two new resources will soon fill the gap; one will be released soon, and one is in the planning stages.
JOI Executive Director Rabbi Kerry Olitzky and Associate Executive Director Paul Golin’s new book, How to Raise Jewish Children…Even When You’re Not Jewish Yourself will be on the shelves starting November 1. Kerry and Paul have more than twenty years of combined experience between them working with interfaith families and addressing their unique concerns. They hope to provide a hands-on guide that will “open up the code of Jewish living” and make partners of other backgrounds feel comfortable providing a strong Jewish identity to their children.
And we recently learned that Donna Cephas and Alicia Scotti, who have facilitated a Mothers Circle Associated Program in New York, are at the beginning stages of a project that will also spread awareness about the joys and challenges of parenting in an interfaith household.