We were very excited to see our Mothers Circle program featured in today’s edition of the Wall Street Journal. Writer Julie Wiener did an excellent job conveying the amazing dedication of women of other religious backgrounds who are raising Jewish children, in spite of the challenges they face. She interviewed many of the women who have helped make the program a success, and highlighted why the program is so essential. Here’s some of what she had to say:
Today, with intermarriage increasingly pervasive in the American Jewish community, it is no longer unusual to see gentile moms coordinating the Hebrew school carpool and hosting Passover seders. In fact, the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) — a New York-based group seeking to make the Jewish community more welcoming and inclusive — estimates that there are over 200,000 households in the U.S. in which gentile mothers and Jewish fathers are raising Jewish children.
The Mothers Circle, a national program sponsored by the institute, aims to give these women the know-how and confidence to pull this off.
Piloted in Atlanta in 2002, the program has now reached 30 communities throughout the country and hundreds of mothers. Congratulations to everyone who has helped make the program what it is today. You can contact me if you are interested in learning more or finding a Mothers Circle in your community.