A few months ago we announced that the new book “How to Raise Jewish Children Even When You’re Not Jewish Yourself,” by JOI executive director Kerry Olitzky and associate executive director Paul Golin, was available for pre-order. For those interested in browsing the book before your purchase, the publishers Torah Aura have put some sample pages online. We invite you to digitally flip through the pages and discover for yourself how the book helps to “open up the code of Jewish living” for the non-Jewish spouse in an intermarriage.
Many of the intermarried families who read the book are doing so because they recognize they are “doing something that is not easy,” write Olitzky and Golin in the book’s introduction. Not just in terms of the day-to-day practicalities of raising Jewish children, which is already a tremendous challenge for the non-Jewish parent, but also because they are trying to answer some of the most important questions in the Jewish community today: Why be Jewish, and why raise Jewish children? These are questions almost all Jews struggle with at some point in their lives – in-married or intermarried, born Jewish or a Jew by choice. Clear answers might be hard to come by, but Olitzky and Golin hope that as people read the book and learn from the experiences of others, they will “find even more reasons to feel positive about raising Jewish children.”
Written in the spirit of welcoming and inclusion, “How to Raise Jewish Children” recognizes that Jewish families of any background can raise children with a strong Jewish identity. There might be challenges along the way, but this book will help you navigate your family’s Jewish journey. We invite you to order your copy today and share this book with anyone you think could benefit from its message.
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