New Grandparents Circle Programs!

Through the help and hard work of our excellent partner institutions, we at the Jewish Outreach Institute have brought Grandparents Circles to 49 communities across North America. Over 800 grandparents like you have completed the course and now feel empowered to nurture the Jewish identities of their grandchildren in a respectful, yet meaningful way. Today, you can find circles in Greensboro, NC, Philadelphia, PA, Miami, FL and beyond!

Nevertheless, we know that some of you may not have access to Grandparents Circle courses. There may not be a class in your neighborhood, or you may prefer to explore these sensitive topics on your own. For this reason, we have created two new Grandparents Circle programs that will help you learn the strategies offered by the Grandparents Circle course in order to share your Judaism with your grandchildren. For example, you can now explore the Grandparents Circle recommendations and techniques through a an introspective new reading guide, Grandparenting Your Interfaith Grandkids, to accompany Twenty Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren to Do (And Not Do) to Nurture Jewish Identity in Their Children by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky and Paul Golin. By signing up and working with this self-guide, you will emerge with an action plan and sense of optimism in sharing your Jewish identity with your grandchildren.

For those of you who would prefer to grapple with these topics through conversation and engagement, you now have the option to host a Grandparents Circle style get together yourself! If you know fellow grandparents who may benefit from the program, sign up to start a Grandparents Circle Discussion Salon. You can discuss techniques offered in the book, Twenty Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren to Do…together in a casual setting; it is a great evening for book clubs, Sisterhood and Brotherhood meetings, or any other casual get-togethers. In fact, it can be a reason to have a get-together in the first place!

If you are interested in either of the two new programs, just sign up on our “Join the Grandparents Circle” page here

1 Comment

  1. Congratulations to JOI for helping form so many Grandparents Circles!

    I’m hearing from more folks that grandparents will love our new Hanukkah kits from that include blessings,songs, family games, decorating ideas — PLUS a CD Tutorial that teaches the non-Jewish spouse or the Jewish parent who needs a refresher the three key Hanukkah blessings and takes away any embarrassment. They can study in the privacy of their own homes and gain confidence!

    Because I truly think this would be valuable for Grandparents Circles, I would be happy to facilitate online webinars, if JOI offers those, where we could have a discussion about the challenges of helping our grown children carry on traditions to their children.

    Comment by Ellen Zimmerman — October 28, 2011 @ 4:43 am

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