Congratulations on Making Interfaith Programming a Priority!

Congratulations to Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, Temple Isaiah in the East Bay, Peninsula Temple Beth El in South Bay/Peninsula, and Congregation Rodef Sholom in Marin/Sonoma for their first place finishes in the Interfaith Synagogue Program category of the Readers’ Choice Awards held by J. the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California. We at JOI applaud these and other synagogues that are working hard to reach out to interfaith families, welcome them into their communities, and provide programming and policies to meet their needs. We also thank J. the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California for recognizing the importance of interfaith programming and making it a category in their Readers’ Choice Awards.

We at JOI are pleased to be working with award winning Congregation Sherith Israel this year to offer The Mothers Circle course in San Francisco. The free course, made possible through the generosity of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, will provide education and support to mothers of other religious backgrounds raising Jewish children. As National Coordinator of The Mothers Circle, I was also pleased (but not surprised) to see another synagogue that hosts The Mothers Circle course recognized in J. the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California Readers’ Choice Awards. Congratulations to Congregation Beth Am of Los Altos Hills for their first place award for Most Innovative Synagogue Programming.

If you’re interested in bringing innovative interfaith programming to your community, we encourage you to consider The Mothers Circle. You can contact me at to find out more about how you can bring The Mothers Circle course to your area.

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