Last Labor Day, we borrowed the message of the day in order to express our appreciation to all moms raising Jewish families, especially those of other religious backgrounds who are committed to raising their children as Jews. Some people were offended. Others got the point. The message of Labor Day extends beyond its worker origins, especially for those many who simply see it as a day off of work or a final day of summer before the fall starts—back in school, back from vacations, back to full workweeks.
While we believe that there are times that we should advocate for programming specifically for interfaith families such as our Mothers Circle program, we also believe that there are times when we should lower the social visibility factor and instead take advantage of the secular calendar in order to express a message. After all, I’ll bet that there will be more people enjoying their Labor Day with family, friends and picnics, then there will be those spending the day in Jewish communal institutions, such as synagogues and Jewish Community Centers. Perhaps this Labor Day, we should take these programs of the Jewish community out to where the people are.
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