This Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day, a day we thank and recognize all the mothers in our lives, whether they be our own mothers or the mothers of our grandchildren. This year (and every year), the Jewish Outreach Institute would like to encourage you to take the time to honor your daughter-in-law of another religious background. Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to thank her for the hard work and dedication she has shown in raising your grandchildren to be good, ethical people.
So, this Mother’s Day, embrace the positive, and focus upon all the good she has done. Send her a message that tells her you support her. Prepare a meal for her with your grandchildren. Even though you may not see eye-to-eye on all aspects of child-rearing, you can still thank your daughter-in-law and acknowledge her efforts and accommodations. Make her know that she is appreciated. She will return the goodwill. If you are looking for any ideas to show your gratitude, this article gives some creative tips.
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky and Paul Golin of the Jewish Outreach Institute and authors of the book, Twenty Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren to Do (And Not Do) to Nurture Jewish Identity in Their Grandchildren offer their reasoning, advice, and techniques to nurture the Jewish identity in grandchildren being raised in interfaith homes.
While Shabbat comes every week, there’s no time like the present to introduce the peace and rest of Shabbat to your grandchildren. Click here to check out new resources for celebrating Shabbat with your grandchildren.
This year, Purim begins on March 19 at sundown. This holiday has enough noise and fun to engage any child, while teaching important lessons about loyalty and bravery. For more information on how to celebrate Purim, click here!
Celebrate the “Jewish Arbor Day,” which begins on January 19 at sundown, with your grandchildren. For ideas how to celebrate the holiday with your interfaith grandchildren including crafts, food and environmentalism, check out the new Grandparents Circle Tu B’Shvat resourceshere!
JOI’s Associate Executive Director Paul Golin was interviewed by Lisa Robbins of Let My People Know, a Tampa-based Internet news publication, to discuss the changing nature of “Who is a Jew” in America. Watch the interview here.
A few years ago, the Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore received a grant to start a Grandparents Circle, for people whose children were intermarried and whose grandchildren weren’t necessarily being raised Jewish…
While the secular New Year is right around the corner, the Jewish New Year of the Trees is also coming up on January 19. Learn more about how to celebrate here and check back soon for more Tu B’Shvat resources on the Grandparents Circle website!