Stepping Stones ... to a Jewish Me
Stepping Stones...to a Jewish Me is a program specifically
designed for unaffiliated interfaith children and their
families. This two-year program offers them the opportunity
to learn abou the Jewish part of their heirtage in an
environment that is respectful of a dual religion background.
Through a course of study that provides exposure to
basic Judaism, parents can then make informed decisions
regarding religious identity for their children.
Approximately 67% of our families continue with Jewish
education after Stepping Stones.
Stepping Stones...to a Jewish Me was developed in
Denver twelve years ago and has become a national model
for effective programming for the interfaith populations.
In the summer of 1988, Sarah, a teenager of 15 years,
attended an orientation evening for Stepping Stones.
She has come across town on the bus by herself to find
out about the program called Stepping Stones...to a
She always knew she had a Jewish mother, but she did
not have any knowledge or experiences to help her relate
to her own identity. She spoke of a void in her life,
a longing to understand what it meant to be Jewish.
Sarah made an unusual commitment for a child of her
age, to attend classes every Sunday, and to enage on
the study of something new and unknown.
In the two years Sarah spent with us, she began to
develop her elusive Jewish identity. After Stepping
Stones, she graduated from Denver's Jewish Community
High School and joined other Jewish teens on an Israeli
Sarah went off to college where she continued her
Jewish studies. Four years later, she returned to Denver
and applied to be a counselor on Denver's Israel Study
Tour. She also volunteered her time to the Stepping
Stones fundraiser. She immersed herself in a community
she could NOW comfortably call her own. After completing
her tour of Israel, Sarah now teaches in the Stepping
Too often, as professionals, we look only at number
vs. dollars expended. It is important to translate those
numbers into real lives with compelling stories.
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