Continuing the Jewish Tradition by Enhancing the Welcome

The demographic trends of North American Jewry make a strong case for why the Jewish community should be committed to engaging interfaith couples and families in Jewish life and community. Programmatic efforts aimed explicitly at interfaith families are showing progress and impact.

Interfaith families are showing interest in Judaism when Jewish professionals and lay leaders come to their attention, build relationships with them, and engage them in what Jewish life and community have to offer. This requires a very major effort.

And it requires adapting attitudes to be truly welcoming and embracing, with all of the challenges that entails.

Author's Note: A fuller version of this article will appear in the Journal of Jewish Communal Service's Summer/Fall 2014 issue.

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