Continuing Promising News from Boston

Every ten years since 1965, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), the Boston federation, has conducted a community study. The 2005 study electrified the Jewish media with the finding that 60% of interfaith couples in Boston were raising their children as Jews. The 2015 Study, conducted by the Cohen Center and Steinhardt Institute at Brandeis, reveals a

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Are Rabbis Who Refuse To Marry Interfaith Couples Hurting Jewish Continuity?

published by The Forward and on eJewishPhilanthropy reprinted with permission The Cohen Center’s new study, Under the Chuppah: Rabbinic Officiation and Intermarriage, is a game-changer. The many rabbis who don’t officiate at weddings of interfaith couples because they think those couples won’t engage in Jewish life no longer have that leg to stand on. Addressing

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Welcome Intermarried But Maintain Norms Preferring In-marriage? A Review of the Jewish People Policy Institute’s Exploring the Jewish Spectrum in a Time of Fluid Identity

The Jewish People Policy Institute has issued a rather amazing report, Exploring the Jewish Spectrum in a Time of Fluid Identity, a project headed by Shmuel Rosner and John Ruskay. The report is based on the 2016 Jewish World Dialogue, which involved surveys and discussions in which 715 highly engaged Jewish leaders from around the

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What Happened at the Summit

November 6, 2016 I’m pleased to say that the program at the Interfaith Opportunity Summit on October 26 was very well received. InterfaithFamily has put up a Summit Resource Page with links to presentations by Alan Cooperman, Len Saxe, Yehuda Kurtzer, Wendy Rosov, Archie Gottesman, Honeymoon Israel, Congregation Rodeph Shalom and Kerry Olitzky. The plenaries

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What We Learned at the Interfaith Opportunity Summit

November 6, 2016 with Jodi Bromberg published on eJewishPhilanthropy In October 2016, an at-capacity crowd of 300-plus major foundation, federation and organization leaders gathered in Philadelphia at the Interfaith Opportunity Summit: Embracing the New Jewish Reality, the first-ever national convening on the topic of engaging interfaith families in Jewish life and community. The Summit happened

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Intermarriage in Britain: Tragedy or Opportunity?

published in eJewishPhilanthropy As a leader in efforts in the United States to engage interfaith families in Jewish life and community, and having considered trying to export those efforts to Britain, I read with great interest the recent report by David Graham of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), “Jews in couples: Marriage, intermarriage,

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The Communal Response to Intermarriage: A Time to Reflect, A Time to Resolve

published on eJewishPhilanthropy As the new year approaches, I’m cleaning out my office (I’m a replaced CEO, now a consultant after hiring a terrific successor for InterfaithFamily), sorting through twenty years’ worth of papers and repeatedly reminded that the Jewish community’s response to intermarriage has differed vastly from its response to all other issues. At

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Intermarriage Crossroads?

August 4, 2016 with Jodi Bromberg, CEO, InterfaithFamily published on eJewishPhilanthropy A significant upcoming convening may lay the groundwork for something missing from the liberal Jewish community for the past twenty-five years: concerted action by funders and community leaders to engage more interfaith families in Jewish life and community. InterfaithFamily, in partnership with the Jewish

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Naming the Issue

I believe that if engaging interfaith families is going to be a priority, it needs to be called out. It needs to be named. So I’m very attuned to omissions – when I think golden opportunities to refer to engaging interfaith families are missed. Two weeks ago Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the excellent leader of the

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