Outreach at Or Chadash
At Or Chadash, the main goal of Outreach is to create an environment at all events, both religious and secular, that helps all congregants to make Jewish choices and welcomes intermarried members and families.
Outreach aims to provide a rich variety of learning experiences (workshops, discussion groups, hands-on activities) that touch the range of learning/ experiential needs of our members.
Outreach can assist members with life cycle events such as birth, death, bar/bat mitzvah by providing written information that explains the customs and rituals of life cycle events and ways in which the non-Jewish spouse can participate in these events.
We warmly welcome the non-Jewish extended family members of intermarried members and families at Or Chadash to participate in events that explain and teach about Jewish life cycle events and holidays.
We encourage those with personal issues, questions and concerns about conversion to contact Rabbi Forman.
Essays On and By Non-Jewish Partners
My Experience As A "Jewish Father" and a "Christian Man" by Doug Sumner, Temple Chai, Phoenix, Arizona
On the Occasion of My Son's Bar Mitzvah by Richard G. Galli
The Blessing of the Gerei Toshav by Rabbi David B. Cohen, February 2005
Supporting and Honoring Non Jewish Family Members
Blessing for Non-Jewish Spouses -- Yom Kippur Morning written by Rabbi Janet Marder
The Loving Stranger Who Dwells Among Us by Rabbi Karen Bender
Interfaith Family Resources
Becoming a Jew
A pamphlet that answers basic questions about conversion in an easily accessible question and answer format.
Glossary of Words and Terms for Jewish Living
Judaism is more than just a religion: it's a culture, a language, a way of life. And, integrated fully into these Jewish traditions are unique words and sayings. Though words may have different roots or origins (Hebrew, Yiddish, German), their meanings are universal throughout the Jewish community. This glossary introduces some of the more common sayings appropriate for lifestyle and holiday events.
Intermarried? Reform Judaism Welcomes You
Yours, mine, ours: Every couple begins with two individuals from different backgrounds. Interfaith couples and their families also face the special challenges posed by different religious traditions and sometimes cultures. This pamphlet answers some basic questions and suggests some additional resources.
Recommended Reading for Interfaith Families
Dealing with interfaith issues can be difficult at times. And, finding relevant information and resources to help you through the matter can also be a challenge. The following list of resources may help you to begin the journey for answers.
What's Missing from Our Congregation?... YOU!
Created to examine the value of belonging to a synagogue and to dispel myths about synagogue membership, focusing on the synagogue as a house of worship, a house of assembly, and a house of learning.
Jewish Outreach Institute
Since 1988, the Jewish Outreach Institute has been a leader in the development of Jewish community-based outreach programming. Through our national conferences, publications and informational resources, JOI has helped foster the creation of scores of Jewish outreach programs from coast to coast. Our research has garnered national attention on the opportunities for including the intermarried in the Jewish community.