Embracing interfaith couples & families

Building Jewish Bridges

We joyously support interfaith families in our community in identifying their familial, spiritual and communal goals through workshops, social events and couples counseling.

Upcoming Programs

Join other couples like yourself who are sorting out the kind of life and home they will create. Discuss your ideas with others in a supportive and caring environment.

Let's Talk "Interfaith"

Not a "group" person? Meet with Dawn for three private 1.5 hour sessions to cover the interfaith topics that are most important to you.

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Newsletter Update

March 14, 2018

Basic Judaism – always a good idea

  (Rabbi Ruth Adar teaching Introduction to the Jewish Experience) I advocate that every interfaith couple take a class on Judaism together. To the Jewish partner I say, You need to hear what’s being taught. You won’t know it all and you probably haven’t thought about many of these subjects as an adult.  I particularly love...

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March 9, 2018

Our Diverse Jewish Families

Last week we had a powerful discussion about parenting in a multiracial Jewish family. I was struck by a young Black Jew who said he wants his white parents to talk with him about racism.  We heard about slips of the tongue, misguided statements, things that we, the white majority can learn to do better....

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February 8, 2018

Movies make learning SO EASY

Film is a great way to explore Jewish culture and tradition. It’s easy; it’s fun. The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has a WinterFest that takes place over Feb. 10 and 11. The Festival invites bay area Jewish organizations to co-present a film. They invited Building Jewish Bridges to co-present, An Act of Defiance, a...

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January 28, 2018

Growing up Jewish & Chinese in an Interfaith Family

From time to time I ask people to – in their own words – speak about how being part of an interfaith family has impacted them. This piece is by Daniel Citron, a young man who has thought deeply about his identity as a Jew. My name is Daniel Tamor Liu Citron – my name...

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"I want to personally thank you for all that you do to make people like me feel welcome at the ‘Jewish table.’ Words cannot describe what a difference it has made."

- Ilana, San Francisco

"We found your interfaith class most rewarding. It certainly can bring a couple closer together. I recommend the program to any couple. It helps keep Judaism and religion in people's lives."

- Burt, Walnut Creek

"I went to the program expecting it to be interesting and informative, but not expecting to be so personally affected by it and so deeply moved. I left with new insights not only into other people's identity issues, but also into my own issues with Jewish identity."

- Jan, Richmond

"Dawn Kepler is my go-to Jewish professional for all my interfaith questions. She is wise, experienced, and compassionate and innovative and has helped me and so many to make our Jewish communities truly welcoming and inclusive."

- Rabbi Judy Shanks, Temple Isaiah, Lafayette