Interfaith Outreach Conference at Beth Am in Los Altos

The Interfaith Outreach Committee of Beth Am in Los Altos is excited to present a morning of learning and sharing about topics related to interfaith families. Beth Am clergy will be joined by Dawn Kepler, Director of Building Jewish Bridges: Embracing Interfaith Families.

Schedule of Events:
9:00 a.m.
He Said, She Said – Male and Female Roles in Interfaith Families” presented by Dawn Kepler
Dawn will speak about how male – female dynamics play out in interfaith relationships. In our culture, women, no matter what their religion, are expected to be the primary homemaker and responsible for the children. How does this dynamic play out differently if the wife/mother is the Jewish partner or the non-Jewish partner? How can both partners work together to create a loving Jewish home and family?

9:30 -10:15 a.m. and 10:20 -11:05 a.m.
Please choose one session for each time slot.

Life Cycle Events, presented by Rabbi Sarah Wolf and Dawn Kepler
Rabbi Wolf and Dawn will discuss the major milestones in the Jewish life cycle and the issues that commonly arise in interfaith families during these rites of passage. We will explore how interfaith families can navigate challenges and create joyful celebrations of these sacred moments.

Beyond the Mezuzah: Integrating Jewish Principles into Your Home and Family Life, presented by Rabbi Janet Marder
What makes a Jewish home? For interfaith families especially, this can be a difficult question to answer. Rabbi Marder will explore how parents can model and practice Jewish values in everyday interactions with children, to create a loving and spiritually nourishing Jewish home.

Sunday, March 25, 2012, 9 -11:15 a.m.

Beth Am welcomes non-members to join us this day and share experiences, ask questions and discuss common issues. See their website here.The conference is free of charge, but please RSVP to Rabbi Sarah by Thursday, March 22 at