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Discussion Series for Interfaith/Intercultural Couples

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2013.

Interfaith/Intercultural couples often face difficult questions and decisions. Make the process easier by engaging with other couples facing similar concerns. Create an outline of how to approach a conversation with your partner that is honest, caring, and supportive. This discussion series will get the conversations rolling!

Exchange ideas about such issues as:
Holiday Observances – Which holidays will be celebrated in our home?
Dealing With Our Families – How will we talk to our parents about our choices?
Raising Children – How can we make sure our child is “part” of each of us?
Spiritual Concerns – How do we satisfy our needs and recognize our partner’s?
Cultural Differences – How do communication styles and familial expectations impact our relationship?

This is one of the most meaningful and powerful things you can do for your relationship. I encourage every couple to participate in a couples group.

There is a sliding scale. No one will be turned away. Contact Dawn at dawn@buildingjewishbridges for reduced tuition.


# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesdays, February 20 - April 3
7:30 - 9:00 pm

$120 per couple
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Feb 20 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler
Feb 27 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler
Mar 06 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler
Mar 13 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler
Mar 20 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler
Mar 27 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler
Apr 03 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler


Lehrhaus Judaica

2736 Bancroft Way

Berkeley, CA 94704


There is a parking garage on Bancroft between College and Bowdich, under the tennis courts. Parking is open to the public weekdays after 5pm and Sunday mornings until 2pm for $5.


Dawn Kepler

Dawn KeplerDawn Kepler has worked in programming for interfaith families since 1990. Her programs have been offered at synagogues from all Jewish movements as well as Jewish Community Centers, agencies, and day schools. She developed Building Jewish Bridges: Embracing Interfaith Families in 1998 for Lehrhaus Judaica, in response to a request from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.

As a synagogue member, Dawn created and chaired the Outreach committee of Oakland’s Temple Sinai for fourteen years. She has chaired the Interfaith Committee of the Union for Reform Judaism, Pacific West region, has served on the Interfaith Advisory Committee for the Jewish Community Federation Endowment Fund, and on the Planning Advisory Committee of Interfaithfamily.com. She is a founding member of the Jewish Intermarriage Professionals Alliance, a national organization.

She has established, Building Jewish Bridges, a service that invites individuals and families to explore the Jewish community and to consider Jewish options. Offering workshops, ongoing couples groups, individual sessions and classes, the program reflects our richly diverse bay area community addressing the concerns of interfaith, multiracial, multiethnic and LGBT families.