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Double Roots: A Film and Discussion

This course was offered in Fall, 2016.

A young woman with a Jewish mother and a Christian father was raised religiously "nothing." She was told that "if the Nazis were here, they'd kill you" and that was the extent of her Jewish education. Decades later she went out to learn what others with one Jewish parent had been taught and how their lives were similar or different from her own. When asked, "Why did you make this film of interviews with adults from interfaith families she replied, "I wanted our voices to be heard."

Please join us to hear these voices as they were interviewed and to hear from some of the interviewees about their lives today.

Schedule

# Sessions
1
Date & time

Thursday, December 1
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Tuition
Free
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Dec 01 7:00 PM–9:00 PM Thu Kehilla Dawn Kepler Madeleine Adkins

Location

Kehilla Community Synagogue

1300 Grand Avenue

Piedmont, CA 94610

510-547-2424

Instructors

Madeleine Adkins

Madeleine AdkinsMadeleine Adkins is a writer, linguist, and an educator. Having one Jewish parent herself, Madeleine became interested in what the experiences were of others like her. The video interviews she recorded reflected a wide variety of experience. She edited together some of the interview footage, and "Double Roots" is the result.

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.