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Growing Up Interfaith: First Person Stories, Current Findings, and Best Practices
Since the advent of the term “interfaith” the Jewish focus has been on the intermarried couple. Research has not explored the experiences of the children of these couples. This conference will be a forum for these previously unheard voices, discussing what parental and communal practices empowered them to feel comfortable in their own skins and safe to explore the identities they choose.
Dr. Bruce Phillips will speak about his in-progress study of adults from interfaith families.
Dr. Joel Crohn, author of Mixed Matches, will be speaking about balancing relationship and parenting responsibilities in regard to religion.
Adults who were raised in interfaith homes will share their views and opinions. Other topics include multi-cultural Jews, patrilineal Jews, and a best practice discussion for interfaith parents raising children.
1pm Keynote speaker
Dr. Bruce Phillips, Preliminary results from his current study of adults from interfaith families, Somewhere in Between
• Dr. Joel Crohn & Dawn Kepler: Balancing Your Relationship and Parenting in an interfaith family
• Rabbi Susan Leider: Patrilineal Descent & Conversion: A Conservative Rabbi’s View
• Dr. Richard Leavitt: Giving Your Child a Comfortable, Confident Identity
• Helena McMahon, LMFT & Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan: A Therapist’s View of Religious Concerns
• Rabbi David Kasher: What is a Torah Life & Do I Want That?
• Kim Carter Martinez: Taking Charge of Your Jewish Identity
4:15 Growing Up Interfaith
A panel of four adults from interfaith families articulate what worked & what hurt as well as offering suggestions to parents and institutions on how best to support them
5:20 Wine & Cheese Reception with all speakers and facilitators
Lehrhaus and Building Jewish Bridges present This is Bay Area Jewry a stunning photo exhibition showcasing the range of diversity in our Bay Area Jewish community, on view at Temple Sinai, Oakland April-June, 2016.
This event is supported by the Ingrid D. Tauber Philanthropic Fund of the JCF and the Koret Foundation.
Sunday, May 22
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Space is limited; pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
|May 22||1:00 PM–5:00 PM||Sun||Temple Sinai||Bruce A. Phillips|
2808 Summit Street
Oakland, CA 94609
Bruce A. Phillips has been among the leading researchers in the sociology of American Jewry for over three decades. He served on the National Technical Advisory Committees for the 1990 and 2000 National Jewish Population Surveys and advised the recent Pew study. He has conducted local Jewish population surveys in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Phoenix, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Houston.
His published work covers a wide variety of topics from Iranians and Israelis in the United States to Jewish suburbanization, Jewish education, the economics of Jewish life, and the Jews of Los Angeles. His current research projects include the impact of migration and community size on the Jewish affiliations of new migrants, multi-racial studies as a lens for understanding Jews of mixed parentage, applying the work of economists to understanding intermarriage, and a historical study of race and place in Los Angeles, 1920-1930.
In addition to his HUC position, he is Senior Research Fellow at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture where he is conducting research on religion in California. He is a board member of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and a member of the editorial board of Contemporary Jewry.
Cosponsored by: Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties; Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs in the Conservative/Masorti Movement; Marin JCC; Jewish Family and Community Services of the East Bay; JCC of the East Bay; Peninsula JCC; Beth Am, Los Altos; Beth David, Saratoga; Beth Sholom, San Francisco; B’nai Shalom; B’nai Tikvah; Kol Emeth; Kol Shofar; Netivot Shalom, Peninsula Sinai; Sherith Israel; Temple Beth Abraham; Temple Sinai; Congregation Emanu-el; Congregation Beth El, and Kehilla Community Synagogue.