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Discussion series for Interfaith/Intercultural Couples

This course was offered in Fall, 2014.

InterfaithInterfaith couples get it – this is going to take some discussion, some compromise. But what exactly is ‘fair’? Can each of us get what we want and that will be OK for our kids? Then there’s our parents, grandparents, and siblings – how do we get them on board with our choices?

There’s a step-by-step process of breaking down the parts of this puzzle and finding out what you want and how to go about getting it. Join us! This may surprise you but it will actually be enjoyable! Groups form year round.

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.


# Sessions
Date & time

Tuesdays, October 14 - November 18 (plus one social gathering to be arranged with the group)
7:30 - 9:00 pm

$120 per couple

There is a sliding scale. Email dawn@buildingjewishbridges.org

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 14 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler
Oct 21 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler
Oct 28 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler
Nov 04 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler
Nov 11 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler
Nov 18 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Tue Lehrhaus Dawn Kepler


Lehrhaus Judaica

828 San Pablo Ave.

Suite 105

Albany, CA 94706



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.