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Do You Have One Jewish Parent?

This course was offered in Fall, 2015.

InterfaithDo you see yourself as Jewish, half-Jewish, part Jewish, Jew-ish? Were you raised as a Jew, a Christian, a Hindu, some of this and that? We are looking for people who have one Jewish parent and would like to talk about their experience, share their stories, their questions, their wisdom. What was good? What was not so good? Will you try to duplicate your parents’ path? What would you like to ask of or tell to the “organized” Jewish community? We will come together to discuss our shared experiences as well as our differences—what we want from life now and how we are going about making that happen.


# Sessions
Date & time

Thursday, October 22
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 22 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Temple Sinai Dawn Kepler Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin


Temple Sinai

2808 Summit Street

Oakland, CA 94609



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.

Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin

Rabbi Mates-MuchinRabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin joined the Temple Sinai community in 2005. She takes particular pride in Sinai's dedication to learning, inclusivity and social justice and feels blessed to be a part of such a dynamic and warm community. Rabbi Mates-Muchin has been active in the leadership of East Bay Jewish life, currently serving as the president of the East Bay Council of Rabbis. She strongly believes in the importance of supporting and serving our greater community as well and works with the Oakland Fire Department as a volunteer chaplain amongst other civic and interfaith involvement. Rabbi Mates-Muchin is a native of San Francisco. She lives in Oakland with her spouse, Jonathan, and their four children.