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Raising A Mensch: What it Means to Raise a Jewish Child with Universal Values

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2015.

Many families decide to raise their children Jewish but for the non-Jewish parent, what does that really mean? What are the expectations of both parents? Dawn Kepler will lead a conversation about this important topic with parents. Each session we will address a Jewish value. Parents will go home with tools, ideas and thought-provoking questions ensuring both parents are on the same page.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sundays, March 29, April 19, 26, May 3
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

$25 for the public
Free for members

$9 per session drop-in (please bring cash or check)

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Mar 29 10:30 AM–12:00 PM Sun Temple Israel Dawn Kepler
Apr 19 10:30 AM–12:00 PM Sun Temple Israel Dawn Kepler
Apr 26 10:30 AM–12:00 PM Sun Temple Israel Dawn Kepler
May 03 10:30 AM–12:00 PM Sun Temple Israel Dawn Kepler


Temple Israel

3183 Mecartney Road

Alameda, CA 94502



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.