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Parenting in a Multiracial Jewish Family

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

high holy days familyOur Jewish community is increasingly multiracial, raising multiracial Jewish children is a relatively new phenomenon. Not many parents have the example of their own parents. Parents of multiracial kids have to consider:

  • What is it like growing up Jewish if you consistently told "you don’t look Jewish"
  • What comments and behaviors impact a multiracial child’s sense of their Jewishness
  • How can parents acknowledge the existence of racism and stereotyping while still supporting their child’s identity

All of us want to know: what can we, as friends, neighbors and fellow Jews, do to support and affirm the children growing up among us?

Join a panel of parents and teens from multiracial Jewish families who will address successful strategies and positive behaviors.

This program is presented in conjunction with This is Bay Area Jewry on view at Congregation Beth El from January 8 to March 31.


# Sessions
Date & time

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

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Feb 22 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Thu Beth El Dawn Kepler


Congregation Beth El

1301 Oxford Street

Berkeley, CA 94709



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.