Afternoon of Learning: Intermarriage and Jewish Engagement

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 2:00pm – 6:00pm EST


Part of the Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families matching grant initiative in honor of 2015 Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas.

How can funders, and the projects they support, create a more welcoming Jewish community?

Recent research has underlined the continued fact of intermarriage as the predominant reality among young American Jews. How can we better engage and welcome intermarried couples, families, and children? Join other funders to explore the "hows" and "whys" of welcoming intermarried families.

Over the course of the afternoon, we will learn about the field, hear presentations about current research as well as funder implications, and have time for small group conversations and networking before breaking for a holiday cocktail party. 

Discussion topics will include: practical efforts to make our communities more welcoming to intermarried families, policy changes our institutions can make, and creative strategies to engage intermarried families in the Jewish community. 



Naomi Schaefer Riley: "Challenges & Opportunities"
Author, Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America


Rabbi Rick Jacobs: "Audacious Hospitality"
President, URJ


Fern Chertok: "Millennial Children of Intermarriage"
Research Scientist, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (Brandeis)


Isabeau Lalonde: "Understanding Today's Interfaith Families"
Senior Experience Strategist at Wolff Olins

Breakout sessions led by:

  • Paul Golin (Big Tent Judaism)
  • Jodi Bromberg (InterfaithFamily)
  • April Baskin (URJ)
  • Rabbi Joy Levitt (JCC in Manhattan)
  • Isabeau Lalonde (Wolf Olins)
  • Mamie Kanfer Stewart (Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation)
  • Archie Gottesman (Co-Founder, STARCH Branding, LLC and Marketing Jewru)
  • Fern Chertok (Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis)

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