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Welcoming Interfaith Families

We welcome interfaith couples and families into our community and encourage their active participation in all facets of synagogue life.

Some interfaith families choose to engage in a course of study towards conversion, while others are interested in learning more about Jewish practice in order to support their family’s experience. A non-Jewish parent or partner can participate in most aspects of Jewish ritual. During a baby naming or bar or bat mitzvah, the non-Jewish parent traditionally joins their spouse and child on the bimah and is honored by the congregation. The non-Jewish parent may also deliver an English reading as part of the bar or bat mitzvah service. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in Beth El committee life and social action projects.

Raising Jewish Children

Beth El is a partner in the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Mother’s Circle program, which provides resources, support and education recognizing and assisting mothers of interfaith backgrounds who are raising Jewish children.

Grandparents Circle: How Jewish Will My Grandkids Be?

This program is designed to help Jewish grandparents of intermarried children pass their heritage on to the next generation. The series of five educational and support sessions is led by Laura Kinyon, MSW LCSW. Laura has led the highly successful Mother’s Circle program for non-Jewish women who are raising Jewish children. Grandparents Circle is presented by Beth El in conjunction with Big Tent Judaism.
Beth El Temple is a member of Big Tent Judaism (formerly known as Jewish Outreach Institute). It is a great resource, and has a wonderful website for grandparents of interfaith couples (click here).
Rabbi Rosen is very much interested in helping you feel at home in our congregation. Please call him to make an appointment: (860) 233-9696.
Tue, November 30 2021 26 Kislev 5782