Navigating the Holidays with an Interfaith Family
Interfaith families tend to get a lot of attention in the press in December, when Chanukah and Christmas often fall close together, and in the spring, when Passover and Easter do the same. But the challenges of navigating religious life occur year-round for everyone. Here are a few links to information that may be particularly helpful to interfaith families during the fall season.
• InterfaithFamily.com has compiled all their High Holiday resources onto one helpful page. You'll find everything from lists of quick tips to an extensive Guide to the High Holidays for Interfaith Families.
• The Jewish Outreach Institute has a section of its website called "How We Celebrate," with extensive portions devoted to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Don't know Tashlich from Kaparos? Check out the concise and helpful descriptions.
• Of course, fall isn't only about the holidays. As the school year begins, many families find themselves thinking about Hebrew school for their kids. This post from the Reform movement's blog has some great advice for newly-Jewish or non-Jewish parents looking at Hebrew schools. (The post is written to the schools, but the checklist is helpful for parents—if schools are doing the things on the checklist, that's a good sign!)
• We asked some of the top thinkers in the world of interfaith families for their High Holiday Tips for Interfaith Families. Check out what they had to say. Do you have any advice to offer interfaith families at this time of year? Perhaps you've learned a thing or two through your own experiences. Please share in the comments below!
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