February 9, 2016 / 30th of Shvat, 5776
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Reform Jewish Outreach Boston provides resources, programs and helpful information for interfaith couples and individuals exploring Judaism and the Jewish community.

We provide educational classes about Jewish spirituality, ethics and community designed for beginners, Jewish or not. We also offer a more in-depth class about Jewish history, traditions, holidays and life-cycle ceremonies.

Other programs specifically for interfaith couples are designed to strengthen understanding and communication about issues that are common to many interfaith relationships, such as raising children in an interfaith family, celebrating family holidays and staying close to both of the extended families. These groups are very supportive to both partners in an interfaith relationship and offer an opportunity to meet other interfaith couples and learn how they face these important, yet complex, issues.

Reform Jewish Outreach Boston is sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism and supported by Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.

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Our Events

  • Sunday, February 21 10:00am
    Sunday, February 28 5:00pm
    Newton, Newton map
    • $100.00 Couples
    Designed for interfaith couples, whether dating, engaged, married or new parents. Explore faith and family backgrounds. In a supportive group setting, interfaith couples share mutual concerns about celebrating holidays, life cycle rituals and choosing a religious identity for children. Read More
  • Thursday, March 3
    7:30pm – 9:30pm
    Temple Shir Tikvah, Winchester map
    This engaging class on Jewish spirituality, ethics and community is designed for the curious beginner. All faith backgrounds welcome. One session on Sunday morning. Read More
    Other dates for A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?:
  • Tuesday, March 8
    7:00pm – 9:30pm
    Temple Israel, Boston map
    • $250.00 Individuals
    • $350.00 Couples
    In-depth course designed for individuals and couples to explore Judaism. Interfaith couples are encouraged to enroll together. Intro provides an opportunity to learn about Jewish history, traditions, holidays and life cycle ceremonies. Learn about traditions at home and in synagogue. Read More
    Other dates for Introduction to Judaism:
  • Tuesday, April 5
    7:00pm – 8:30pm
    Temple Israel, Boston map
    • $90.00 Individuals
    • $75.00 Intro to Judaism graduates
    Learn Hebrew with master educator Debbie Betesh. Quickly review the alef-bet and move to sounding out key words, learning their meanings and significance in Jewish life. This course assumes mastery of the Hebrew alef-bet. Advance registration required. Tuesdays: April 5,12,19,26 & May 3,10, 2016 Read More
  • Wednesday, April 6
    7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Temple Sinai, Brookline map
    • $10.00 Individuals
    A crash course in everything Passover, especially for first timers and their friends. Everyone welcome. The Passover Seder is a celebration of our ongoing journey to spiritual and physical freedom, told through symbolic foods, ancient rituals, storytelling, and song. Advance registration required. Read More
  • Wednesday, May 4
    7:00pm – 8:30pm
    TEMPLE OHABEI SHALOM, Brookline map
    • $10.00 Individuals
    Explore the profound power of prayer and how music enhances the experience. Learn popular melodies. For interfaith couples, LGBTQ couples and individuals, Jews of all backgrounds, those new to Judaism, the musically-inclined and the musically-challenged. All welcome. Advance registration... Read More
  • Thursday, May 12
    7:00pm – 9:00pm
    Temple Israel, Boston map
    A Jewish wedding ceremony is imbued with rituals and symbols of deep significance. Learn about the meaning of these rituals which bind marriage partners to each other in a sacred relationship. Advance registration is required. Read More
  • Thursday, May 26
    7:00pm – 9:30pm
    Mayyim Hayyim, Newton map
    Are you considering conversion? Are you in the process of becoming Jewish? Are you newly Jewish? New Beginnings is an evening discussion group about the process of conversion to Judaism and relating to one’s family and community with a new religious identity. Advance registration is required. Read More

Our Blogs

  • As we move into the season of "December Decisions", there are many things that those in the Jewish community can do to help our Christian friends, family, neighbors and co-workers celebrate Christmas. Just as we help other celebrate their birthdays, similarly, we, as Jews, can help those we care about make their Christian holiday special and memorable. We can buy and wrap gifts for those in need, and do acts of loving-kindness, which enable those close to us to experience their holiday most meani...

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  • created at: 2012-11-26

    When I was introduced to Rachel by a mutual friend, I was told that she was my perfect match: cute, fun, and Jewish!  Well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad!  Given the topic of this blog post, I’m sure you can guess which one our friend was wrong about! Our religious differences didn’t immediately seem to be a problem, and Rachel was quick to offer to convert without really thinking about what it would mean for her. As our relationship progressed, we both realize...

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  • By Laurie Ferrell

     

    I originally took the Intro to Judaism class to learn more about my father's side of the family - the Jewish side.  Though I was exposed to church and Sunday school when I was very young (Mom was a casual Christian) I also spend time with my Jewish grand parents listening to Yiddish, lighting candles on Shabbat and knowing what a tongue and corn beef sandwich on a bulkie roll was!

    It was not until later in life, as many of us do, did I ponder "what do I actually b...
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  • For a little over a week, I’ve been asking people, on facebook and in person, what they enjoy about Rosh Hashanah. For many, it is the only time during the year where they can stop and actually take a moment to reflect on their life and think about what they want to accomplish or work on (either personally or professionally) for the coming year. For others, it marks the end of one year, and the beginning of another, kind of like the secular New Year, but with a more spiritual beginning...

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  • I'm a Jewish learning junkie. There, I said it. My husband and I have taken almost every course offered by URJ’s Reform Jewish Outreach Boston (RJOB). We started with Yours, Mine & Ours to communicate our differences and come to a conclusion about what is important for both us regarding our religious practices. Down the line we took the Taste of Judaism class, because my husband had questions about Judaism and I didn't really have the answers. And Taste was...

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    created at: 2012-03-10


    Four years ago, Josh and I met at the intern orientation for our training programs in the mental health field.  I thought he was loud and a know-it-all (truth be told, he really does know a lot!) and he thought I had pretty eyes. However, we were both in relationships and focused on our graduate programs. For a year, our working relationship developed and our friendship blossomed. Fast-forward 15 months, and we found ourselves on our first date. It was not the typica...
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  • created at: 2012-01-29Make sure you are helping your partner get what they need. This was a simple yet powerful concept my fiancé and I learned while participating in the free ‘Inside interfaith Relationships’ workshop through Reform Jewish Outreach Boston. Emily is a self-described “C and E” (Christmas and Easter) Congregationalist Protestant, I grew up Conservative Jewish but starting in college I became a “Y, C, and P” Jew (Yom Kippur, Chanukah, Passover). D...

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  • created at: 2011-12-01December is a tricky month for many interfaith couples and their families. It evokes nostalgic childhood memories and family traditions that are deeply rooted; so you’re bound to have a little conflict. To respect both sides and to minimize conflict, it’s important to discuss the December holiday plans and practices early on in your relationship.

    After about a year of dating, Matt and I decided that Thanksgiving would be spent with Matt’s family in Seattle, Was...

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  • Before we were married, my husband Matt had very little knowledge about Judaism. In fact, he made a comment once that Kosher must be the brand name of a salt. He’s a cutie. The only experiences he had were through various Shabbat dinners, Hanukah parties and Passover celebrations. He followed along with the Hebrew transliteration or sometimes sat back and observed what we were doing. Since we took Yours, Mine and Ours (YMO), a program especially for interfaith couples to discuss what they v...

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  • I love this time of year; Fall setting in, the ending of one year and the beginning of another. It never hurts to reflect on the past year and make a resolve to be the best person you can be moving forward.  Although Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have record synagogue attendances, personally, we’ve been a bit different in how we observe the High Holidays year-to-year.

    Last year we traveled to Europe for our “babymoon.” It was our last hoorah as a couple before the little ...

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