Tidewater Chavurah names panelists for program on intermarriage

by | Aug 11, 2017 | What’s Happening

Sunday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 pm
Sandler Family Campus

Panelists for the second session of Tidewater Chavurah’s two-part program on marriage between Jews and non-Jews, “Making Jewish Choices,” will explore issues arising from intermarriage such as transmission of Jewish identity and the role of extended family.

The panelists include Sharon Wasserberg, director of congregational learning at Congregation Beth El, and a longtime temple educator. She holds a master’s degree in Jewish education from American Jewish University in Los Angeles and has experience with programming for intermarried families. In addition, Danielle Benjamin of Ohef Sholom Temple will speak as a veteran of the Mothers’ Circle, a program that gives women not raised as Jews an opportunity to learn about Jewish holidays, doctrine, and practices—helping them to be informed partners in rearing their children as Jews.

The first session on Sept. 10 will present a conversation between Reconstructionist Rabbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill, rabbi of Tidewater Chavurah, and Conservative Rabbi Michael Panitz, rabbi of Temple Israel. The two rabbis will try to explain and possibly dispel some of the preconceptions intermarrying Jews and their parents often bring to the prospect or fact of intermarriage.

Each of the two sessions will offer ample time for audience members to ask questions.

“Making Jewish Choices” is made possible by a grant from the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and is presented with the assistance of Jewish Family Service. For more information, contact Rabbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill at rabbicantorejg@gmail.com or 757-464-1950.