Interfaith initiative at Beth Or

With a grant from the Jewish Chautauqua Society — the interfaith project of The Men of Reform Judaism — Temple Beth Or will launch a program this month to bring interfaith families together to explore the role of Judaism in their lives.

Fusion Families is open to all interfaith families with Jewish connections in the Dayton area. Temple Beth Or interfaith couples with adult children, and interfaith newlyweds will host the get-togethers.

Temple Beth Or’s rabbi, Judy Chessin, said the congregation’s aim is to open the doors of the Jewish world to couples who have previously felt excluded.

“We hope that couples who are dating or newlywed will learn from empty nesters and longtime married couples about strategies that were successful and possible pitfalls,” Chessin said.

Sessions will be held on the second Sunday of each month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Temple Beth Or, Oct. 13 through June 8.

Among the topics planned for Fusion Families sessions are Concerns, Conflicts and Compromises in Raising Children in An Interfaith Family, The December Dilemma, We Jews and Jesus, Planning Your Interfaith Wedding Ceremony, What To Do About the Grandchildren, and When A Loved One Dies.

The cost to participate is $35 per family. For more information, call Leslie Beers at 435-3400.

– Marshall Weiss

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