Two Religions, One Family, A Million Questions - At Temple Emanu-El

Date: March 19, 2014Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:  Show map Temple Emanu-El
1010 University Ave
San Jose, CA 95126
Contact: Jenessa SchwartzPhone: 408.357.7411Email: jenessa@svjcc.org

$5 JCC and Temple members, $7 Non-members. You may RSVP using the links above. If you wish to pay in advance, you may call 408.357.7411 or email CJLL@svjcc.org.

Mixed Up LoveBeing BothSusan Katz Miller, author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family

Jon M Sweeny and Michal Woll, authors of Mixed up Love: Relationships, Family, and Religious Identity in the 21st Century

As interfaith marriage becomes more and more common, the Jewish community as a whole has been faced with some tough questions. Join us for an extremely interesting and timely panel discussion on this sensitive subject. Panel will include the authors of Being Both and Mixed-Up Love as well as Rabbis from our local Jewish community.

Co-sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and by InterfaithFamily. Interfaithfamily is a national nonprofit organization that supports interfaith couples and families exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. We offer educational resources, connections, and introductions to welcoming organizations, professionals, and programs in local communities.

Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family
Susan Katz Miller grew up with a Jewish father and Christian mother, and was raised in Reform Judaism. Now in an interfaith marriage herself, she is a leader in the growing movement of families electing to raise children with both religions, rather than in one religion or the other (or without religion). Miller draws on original surveys and interviews with parents, students, teachers, rabbis, and clergy, as well as on her own journey, in chronicling this grassroots movement. Being Both is a book for couples and families considering this pathway. Miller offers inspiration and reassurance for parents exploring the unique benefits and challenges of dual-faith education, and she rebuts many of the common myths about raising children with two faiths. For all sides of the discussion over dual-faith families, Being Both presents insight into why more couples are choosing to raise their children in both religions.

Susan Katz Miller is a former reporter for Newsweek and New Scientist. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Moment, as well as on National Public Radio.  A former cochair of the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington, she lives with her interfaith family outside Washington, DC.

A Catholic and Jewish Couple Take a Look at the Complexities of Relationships, Family and Religion in Mixed-Up Love
As the world gets smaller, people from different religions, cultures, and backgrounds are dating, committing to relationships, and raising children in ways unanticipated a generation or two ago. Jon Sweeney, a Catholic spiritual writer, and Michal Woll, a Jew and ordained rabbi, explore the challenges of being in a "mixed-up" relationship in their lives together as husband and wife, and as parents raising their daughter, Sima, as a Jew. In Mixed-Up Love, the couple shares their personal story and the stories of other diverse couples as they explore how interfaith relationships can affect dating, commitment, weddings, raising children, and rituals of birth, life and death. They offer constructive ways to compromise and cope, and demonstrate how to recognize and navigate the challenges and opportunities that come from having a partner or extended family of a different faith or cultural background. Mixed-Up Love provides a resource for couples looking for practical advice, inspiration, and comfort on their multi-faith journey together.

Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar, culture critic, and popular speaker with 25 years of experience in spirituality trade publishing. He is the author of The Pope Who Quit, a History Book Club selection that was recently optioned by HBO.

Michal Woll is a gifted rabbi, liturgist, pastoral counselor, physical therapist, and yogi. She is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia and has served as rabbi for numerous congregations.

Financial assistance is available to attend this program, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund. Click here to apply.

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