Intermarriage: Outreach and Welcome - a Candid Conversation at GHC on Monday April 22

Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 By: Suzanne Newman

Intermarriage: Outreach and Welcome - a Candid Conversation, led by Rabbi Barry A. Kenter, to be held on Monday, April 22 at 8:00 pm at Greenburgh Hebrew Center in Dobbs Ferry, NY. This event is free and open to the public.

When a Jew falls in love with a non-Jew there are questions to be answered - about the relationship, the wedding, traditions. Attitudes have changed and the answers may differ. Families, like synagogue communities, need to learn how to make Judaism embracing for emerging generations. Each family, each synagogue, has its unique culture, and needs to develop its own strategy or strategies. This frank, respectful discussion will include strategies for keeping intermarried couples connected with the Jewish community for families and synagogue leaders. Coffee, tea and pareve refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited.

Rabbi Barry A. Kenter has been on the forefront of conversations about Keruv, Jewish outreach striving to more fully understand the impact intermarriage and changing attitudes toward marginalized populations are having on the Jewish community.  He helped to enable the publication of “Intermarriage: Concepts and Strategies for Families and Synagogue Leaders,” a project of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. The discussion about intermarriage and marginalized populations continues to engage him and his rabbinate, as he participates in serious discussions taking place within the Rabbinical Assembly about how respectfully to engage those who have been on the margins, remaining faithful to Jewish law, and making every effort to bring folk from the margins to the center of Jewish life.

Sisterhood GHC, provides support to the entire Greenburgh Hebrew Center family and other worthy causes. With approximately 180 members, Sisterhood presents Brunches, Mah Jongg games and other activities, with a special emphasis on the Women of GHC. It is a participating member of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. The Greenburgh Hebrew Center is a Conservative egalitarian congregation with over 300 member families, serving the Rivertowns, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, White Plains, New Rochelle and Yonkers. It is located at 515 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry.

For more information and reservations, visit www.g-h-c.org/intermarriage, call the Greenburgh Hebrew Center at (914) 693-4260 or email sisterhood@g-h-c.org.