Congregation B'nai Chaim welcomes interfaith families!
B'nai Chaim Congregation warmly welcomes interfaith families. For many years, interfaith families have been an important component of the larger B'nai Chaim family. Whether they are attending services or any other function, they are able to mix comfortably with other interfaith couples.
Children of interfaith couples attend our Lamad Academy religious school, along with our other religious school students. They learn together, but our teachers are sensitive to the different questions they may ask. Not all students have similar Jewish experiences when they first enter the school. Through studies and integration into the curriculum, students grow closer together and become part of a warm interactive young Jewish community. They make more friends in the young and larger B'nai Chaim community.
You will find that we also offer members of our interfaith families the support and resources to create homes rich in Jewish tradition. They learn about our rituals as well as experience the warmth and feeling of a Jewish home. Learning to cook traditional Jewish recipes are taught as well as how to bake challah. In turn, these couples enhance the values of the entire congregation.
We are proud that many of the non-Jewish partners have chosen to convert by taking our conversion classes. These are not superficial studies, but rather in-depth and meaningful learning experiences. Basic Hebrew for reading the prayer books as well as torah are studied. Equally important are the student discussions that takes place. In effect, these classes are equally welcomed by Jewish and non-Jewish adult students.
Social and educational activities - Adult and family programs bring everyone closer together. Family education programs are a part of the religious school curriculum, with a recent topic being The December Dilemma, specifically addressing the challenges facing interfaith households during this time of year.