Event offers support for couples of different faiths

The Jewish Interfaith Family Forum will hold an evening of open discussion addressing the needs and issues facing interfaith families



Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom is hosting an event to highlight the richness, as well as the challenges, of bringing together families from two religious backgrounds. On April 20, interfaith couples are invited for dinner and conversation by the Jewish Interfaith Family Forum (JIFF), a Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom initiative.

JIFF’s mission is to create a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community by offering a range of programs, sessions, or seminars that respond to the issues and needs of interfaith families.

After dinner, there will be a discussion focusing on cultural aspects, such as how couples (and new or future parents) can blend different family traditions and form new ones. The conversation will be facilitated by Betty Goldwarg, school counsellor and psychotherapist, and Minna Shulman, Dean of Students at Selwyn House School and moderated by Rabbi Lisa Grushcow.

Denise Grossman, President of Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, said she feels it is important for couples to understand that they aren’t the only ones who have faced these challenges.

“It’s comforting to know that others have worked through it, and hearing the exchange of how they overcame the challenges is very helpful for younger couples or expecting parents,” she said.

The event will begin with at 6:30 p.m. and takes place at 395 Elm Ave., Westmount. The event is free, but space is limited, so participants must reserve in advance.

For more information, call 514-937-3575 ext. 214 or visit templemontreal.ca

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