Radical Inclusion: Engaging Interfaith Families for a Thriving Jewish Future

Radical Inclusion: Engaging Interfaith Families for a Thriving Jewish Future

by Edmund Case

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ISBN-13: 9781732938809
Publisher: Center for Radically Inclusive Judaism, Inc.
Publication date: 01/02/2019
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 940,181
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Edmund Case is president of the Center for Radically Inclusive Judaism. A graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School, he practiced law for twenty-two years, then in 1999 earned a Master's Degree in Jewish Communal Service from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University. He founded and served as CEO of InterfaithFamily, which grew to become the leading non-profit working to engage interfaith families in Jewish life and community, from 2001 to 2016. Past president of Temple Shalom of Newton, Massachusetts, he served on a Reform movement regional outreach committee and a Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston task force on services to the intermarried and has written extensively on intermarriage issues. His wife Wendy converted to Judaism after they had been married for thirty years. Their two children, both intermarried, are raising their four grandchildren with Judaism.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

Part One The Intermarriage Landscape

1 Choosing Love—the Rise of Intermarriage in America

2 Choosing Tradition—the Jewish Community’s Response

3 How Many Jews Will There Be?

4 What Will Jewish Life Look Like?

5 Choosing Love and Tradition—Couple and Family Dynamics

Part Two Three Invitations to Extend to Interfaith Families

Invitation One Find Meaning and Spiritual Connection in Jewish Life

6 Jewish Traditions for a Life of Meaning

7 What about Christmas?

8 Expressing Spirituality in Jewish Settings

Invitation Two Find Belonging in Jewish Community

9 Being Jewish—Conversion

10 Doing JewishRadical Inclusion

Invitation Three Raise Children with Judaism

11 Welcoming a Baby

12 Raising Children—Jewish or Both?

Part Three Three Road Maps for Engaging Interfaith Families

Road Map One Attitudes

13 The Discouraging Attitudes That Need to Change

14 Radically Inclusive Attitudes

Road Map Two Policies

15 Radical Inclusion Starts at the Wedding

16 Status—Recognition and Ritual Participation

17 Intermarried Rabbis

18 Working with Families Doing Both

Road Map Three A Serious Campaign to Engage Interfaith Families

19 Building a Future of Programmatic Efforts

20 Model Pathways to Engagement

21 The Positive Impacts that Can Be Achieved

Conclusion Everything Follows from Attitudes

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

About the Author

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