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How are synagogues saying “welcome” to folks who are not Jewish?

More and more Americans are "intermarried," even as the term means different things to different people. Americans are extraordinarily fluid in their religious identities. Indeed, The New York Times reported a few years ago that—according to Pew Research—an astounding 44 percent of Americans had switched from the religion of their birth. 

Not surprisingly, in such an open and exceedingly fluid environment, intermarriage is common today. Indeed in the Jewish community it is estimated that over half of all marriages taking place now are between Jews and folks who are not Jewish. How is the Jewish community responding? What is being done to ensure that synagogues are more consciously welcoming?

We’ll be looking at those questions and more at our first ever “Interfaith Forum” on Sunday, November 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Synagogue members and interested non-members are—without exception—welcome and warmly invited! 

In the meantime: A good resource for information is the Jewish Outreach Institute. A different (but sometimes overlapping) interest is addressed by The Jewish Multiracial Network. I’m proud to have written the copy for their “Because Jews Come In All Colors” poster which you can purchase online.

Rabbi Mark Sameth is the spiritual leader of Joyful Judaism: Pleasantville Community Synagogue an inclusive, progressive synagogue – with members from twenty towns, villages and cities all across Westchester and “A Hebrew School Your Kids Can Love.” Read The New York Times article. Follow Rabbi Mark on Twitter . Weekly meditation at the synagogue every Saturday morning at 9 am is open to the public; everyone – without exception - is welcome and warmly invited. OUR MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS ON. See “Top Ten Reasons to Join PCS” at www.ShalomPCS.com.

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