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Couples & Conversation: Parenting Edition (Boston) – In-Person & Online

July 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT


Couples and Conversation – Parenting Edition: Building a Life Together as an Interfaith* Family

*Intercultural, Dual-faith, Mixed Heritage, Jew-ish . . .

Being part of an interfaith/Jew-ish/multi-faith/however-you-define-yourself couple and raising a family can be challenging, but you don’t need to find the answers alone. This workshop offers a safe environment to work on creating religious/cultural lives for yourselves and your children. It is intended for couples who are expecting and those with children under the age of six.

“Couples and Conversation: Parenting Edition” will meet online on Thursdays, July 21, 28, and August 4 from 8:00-9:30 PM ET. The fourth and final session will take place in-person on Sunday, August 7, from 4:00-5:30 PM in Melrose, MA (exact location provided upon registration). Babysitting will be available. The workshop will be facilitated by Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal, 18Doors Rukin Rabbinic Fellow. The workshop is $54/couple and registration is required.

Boston-based couples are invited to participate if they are expecting and/or have children under the age of six, and they are exploring the issue of religion/culture in their family, and:

  • want to explore questions about their their family life, including: How can we honor both of our heritages? Can we raise our children in one religion while exposing them to the other one? How will we celebrate holidays and lifecycle events? How can we talk to parents and other relatives about issues related to our interfaith relationship?
  • want to discuss and begin – or continue – to make decisions about their religious/spiritual/cultural life together with support from other couples and a non-judgmental facilitator
  • want guidance from a facilitator who has experience working with interfaith couples and families and helping them to address actual and potential challenges particular to them
  • want to get to know and develop relationships with other interfaith couples who are thinking about similar issues

For more information, email rabbijessica@18doors.org.



Rabbi Jessica LowenthalMeet Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal

Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal is the Rabbi and education director at Temple Beth Shalom in Melrose, MA. She works with a diverse array of people, both Jewish and Jewish adjacent, to create meaningful and fulfilling rituals and foster a loving and open community. A teacher at heart, Rabbi Jessica is passionate about helping each individual find their own pathway into Judaism. She is particularly excited to be a Rukin Fellow and embrace families of all background who want to bring Judaism into their lives.

18Doors believes our community is enriched by the diversity of its members. We welcome everyone, and invite racially diverse and LGBTQ individuals to participate in our programming. All of our virtual programs offer automated closed captioning. If you need additional captioning support, or any other accommodations to fully participate in a program, please let us know on your registration form.


July 17
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
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Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal