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Expecting in the Time of COVID-19: Webinar for Pregnant Interfaith Couples

May 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


Are you in a Jewish interfaith couple and expecting a baby? B’sha’ah Tova (all in good time)! You and your partner are no doubt having daily discussions about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your preparations for your new addition. In an effort to open a dialogue between expectant couples and share important information, you are invited to join 18Doors’ Rabbis Malka Packer-Monroe and Robyn Frisch for a virtual discussion. Among other topics, we’ll discuss:

  • If we have a son, is it safe to have a bris these days, or should we circumcise him in the hospital?
  • What kind of Jewish birth ceremony can we have for our child and where can we find Jewish clergy to help us with this? Can we also have a birth ceremony from the other partner’s tradition, either combined or separately? Should we wait until it’s safe to have a ceremony with our family and friends or should we do something virtual soon after giving birth?
  • What’s it going to be like having a child and not having grandparents and other close relatives being allowed to visit?
  • What are some Jewish rituals, customs and superstitions around pregnancy and childbirth?
  • Should we be tested for Jewish genetic diseases even though we come from different ethnic backgrounds?
  • And we’ll have time to discuss what it’s like to be pregnant and giving birth at this time of the coronavirus – issues like fears about being in the hospital, limits on visitation, etc. and other issues that participants may bring up

May 7 at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EDT (4:00 -5:00 p.m. PDT)

Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the meeting.