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Not What I Expected: Jewish Interfaith Grandparenting – Online

February 7 @ 11:00 am EST


Email Header - Not What I Expected_ Jewish Interfaith GrandparentingIs grandparenting in an interfaith family a little—or a lot—different from what you expected? Do you discover blessings alongside challenges?

This will be a safe space where you can discuss your experience of having children/grandchildren in interfaith families with Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs, an 18Doors Fellow.



Rabbi Cheryl JacobsMeet Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs

Rabbi Jacobs is the Director and co-founder of ISH, a welcoming, non-denominational spiritual service grounded in Jewish wisdom. Rabbi Jacobs creates an open dialogue with spiritual seekers everywhere and offers innovative resources to enable every individual to create the spiritual life that works best for them. A graduate of William Smith College, she received a Master’s of Divinity from Yale University and Rabbinic Ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary. A chaplain for law enforcement, Rabbi Jacobs is committed to embracing Interfaith families within Jewish life. Rabbi Jacobs is married to Rabbi Andrew Jacobs and mother to Abigail and Jonah.


Headshot of older woman with in a black suit - Dr. Ruth Nemzoff.Meet Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff is a resident scholar at The Brandeis University’s Women’s studies Research Center, with expertise on a remarkable range of topics including family dynamics, gender, women in the workplace, communication, mothering, and Jewish education. She both speaks and writes about intergenerational and interfaith relationships on many high profile platforms and is the author of two books: Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children and Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-laws into Family. Ruth also serves as a columnist for The Seesaw, a column about interfaith life in The Jewish Daily Forward. She is also the advice columnist for the Boston Jewish Journal and the Cincinnati Israelite and is a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post. Ruth had an extensive career in New Hampshire politics. Ruth joined the 18Doors Board of Directors in 2014.


18Doors believes our community is enriched by the diversity of its members. We welcome all families, and invite racially diverse and LGBTQ families to participate in our programming.national-2021-2-not-what-i-expected-jewish-interfaith-grandparenting