We welcome interfaith families!
Every interfaith family that considers becoming a member of CBB invariably asks the same important question: “Is my interfaith family going to feel welcome at CBB?” The answer is “YES!” We are here to support your involvment in the CBB community; and for young families, this includes help in raising children to be literate and knowledgable in Jewish culture and traditions.
More Frequently Asked Questions
- Does CBB have any other interfaith families?
You are in good company. About 30% of CBB member families are interfaith.
- Can a non-Jewish parent come to the Temple?
Yes. All members of CBB are welcome at any time, at any event, and are encouraged to participate.
- Do you have any way for interfaith families to meet other interfaith families?
Yes. We host interfaith events throughout the year coordinated by our Interfaith Outreach Coordinator, Ann Pieramici. Ann is a long-time member of CBB who understands, from personal experience, the special challenges faced by interfaith families. For interfaith parents with young children, Rabbi hosts an intimate dinner a few times a year focused on how to make the Shabbat practice feel open and inviting to all members of the family.
- How can I contact CBB’s Interfaith Outreach Coordinator?
Our Interfaith Outreach Coordinator, Ann Pieramici, would be happy to talk with you about your questions and situation. You can contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Is the Rabbi available if we want to talk with him?
Yes. The Rabbi is happy to talk with you anytime about any issue that comes up. Please call or email his secretary and make an appointment: Judy Goldwater at 964-7869 x 114 or JGoldwater@cbbsb.org
- Are there any books about raising interfaith children?
One good resource is Inside Intermarriage, by Jim Keen, a book about raising Jewish children written by a non-Jewish parent. Jim is a practicing Protestant and he and his wife have given serious consideration to all of the questions an interfaith couple faces when making serious decisions about their faiths and how to raise their children. Copies of this book are available in the CBB Library. You can also check out this online resource aimed at grandparents or parents with young children.