It is a rare American Jewish family that is not touched by interfaith marriage. And it is a rare Jewish community that does not contain non-Jews, even if many remain on the periphery - particularly here in New Orleans. But historically, the Jewish establishment has been reluctant to be authentically welcoming to non-Jews and to the Jews who marry them, and even sometimes to the offspring of these marriages. What is the path forward? Join Rabbi Shira Stutman to hear a little about their hopes, fears, and joy in being welcomed into the Jewish community, exactly as they are.
Rabbi Shira Stutman, Senior Rabbi at Washington, DC’s innovative Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, was named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Jewish Forward in 2013. At Sixth & I, she and her colleagues strive to create a spiritually connected, reflective, intellectually challenging and engaging Jewish community for the area’s large millennial population. When not at Sixth & I, Rabbi Stutman teaches and speaks extensively at Jewish Federations throughout North America; teaches on the faculty of the Wexner Heritage program; and is on the board of Jews United for Justice. Rabbi Stutman graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2007, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow.
This program is made possible by the Sherry & Alan Leventhal Center for Interfaith Families, an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.