Intermarried Families

Keruv \ kay-roov, noun from Hebrew karev, meaning “bring closer”: refers to a process of synagogue outreach to those on the periphery of Jewish life, making the spiritual treasures of Judaism more accessible by cultivating a welcoming posture and offering opportunities for spiritual growth and connection.

STATEMENT ON KERUV (OUTREACH)

The Jacksonville Jewish Center, as a vibrant Conservative congregation, is committed to welcoming intermarried families, and invites both Jewish and non-Jewish family members to make our community a part of their own spiritual journeys. We seek to strengthen their connections to our synagogue, the larger Jewish community, and the Jewish people. We joyously partner with all who join us in creating homes rich in Jewish tradition, and for those families blessed with children, raising them as committed Jews.

OUR PLEDGE TO INTERMARRIED FAMILIES:

We know that in our day and age many Jews belong to an interfaith family.  You may have a spouse, parent, child, grandchild, or other relative who isn’t Jewish.  Our goal is to embrace all the members of our congregational family, whether Jewish by birth, by choice, or not Jewish.  We are blessed by a growing number of interfaith families, and are thankful that they and their children have chosen to make the Jacksonville Jewish Center their spiritual home.

We sometimes hear that interfaith families are unsure whether or not Conservative synagogues truly welcome them.  We offer the same answer to all our members, in-married or intermarried, single or divorced, straight or gay: the more you participate, the more you will feel like you belong; the more you come, the more you will find fellowship with a diverse group of people who are alike and different.   Our goal isn’t to judge people for who they are, but to help them engage more meaningfully with the rich beauty of Jewish tradition.

Accordingly, at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, we emphasize the myriad do’s which apply to our interfaith families:

  • Do join us for services and programs.
  • Do celebrate the rhythm of sacred time with our community.
  • Do give your kids a strong Jewish education.
  • Do get involved as a family as volunteers and participants in a variety of activities.
  • Do know that our clergy are here to support and connect with all your family members.

If you have specific outreach questions or would just like to explore the ways in which the Jacksonville Jewish Center can be a part of your spiritual journey, please e-mail Rabbi Lubliner at [email protected] or call his office at (904) 292-1000, extension 115.

Interfaith families may also find some of the following links to resources helpful:

Jewish Outreach Institute

USCJ Ba-Derekh (The Conservative Movement's Statement on Outreach to the intermarried)

interfaithfamily.com

Rabbi Jonathan Lubliners sermon on Keruv