Monday and Tuesday Registration | $72
Monday Only | $25
Join us for a vibrant convening of Jewish professionals, lay leaders, clergy, philanthropists, and interfaith couples and families for an exciting beginning to The Interchange.
A cocktail hour featuring interactive opportunities will lead into our main program which will feature the stories of interfaith couples, children of interfaith households, and grandparents.
Broadcast Journalist, Daryn Kagan, will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening and facilitate a dialogue with our featured couples and families that will include questions from the audience.
Archie Gottesman of JewBelong will offer a keynote address on Jewish communal engagement and belonging.
Interfaith Families as the Optimistic Edge of the Jewish Future with speaker Seth Cohen, Founder of Applied Optimism.
Building on the momentum of the Monday evening program, we will gather again to explore interfaith engagement in practice from a variety of perspectives.
The day will also include a plenary session offering a facilitated dialogue with leaders of Jewish organizations on their engagement of interfaith couples and families. Will will consider:
Panelists for the plenary session:
Workshops will be offered throughout the day and participants will be able to choose those that interest them most. Some workshops will have a more theoretical focus while others will be more focused on skill-building.
facilitated by Edmund Case, Founder of the Center for Radically Inclusive Judaism and InterfaithFamily, Fern Chertok, Research Scientist, Brandeis University, and Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe, Director, InterfaithFamily/Atlanta
Who are interfaith couples and families and what do we know about them? 71% of people outside of the Orthodox community are marrying someone of a different faith or background, but they are typically not discussed as the majority. Join us to learn about the latest national research, what we know about interfaith couples and families in Atlanta, and how our attitudes play a role in shaping our understanding. You may have heard interfaith families described as a “problem” the Jewish community must solve; we invite you to join us to hear about their
This workshop is for those seeking more knowledge and understanding about the interfaith families that are already a part of their communities and also those they hope to include in the
facilitated by Caroline Kamesar, Director of Professional Development, InterfaithFamily
We know that language has the power to make people feel included or excluded. This workshop will offer tools to guide and strengthen your efforts in community building. Receive an interfaith glossary of terms, examples of inclusive language and specific welcome/inclusion statements, examples of inclusive images, and guidance considering all of the places these new resources might be used. You will have the opportunity to practice applying these tools to your own program ideas and descriptions in a hands-on activity.
This workshop is most helpful for organizations who have started to consider interfaith inclusion and are looking for more guidance and specific steps to take in their outreach and engagement efforts.
facilitated by Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Education Director Be’chol Lashon, Rabbi Joshua Lesser, Congregation Bet Haverim, and Rebecca Stapel-Wax, Executive Director, SOJOURN
Each of us “contains multitudes”—we hold multiple identities simultaneously, our religious affiliation, sexuality, race, age, ability, socioeconomic status, and beyond. Being in an interfaith couple or family adds to this diversity. To embrace interfaith families also means embracing all of the identities that they bring. You will learn from those who have been working on and living these realities to broaden your perspectives on what the work of inclusion truly means.
This workshop is for those who are interested in expanding their understanding of the breath of experience of interfaith couples and families, particularly around sexuality and race.
facilitated by Tami Astorino
How do we open doors to communication and communicate effectively on an interpersonal level? Many institutions have updated their policies to support interfaith couples and families, but policies are not sufficient by themselves. In this workshop, we will challenge ourselves to be sensitive in our words and actions to effectively communicate with interfaith couples and families.
Interfaith couples and their parents also often struggle while communicating about difficult topics which leads to tension within families. Explore the dynamics of communication in families and how we as organizational leaders can help to navigate these realities.
This workshop is for those who are looking to build their communication skills with interfaith couples and families that they interact with professionally and/or personally.
facilitated by Kelly Cohen, Director, JumpSpark, Michael Maziar, VP of Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank, Jori Mendel, VP of Innovation, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
Join us for a hands-on workshop that will act as a laboratory for an interfaith engagement idea that you’re ready to make a reality. Put the best practices that you’ve learned at the Interchange to work by creating a rapid-fire pitch for the grant competition this afternoon and future funding opportunities. During this session you will have the opportunity for live coaching and learn the best strategies to pitch to any audience.
Those who are planning to compete in the grant competition are required to attend this
workshop and others are encouraged to attend for future pitching opportunities.
facilitated by Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs, ISH, Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss, Shma Koleinu, Rabbi Joshua Lesser, Congregation Bet Chaverim
Hear from three innovative rabbis from three different Jewish movements about their experiences creating meaningful moments of Jewish celebration for interfaith couples and families. How do we simultaneously reimagine ritual while staying rooted in tradition? What would it mean to count interfaith families in rather than count them out? Walk away with practical ideas for interfaith ritual and lifecycle inclusion.
An opportunity to learn from and dialogue with Jewish communal professionals on interfaith engagement through questions and activities.
One Table | SOJOURN |Jewish Kids Group | JumpSpark | Honeymoon Israel | InterfaithFamily | JScreen | In the City Camp
On-site grants are now closed.
At the Interchange, Federation will be awarding up to $10,000 over a maximum of 5 grants. On-site pitching will be available to the first 8 organizations to register. Pre-registration to pitch at the event is therefore strongly encouraged. Walk-up pitch opportunities on Tuesday, April 30, may or may not be available that day.
Talking the Talk to Walk the Walk: Inclusive Language as a Tool for Engagement | Download Slides
Embracing Interfaith Families in Jewish Ritual and Lifecycle Celebrations | Download Slides
Facts and Fictions of Interfaith Families | Download Slides
10 Things You Should Know About Interfaith Couples and Families | Download Slides
Applied Optimism | Download Slides
Meet People Where They Are While Holding True to Who You Are: Communication within Interfaith Families and Jewish Institutions | Download Slides
Grandparents and Multi-faith Families | Download Slides