Embracing Children from Interfaith Families presented in Collaboration with InterfaithFamily | Gratz College

Embracing Children from Interfaith Families presented in Collaboration with InterfaithFamily

Many supplementary schools pride themselves on being welcoming to interfaith families. But what does this mean in practice? And is being welcoming enough?

Teachers often find themselves at the intersection of Jewish communal norms and the lives of the families they serve. They must navigate school policies, their own beliefs and values, and the lived realities of their students.

In this course, we will draw from our own experiences as educators, as well as case studies from the field, in order to explore best principles for working with students from interfaith families. From the language we use in our classrooms or communications with parents, to the ways in which we structure our activities, we will take a critical lens to our work on the front lines of providing rich Jewish content to this growing segment of our community.

Participants will leave this course with a deeper understanding of their role as educator, particularly as it relates to children from interfaith families, as well as with tools and strategies to move beyond welcoming to true inclusion and embrace.

For more information, visit www.interfaithfamily.com

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of each course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify unique challenges students from interfaith families may face in the supplementary school classroom
  • Discover how teachers’ own values and beliefs impact their work with students from interfaith families
  • Explain how school policies impact interfaith families
  • Understand the role of the supplementary school educator in transferring Jewish knowledge and identity to children from interfaith families
  • Adapt language used in your classroom and communications to include and embrace interfaith families
  • Design classroom activities that account for the lived realities of interfaith families using best principles

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Semester Information: 
Summer B: July 6