ADOPTION IN JEWISH & INTERFAITH FAMILIES
The number of Jewish and interfaith families who are adopting children is significant. Often these children are not Caucasian. As one very sweet Catholic social worker put it, “Jews don’t seem to mind what color their children are.” We take that as a big compliment!
How do parents give their adopted child a feeling of wholeness, helping them integrate their story of origin with the religion and culture they are being raised in? Adoptive parents raising Jewish children have this and unique questions to answer depending on their family situation, such as:
* Will we formally convert our child to Judaism?
* Will we have some kind of Jewish welcoming ceremony?
* How will we honor their culture of origin and give them a rich, secure Jewish identity?
* If our child is a different race from us, how will we handle it? How will we respond to his/her questions at different stages, as well as questions or reactions from people outside of our family?
Join adoptive parents and adoption professional, Susan Romer, for a warm and supportive discussion. Instructors: Dawn Kepler and Rabbi Rebecca Gutterman.
Register and info here: http://catalog.lehrhaus.
Admission: Free, but please RSVP.
Co-sponsors: Cong. B’nah Tikvah & Lehrhaus Judaica.