USCJ is committed to helping twenty-first century synagogues engage twenty-first century families, welcoming them as they are and inspiring them to join in the spiritual vision for the congregation.
“My House will be called a house of prayer for all people” (Isaiah 56:7).
Interfaith inclusion empowers the Jewish community and its leaders, brings new insights to enrich our communities, and changes the dialogue. This year, we are pleased to expand our work in this area to include Rimonim for Rabbis, a new cohort in partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly, new webinars on interfaith topics, and more consultations with Jewish leaders both within our congregations and outside our congregations.
Many American Jews have partners of another faith and how we respond influences their relationship with our tradition. Increasing our capacity to open hearts and broaden minds enables us to make Conservative Jewish spaces comfortable for all who wish to enter them. This transformational work will improve the lives of Jews and their loved ones, celebrate Jewish diversity, and redefine what it means to be a Jewish family. Successful interfaith inclusion goes beyond being warm and welcoming; it requires a cultural shift towards inviting those of any background, their partners and family members to participate in our communities, thereby fostering feelings of connection and belonging.
We celebrate the diversity among and within our synagogues and encourage the engagement of all those who seek a spiritual and communal home in an authentic and dynamic Jewish setting.
Selected Articles & Podcasts
- Unorthodox Podcast: The Conversion Episode, 2023
- Celebrating ‘Interfaith’ Weddings: How Focusing on Culture Can Unite Families
- Keeping the Faith: Is intermarriage threatening American Judaism or renewing it?
- Is Intermarriage Good for the Jews?
- For the Love of Judaism (Podcast): Embracing Interfaith Families
- Jewish Women and Intermarriage in the United States
- We Are All Ruth: Connections, Commitment, and Community (Video)
- Conservative Judaism’s new narrative on Jewish intermarriage
- As rabbis, we believe a new intermarriage narrative can strengthen Conservative Judaism
- You are Jewish enough: Our message to interfaith couples and families with members of diverse heritages
- The Hand that Rocks the Cradle: How the Gender of the Jewish Parent Influences Intermarriage
- Let’s Stop Romancing the Jewish Womb
- From Brit Bat to Bat Mitzvah: How Love & Tradition Work Together
- Intermarriage is an Opportunity, Not a Threat
- Adventures in Jewish Studies (Podcast): Rethinking Intermarriage
- The Vibe of the Tribe (Podcast): Dismantling the Intermarriage Narrative
- Tablet Take One (Podcast): Getting the Conversation about Interfaith Marriage Right
June 22, 2022 23 Sivan, 5782
Other Jewish movements have opened their tents for a while now. It is exciting to see how the most centrist movement is navigating tradition and modernity.
June 11, 2019 8 Sivan, 5779
Introducing Faith and Family, a new USCJ initiative to support parents of young children as they face the choices and challenges of raising a Jewish family.
March 1, 2018 14 Adar, 5778
USCJ Director of Innovation Rabbi Joshua Rabin discusses partnering with InterfaithFamily to help Conservative synagogues engage interfaith families.
June 7, 2016 1 Sivan, 5776
Director of Innovation Rabbi Joshua Rabin challenges us to embrace the tension of tradition and modernity.