Jewish congregation forms group for interfaith couples

November 17, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Beth Shalom congregation is opening its doors to interfaith couples.

Along with the Project on Intermarriage, the Taylorsville congregation is forming a discussion group for families with Jewish connections. The first meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the synagogue, 2020 Liberty Road.

"We want our congregation to be known as inclusive," said Rabbi Seymour Essrog, spiritual leader.

"Many Carroll County families fit into the interfaith category."

The project is a joint program of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis and Jewish Family Services. Rabbi Essrog will lead the discussions with Beth Land Hecht, a licensed social worker.

The first discussion will focus on the issues that interfaith couples face in rearing children in the Jewish religion. The program will address the needs of both parents, the role of grandparents and the celebration of holidays and other events.

The group plans to explore related topics and will meet every other month.

Rabbi Essrog promises an informal setting, which will not include a prayer service.

"We are reaching out to the community," he said. "We want people to discover our synagogue and help it grow."

For more information, call 466-9200, Ext. 234.

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