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Interfaith Grandparenting


Elliott Davis

As part of the continuing series on the Federation of Jewish Men's Club's Keruv initiative, which was launched to address the most profound change affecting the American Jewish community in the 21st century-interfaith relationships, Temple Israel's Men's Club Keruv consultant and immediate past president of the Florida region of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, Elliott Davis, will speak on "Grandparenting in an Interfaith Relationship." The event will be held in Temple Israel's Roth Social Hall, 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Where interfaith marriages and relationships are involved, religious heritage is a delicate subject that should be approached carefully and with a healthy dose of diplomacy. Quite often the mere discussion can easily bring resentment in children and confusion in grandchildren. Conflicts arise when the parent, who has made marital choice independent of his or her family desires, resents any intrusion on the part of the grandparent.

Davis, who has been a Keruv consultant since 2007 and has trained lay leaders across the United States and Canada to introduce a Keruv program in their synagogues, will discuss how to deal with trying to create a meaningful relationship with their interfaith grandchildren, and how to keep children and grandchildren of interfaith marriages involved in Judaism.

There is no charge to attend this event and it is open to the community. Bagels and coffee will be provided.


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