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Saturday, June 30 • 7:50pm - 9:00pm
​Audaciously Honest: How Telling the Truth Can Be More Welcoming Than Sweet Talk

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True answers to all your questions about interfaith families & welcoming work

This presentation is rooted in the importance of being able to speak truthfully and kindly even when you are delivering less than happy news.  Dawn Kepler and Rabbi Samantha Kahn will raise the questions that couples and community members don’t know to ask.  They’ll address some of the burning questions they receive in their work with Multifaith and Interfaith families & newly engaged couples.  Participants will have the opportunity to privately submit any questions they’re curious about.  They can’t promise they’ll agree with each other – but they both promise to give you thoughtful and meaningful answers.  Sample questions that might come up in this session are:

Do we need to simplify Judaism to make it more accessible?
What’s the goal of welcoming interfaith families?
I think I’m welcoming… but am I?
Do these people know that I’m not Jewish?  Should I say something?
Why is Chabad so good at welcoming?  Can we as community leaders outside of Chabad learn from them?
Does officiating at interfaith marriages really make couples more likely to be engaged in Jewish community?
I don’t need to get to know the florist for my wedding, why do I need to get to know the rabbi?
Why do my questions get reassurances instead of answers?
What if I feel uncomfortable when everyone is telling me I’m so welcome?

Presenters
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Samantha Kahn

Rabbi Samantha Kahn is the Bay Area Director for InterfaithFamily a national resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. Previously, she served as the Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Emanu El, in Houston, TX, where for six-years... Read More →
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Dawn Kepler

Dawn Kepler is the founding director and leads Building Jewish Bridges, a program of Lehrhaus Judaica that embraces Bay Area interfaith families. She has proudly worked within the Interfaith Outreach community since 1990. She has run workshops and classes in synagogues, JCCs, Fed... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 7:50pm - 9:00pm
Bennett Valley
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