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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Reform Judaism (10/12)
Section - Question 18.3.13: Reform's Position On...Outreach

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   Reform Jewish Outreach is a program that aims to:
     * Welcome those who seek to investigate Judaism.
     * Integrate Jews-by-Choice fully into the Jewish community.
     * Encourage intermarried couples to affiliate with a congregation
       and to meet the needs of those already in the congregation.
       Outreach seeks to enable intermarried couples to explore, study,
       and understand Judaism, thereby providing an atmosphere of support
       in which a comfortable relationship with Judaism can be fostered.
     * Educate and sensitize the Jewish community to be receiptive to new
       Jews-by-Choice and intermarried couples.
     * Encourage people to make Jewish choice in their lives through
       special discussion groups, community support, adult education and
       availablity of Jewish resources.
     * Assist young people in strengthening their Jewish identify and in
       examining the implications of interdating and intermarriage for
       themselves.
       
   For those conemplating conversion to Judaism (as well as those
   interested in learning more about Judaism), Outreach offers the
   following:
     * Introduction to Judaism classes on both the community and
       congregational levels. The class focuses on basic Judaism,
       including holidays, life-cycle events, history, theology, and
       Hebrew. Students learn what is means to live a Jewish life and how
       to begin to practice Judaism. The program may include a
       psycho-social component that deals with the personal implications
       of choosing Judaism.
     * Post-introduction programs and various workshops and discussion
       groups.
       
   For intermarried couples and couples contemplating intermarriage,
   Outreach offers the following:
     * An 8-week discussion group designed to clarify the Jewish
       partner's feelings about Judaism and to provide the non-Jewish
       partner with a greater understanding of Judaism and the Jewish
       community. Relevant personal issues discussed include: religious
       involvement while growing up, the religious and cultural
       differences each partner confronts in the relationship with each
       other and with extended family, holiday celebrations, and each
       couple's concerns about the religious upbringing and identity of
       their children.
       Although the program is from a Jewish perspective, there is no
       attempt to convert the non-Jewish partner. The program helps
       participants to articulate the differences between Judaism and
       Christianity.
       
   For Jewish parents of intermarried couples, Outreach offers discussion
   groups to provide parents with a non-judgmental supportive setting
   where they can talk with others with similar concerns. This provides
   the opportunity to discuss the impact of the relationship on the
   family, and to develop constructive responses.
   
   For Jewish youth, Outreach has a number of programs that assist young
   people in examining the implications of interdating and intermarriage
   for themselves as well as for the future of the Jewish people.
   Outreach encourages youth to explore and strengthen their Jewish
   identity so that they will be advocates for Judaism in all their
   relationships.
   
   The ultimate goal of Outreach is to strengthen Judaism by helping
   individuals build their personal connectedness to Reform Judaism.
   
   If you want to find more information about the Outreach program, visit
   [5]Reform Jewish Outreach at [6]http://www.uahcweb.org/outreach/.

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