GENEVA – Rabbi Reni Dickman will present “Navigating Life as an Interfaith Family” at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Geneva Public Library, 127 James St., Geneva, according to a news release.
The free event is hosted by Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors and is open to the public to attend.
Dickman is executive director of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and senior educator of the Jewish United Fund.
Dickman will facilitate discussion on how parents can navigate raising interfaith families in today’s society, what a truly inclusive community looks like and the current landscape of the Jewish community, the release stated. Attendees will be encouraged to share personal stories and learn from one another’s successes and challenges, the release stated.
“Interfaith families are much more widely accepted by society today than ever before, but that does not mean that raising an interfaith family is easy,” Dickman stated in the release.
“From determining how to handle holidays and life cycle events to trying to honor the religious expectations of parents to searching for a sense of community, there are many challenges and opportunities for interfaith families to navigate,” Dickman stated in the release. “I look forward to an open, interactive conversation exploring these and other topics that are on the minds of Fox Valley community members.”
Dickman helps navigate interfaith dynamics such as how to work through varying religious priorities with partners and how synagogues and other religious institutions can create welcoming, non-judgmental environments for interfaith families, the release stated.
Dickman brings extensive experience on the topic, having previously served as director of Interfaith Family Chicago.
She also served as the rabbi of Sinai Temple in Michigan City, Ind., from 2004-2017, and during that time also served on the faculty of two Chicago area Jewish day schools.
Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors, based in Geneva, is an inclusive Jewish community group that seeks to enrich lives, enhance connections and be a resource for the local community.