The Mandell JCC offers an opportunity to bring interfaith families together through Jewish rituals and customs, with The Mother’s Circle, a special program offered to help women of other faiths raising Jewish children, taking the guesswork out of incorporating important rites and traditions of the Jewish faith. Registration is now open for Fall 2012, which begins on Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT.
Now in its eighth season, The Mother’s Circle provides the resources and practical Jewish knowledge to help non-Jewish mothers succeed in raising their Jewish children. The six-session class will take place September through December on select Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Laura Kinyon, LCSW, of Avon, an experienced family counselor and behavioral consultant, facilitates The Mother’s Circle. Synagogue, JCC or organization membership is not required and it is not a conversion class. Curriculum for the one and a half hour sessions explores Jewish holidays and rituals, Judaism basics, culture and history, and offers resources and tools for enriching Jewish family life at home.
“Women who did not grow up Jewish but are now raising Jewish children are very fortunate to be living in the Greater Hartford area. Since 2004, the Mandell JCC and Jewish Federation have offered an exciting and successful program for education and support called The Mother’s Circle,” Kinyon said. “Many of the women who have graduated from the program have continued to meet monthly for the past seven years, which is a true testament to how The Mother’s Circle has affected their lives.”
The Mother’s Circle was developed by the Jewish Outreach Institute and is funded by the Irving and Evelyn B. Gilman Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford. Registration is $36. For more information, or to register, contact Elana MacGilpin, 860-231-6327, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.mandelljcc.org. For more information on the Mandell JCC, contact the Member Services Center, 860-236-4571.The Mandell Jewish Community Center is open to everyone and supported by funds raised by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, a recipient of funding from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, and a member of the JCC Association of North America. For updates, follow the Mandell JCC on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.mandelljcc.org.
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