My house shall be a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7)
Ahavat ger, welcoming the stranger, is among the most important tenets of Reform Judaism. Vassar Temple welcomes interfaith families into our temple and encourages their participation in our congregation.
According to National Jewish Population Studies, about half of contemporary North American Jews today will enter interfaith relationships, one third of them will affiliate with a synagogue and one third of their children will be raised as Jews. Vassar Temple invites interfaith families and partnerships to discover the joy and light of Judaism along with the sense of kinship we offer. Vassar Temple has a rich history, and we have many wonderful resources and experiences to offer you!
Vassar Temple has sought to meet the needs of interfaith households in the Poughkeepsie (Dutchess and Ulster County) area for generations. We provide encouragement for parents who, while not Jewish themselves, are often lovingly and supportively raising their children as Jews. You are the heroes of Jewish life, giving us the priceless gift of future generations of Jews. It is vital that our congregations support your noble effort.
Sometimes non-Jewish partners in interfaith relationships, and other seekers, feel drawn to Judaism and want to explore the option of conversion. If you choose to become part of the Jewish people, our community will welcome, guide and assist you on every step of your fulfilling journey.
Please contact us to find out more and please, by all means, visit us and introduce yourself. Feel the warmth of our Shabbat services. Enrich your life through the study of Torah if you’d like. Celebrate with us during the many festivals. Our doors are open – enter as you see fit! You may also wish to “like” Vassar Temple’s Facebook page as a way of familiarizing yourself with the happenings at the temple.
- On the Union for Reform Judaism website, information for all members of interfaith families, including grandparents – https://www.reformjudaism.org/jewish-life/family/interfaith
- Glossary of words and terms for Jewish living