|Grant Recipient:||Big Tent Judaism*|
|Program:||LGBT Interfaith Parents Circle: For partners who are not Jewish raising Jewish children|
To provide first of its kind parenting programs to LGBT couples who are raising, or are considering raising, Jewish children.
|Beneficiary:||Jewish Continuity – Connecting Individuals and Families to Judaism|
|Field of Interest:||Adults|
Founded in 1987, the Big Tent Judaism is a national Jewish organization dedicated to building a welcoming and inclusive community that embraces intermarried families and unengaged Jews. Its 4 national initiatives share a goal of welcoming those on the periphery into Jewish life through training of communal professionals; training of volunteer leaders; collaborating with partner institutions; and training of full-time Jewish engagement professionals.
The LGBT Interfaith Parents Circle offers the first of its kind parenting programs to LGBT couples who are raising, or are considering raising, Jewish children. The pilot program, expected to scale up in Los Angeles and be replicated throughout the country, will collaborate with a wide range of Jewish organizations throughout LA to provide a 16-session course, a 3-session mini course and 4 holiday-specific prep classes on topics addressing both Jewish and LGBT identity including Jewish culture and heritage; adoption and questions of origin; and fluidity of gender roles.
*Formerly known as Jewish Outreach Institute