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Through a generous gift from the Leven Family, The Temple is able to significantly enhance the ways we welcome and support couples and families in the early stages of their journey into the Jewish community and our congregation. As the name suggests, we are helping to strengthen Jewish identity and connection for the generations to come.

The programs of the Leven Family Jewish Identity Institute are particularly aimed towards interfaith couples (dating, engaged, married, partnered) who are figuring out the role Judaism has in their relationship and future and those who are trying to figure out what connection their children (or future children) will have to Judaism and the Jewish community. We are excited by the diversity of couples and families who choose to make their connections here. Our goal is to help you find your path into The Temple and to feel supported in your journey. 

If you have questions or want to speak to other interfaith couples, or want to make sure you’re receiving emails about upcoming events, please contact Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus or Summer Jacobs. 

Connecting in Small Groups

We are excited to have different groups of couples at similar ages and stages connecting for a virtual Shabbat dinner and continuing to meet on their own to share experiences and make friends here at Temple. If you would like to join a group or help start a new group, please email Summer Jacobs. 



Beineinu: The Two of Us
The Temple's Annual Marriage Retreat
Unfortunately we will not be able to escape to the mountains this year for our annual marriage retreat for young couples, but we are excited to offer a virtual program this year! We are offering two groups: one for couples whose children are pre-K aged or younger on March 19, and one for couples who are in their first five years of marriage (and not yet parents) on April 9. 
The retreat program will begin on Friday evening, and then each couple receives materials to continue on their own over the next few weeks with different activities to reflect and recharge. We'll come back together a month or so later to check in and conclude. We'll provide Shabbat materials (challah, grape juice and wine, dessert), some fun activities, and resource materials in a box to be picked up in advance of the retreat.
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Sun, September 26 2021 20 Tishrei 5782