Can you provide some details about the
workshop on Raising Children in the Intermarried Home?
ELIGIBILITY: All couples at any stage of an
interfaith relationship are eligible to participate.
WORKSHOP PROCESS AND GOALS: The Workshop
on Raising Children in the Intermarried Home is primarily
experiential. It is conducted by Rabbi Irwin Fishbein, a licensed marriage
and family therapist, who for over thirty years has specialized in helping
intermarried couples work through the issues they present. In its current
format this workshop is unique and not available elsewhere. It is
appropriate only for couples who do not see each other socially. The
purpose of the workshop is to help you understand where you are in the
decision-making process concerning raising children and to guide you in
taking the next step, whatever that step may be. The specific goals of the
workshop can be summarized as follows: 1) to help you explore your
feelings and concerns about the religious identity of children, 2) to
promote your understanding of the dynamics of what you struggling with, 3)
to enable you to find ways of resolving your differences in ways which are
acceptable and comfortable for both of you, and 4) to equip you with the
tools for finding your own answers. No attempt is ever made to impose
values or beliefs.
PRE-WORKSHOP REQUIREMENT: In order to
participate in the workshop it is necessary for you to come in for an
initial counseling session. The purpose of this session is to help you
define your issues, to acquaint Rabbi Fishbein with those issues that are
uncomfortable or difficult for you and to determine whether this workshop
or some other program would be best for you. If you live too far away to
schedule a counseling session in advance, you can arrange for an initial
phone conference and then plan the counseling session for the day before
the workshop or the day of the workshop. If you feel this workshop can be
of help to you, please contact Rabbi Fishbein at (908) 233-0419 to set up
DATE, TIME AND PLACE: The workshop usually
takes place on a Saturday or Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the
Rabbinic Center in Westfield, New Jersey.
A specific date is set whenever three
couples register. Prior to setting a date, all registrants are consulted
in order to insure everyone's availability. As many as five couples may
participate in the workshop but registration is closed whenever five
couples have registered. Every effort is made to accommodate the needs of
couples who live at a considerable distance from the Rabbinic Center.
The Rabbinic Center is accessible by air,
train or bus. The office is a ten minute walk from the Westfield train or
bus station. It is a twenty minute cab ride from Newark airport. Specific
directions will be provided upon registration.
The charge for the workshop is $425.00 per person or couple. The fee for
the initial conference is $175.00. A fee reduction for the workshop is
available to those whose financial circumstances warrant.
If you have further questions about the
workshop or the other programs offered by the Rabbinic Center, please call
Rabbi Fishbein at (908) 233-0419 or write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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