The Interfaith Community first started in 1987 with informal gatherings of about 20 families whose children attended the Trinity School in New York. By 2011, it counted nearly 150 families as members. Its activities include high holiday celebrations. “Our goal is not to replace the church and synagogue, but to provide a safe space for families who might feel uncomfortable or intimidated in those places,” said Sheila Gordon, co-founder and director of the organization. This year, because Hanukkah and Christmas fell on such close dates, the celebration happened on the same day. “Usually we keep the holidays very separate,” said Gordon. “But one of the reasons we do these kind of holidays is to help the other partner feel comfortable enough to appreciate and understand the other religion.”
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