The Interfaith Community’s bi-religious curriculum, simultaneously taught by a Christian educator and a Jewish one, was the result of a collaboration with the Union Theological Seminary and the Jewish Theological Seminary students, some of whom served as professors for the organization once they graduated. The classes aim to educate children in both Judaism and Christianity in order to provide a foundation for them to understand their heritage and make a decision: to be Jewish, Christian or both. In 2010, a two-year class for teenagers was launched in the Westchester and Orange/Rockland chapters that caters to children from 12 to 14 years old. It helps them grapple with identity questions specific to that age, regarding who they are and who they want to become. The program educators, however, stress that no decision needs to be made, that identity is something that builds over time and that it can change at any time.
To meet some teenagers who have been involved with the Interfaith Community program, click here.