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In an interfaith
relationship or marriage?

A child of
an interfaith couple?

Close to
an interfaith couple or family?

Working with interfaith families?

Sunday, April 28, 2013
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

American University
University Club
Mary Graydon Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016

The Jewish community wants to be welcoming to interfaith couples and families.

Whether you are looking to share your ideas on what our community can do to be inclusive, or looking to find out about already-existing inclusive programs, Welcoming Interfaith Families is an event you won’t want to miss.

Join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and other participating organizations in a meaningful afternoon dedicated to exploring ways in which our community can be an inviting place for everyone.

Highlights for the afternoon:

  • Hear a variety of perspectives and experiences from people in interfaith families
  • Discuss interfaith relationships in terms of couples, families with young children, congregational life and grandparents
  • Share your insights and ideas on what the community can do to welcome interfaith couples/families—a conversation led by Dr. Erica Brown
  • Preview “Love, Faith, and Other Dirty Words”, a dynamic and moving play about interfaith couples negotiating to maintain the balance of their separate faiths
  • Learn what local and national organizations are already doing to welcome interfaith couples/families so you can get involved today: 
      Washington DC Jewish Community Center
      6th & I Historic Synagogue
      Mothers Circle
      Jewish Outreach Institute
      InterfaithFamily/Your Community
      Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs
      PJ Library

Your involvement in Welcoming Interfaith Families is essential in providing future opportunities in our community geared towards welcoming those involved in an interfaith relationship.

If you require special accommodations, please call Steffanie Jackson at 301-230-7254 and we will make every effort to meet your needs. A sign language interpreter will be provided.


Online registration is now closed. We will be accepting walk-in registrations.

Ann Bennett, Event Chair
Stuart S. Kurlander,
Steven A. Rakitt, Chief Executive Officer

American University is easily accessible from the Tenleytown/AU stop on the Metro Red Line. AU runs a free shuttle from the Metro to the campus:

AU blue shuttle leaves every 15 minutes and stops in front of the Ward Circle Building on Nebraska Ave. From the stop, walk across the quad into the May Graden Center which houses the University Club. 

AU white shuttle leaves every 30 minutes and stops at the Katzen Arts Center on Massachusetts Ave which is across Massachusetts Ave from the Ward Circle Building. From the Katzen Center, walk across Massachusetts Ave. onto campus and walk straight to the Mary Graden Center which houses the University Club. 

For detailed shuttle information, please click here.

There is free parking available at:

Nebraska Avenue Lot across Nebraska Avenue from the campus. Entrance is located on New Mexico Avenue.

Inside the Katzen Arts Center on Ward Circle. Enter from Massachusetts Avenue. This is a small lot.

Please click here to access the Campus Map.

Detailed Event Program

Edmund Case is the founder and CEO of, Inc. He practiced law for 22 years, served as president of his synagogue, graduated from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University, and co-edited The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An Handbook (Jewish Lights). Ed is passionate about and a leading advocate for engaging interfaith families in Jewish life and community.

Stephen Lachter is the past co-chair of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC) Keruv Initiative and a senior FJMC Keruv trainer.  He is also a member of the Leadership Council of Conservative Judaism’s Keruv Committee, representing FJMC.  Stephen is a past Vice President and Officer of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington DC and at present serves on their Board and several committees.
Andrea LeVine is one of JOI’s Program Officers, developing curricula and programs for JOI initiatives with a focus on interfaith initiatives. She is a recent graduate of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Throughout her time in graduate school, she worked in a variety of Jewish educational environments--including religious schools, Hillel, and overnight camp--and staffed several Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. Israel education is a particular passion of hers, and she is honored to be a member of the second cohort of the iCenter Israel Education Fellowship. Originally from St. Petersburg, FL, she attended college at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and spent many years working at Walt Disney World before pursuing her career in Jewish communal work.

Laura Conrad Mandel joined the New Center in Boston in 2011 where she imagines and facilitates unique Jewishly inspired arts and culture programs for young adults as the Director of New Center NOW. Prior to joining the New Center, Laura served in programming and fundraising roles at the Pittsburgh Hillel Jewish University Center, followed by a few years as the Membership and Group Development Specialist for the Hadassah Southern California Metro Area office. Amidst her Jewish communal service endeavors, Laura is also the founder of Elsie Designs, a custom gift and craft business that allows her to satisfy her entrepreneurial spirit and to find a home for her Judaica! A product of Jewish day school and overnight camp, Laura is proud to bring her Carnegie Mellon Bachelors of Art & English knowledge and passion into the realm of innovative and exciting Jewish art and culture happenings.

Rabbi Ari Poster Moffic is the Director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago. Rabbi Moffic was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2007, and also holds degrees from Indiana University and Baltimore Hebrew University. She has an extensive background in Jewish family education. Rabbi Moffic is inspired and motivated by questions of identity formation, modern interpretations of culture and religion and making Jewish living accessible, relevant and meaningful. She and her husband, Rabbi Evan Moffic of Congregation Solel in Highland Park, Illinois, have two children.

Eva Stern is the Senior Director of Training at the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI). Eva trains, coaches, and consults with professionals and volunteer leaders from hundreds of Jewish organizations throughout North America (including Federations, synagogues, and JCC’s), to help them better find, welcome, and engage thousands of unengaged Jews and intermarried families in Jewish life. Eva addresses venues across the continent, leading informative, motivating, and interactive workshops and training sessions on creating more inclusive and welcoming Jewish communities. She also develops creative outreach programs, and conducts environmental research scans on numerous Jewish organizations and communities, helping them to maximize their potential to reach out and welcome in. Eva holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Prior to JOI, she taught in an innovative Informal Jewish Education program outside of Boston. Eva is deeply involved in Jewish life as a volunteer leader as well, having created a vibrant Jewish community of young adults in New York’s East Village.   She is a recipient of the 2010 Young Professional Award of the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America, at the New Orleans General Assembly.    

Dr. Marion Usher is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In her clinical practice she specializes in working with individuals and couples in long-term therapy. For the past 19 years, Dr. Usher has been leading workshops for interfaith couples where she has seen over 600 couples and families. As the creator of Interfaith Connections at the Washington DCJCC, she has designed a comprehensive outreach program for interfaith couples and families focusing on creating Jewish identity. She writes a weekly blog on her web site, In December 2009, her film and manual, “Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners,” based on her outreach model, was premiered at the Washington Jewish Film Festival.