Founded by four “founding moms” in 1995, the Interfaith Families Project has grown into a vibrant, active community of approximately 300 adults and children, one of the largest interfaith programs in the country. The core value of IFFP is respect – for each other, for Judaism and for Christianity. As a community, we celebrate, explore, question and enjoy both religious traditions equally. IFFP members neither reject our religious backgrounds nor seek a new religion that is a mixture of Christian and Jewish belief. Instead, we believe it is possible – and desirable – to honor our distinct religious traditions and to share those traditions with spouses, partners and children.
Our community includes those who continue to practice a faith, and those who do not. Many IFFP parents have chosen not to select one religion for their children, but rather to instill in them an appreciation and understanding of both heritages. Other IFFP parents have chosen one religion for their children but want them to gain knowledge about both of their cultural heritages.
Our community provides us with a sense of connection and support that is a valuable part of our experience as interfaith families. Our children form lasting relationships with children whose families are similar to their own. We adults care for each other, provoke and challenge each other, resource and inspire each other, and find many opportunities to laugh together.
IFFP offers many programs to meet the varied needs of interfaith families. We have a weekly program on Sunday, which includes a gathering, Sunday school, and an adult group discussion. Throughout the year we sponsor special events such as High Holy Day services and a women's retreat, couples' workshops, and community service opportunities for members of all ages.
IFFP meets two or three Sundays a month during the school year and intermittently during the summer. Our Sunday Program is held at the:
Albert Einstein High School
11135 Newport Mill Road
Kensington, MD 20895
Our usual Sunday program begins at 10:00 am with our Gathering (service), led by Rev. Julia Jarvis, spiritual director, and Rabbi Rain Zohav. At 10:45 a.m., we have Social Time with refreshments and visiting. Our Sunday School Program and Adult Group begin at 11:00. Nursery care for children up to age three is provided from 10-12 by pairs of IFFP teens. Our Adult Group meets while the children are in Sunday School and provides the opportunity for informative, lively discussions pertaining to interfaith families.
For additional information, please contact IFFP at (301) 770-6337 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
IFFP is a work in progress. While we are supported and resourced by gifted staff, we are essentially member-led and member-driven. Our members teach our Sunday School, craft our Gatherings, serve on our Board, lead our committees, facilitate our Adult Group, plan our programs and continue each year to dream up new ways in which our community can resource its members and the wider interfaith community.