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 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.