Welcome!

The Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington (IFFP) is an independent community of interfaith families and others. We are committed to sharing, learning about, and celebrating our Jewish and Christian traditions.

 

Now in our third decade, we have grown to over 100 families from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. It’s a place where both Jewish and Christian partners can feel like equal members of the community; where both can celebrate and learn about both faiths and where we “teach not preach.” 

IFFP Welcomes YOU!  Please click to view our community inclusion statement.

 

Upcoming IFFP Events

Oct
20
Sun
Gathering: Celebrating Sukkot @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 10:40 am
Open House @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our Open House will feature…

“Leaps of Faiths” — a new ground-breaking documentary about interfaith marriage

Sneak Preview and Discussion

Sunday, October 20

Leaps of Faiths explores what happens when love is tested by faith, and faith is tested by love, in interfaith couples and families.  How are they raising their children?  What do they feel about their faith – and their partner’s?  And in a world that’s increasingly polarized and tribal, does religion divide, or can it help people cross borders?  As multi-culturalism abounds in the U.S., 80% of Reform Jews who married from 2013-2018 intermarried, and a majority of American Jews today are partnered with someone of a different cultural or religious background. A Jew and a Christian may have grown up looking at the other faith as “over there” or “the other” … but when they fall in love, that’s no longer possible.  They’re family, and that’s when things get really interesting.

Since it premiered at the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival and on WTTW (PBS in Chicago) Leaps of Faiths has reached over 25,000 people.  It features Steve and Cokie Roberts, Susan Katz Miller and interfaith clergy and families from Chicago area interfaith education programs.

Presenting clips and discussing the film will be David Kovacs, Co-Director and Co-Producer. He and his wife Patty are one of the founding families of the Chicago Interfaith Family School.

More information, including the trailer, is at the film’s website.

Sunday School: 4 @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Oct 20 @ 10:50 am – 12:05 pm

This Sunday is the COA Opening Ceremony.

Rehearsal at 9:30 am

Mentor and Parent Training at 12:15 pm -1:00 pm

 

Adult Group: “Leaps of Faiths” Film Excerpts Viewing & Discussion @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Track 1: “Leaps of Faiths” Film Excerpts Viewing and Discussion with David Kovacs (GYM)

Introducing “Leaps of Faiths” — a new ground-breaking documentary about interfaith marriage

Sneak Preview and Discussion

Sunday, October 20

Leaps of Faiths explores what happens when love is tested by faith, and faith is tested by love, in interfaith couples and families.  How are they raising their children?  What do they feel about their faith – and their partner’s?  And in a world that’s increasingly polarized and tribal, does religion divide, or can it help people cross borders?  As multi-culturalism abounds in the U.S., 80% of Reform Jews who married from 2013-2018 intermarried, and a majority of American Jews today are partnered with someone of a different cultural or religious background. A Jew and a Christian may have grown up looking at the other faith as “over there” or “the other” … but when they fall in love, that’s no longer possible.  They’re family, and that’s when things get really interesting.

Since it premiered at the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival and on WTTW (PBS in Chicago) Leaps of Faiths has reached over 25,000 people.  It features Steve and Cokie Roberts, Susan Katz Miller and interfaith clergy and families from Chicago area interfaith education programs.

Presenting clips and discussing the film will be David Kovacs, Co-Director and Co-Producer. He and his wife Patty are one of the founding families of the Chicago Interfaith Family School.

More information, including the trailer, is at the film’s website.

Oct
27
Sun
Gathering: Celebrating Simchat Torah & All Saints Day @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:40 am

A visiting rabbi candidate will offer a reflection.

Sunday School: 5 @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Oct 27 @ 10:50 am – 12:05 pm
Adult Group: Led by a Jewish Leader Candidate @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Oct 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Adult Group: Led by a Jewish Leader Candidate (GYM)

Nov
3
Sun
Interfaith Couples Workshop Series: Session 1 @ Takoma Park Presbyterian Church
Nov 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Workshops in Growing as a Jewish/Christian Couple

Are you in an interfaith marriage and want tools and support for living with two faiths?

Are you in an interfaith relationship and trying to determine whether marriage will work?

Do you have questions about how to raise your children? Deal with extended family? Celebrate both Christian and Jewish holidays?

The series will be led by Rev. Julia Jarvis, Spiritual Director of IFFP with Father Michael Kelly of St. Martin of Tours, with a total of over 60 years of experience in marrying & counseling interfaith couples. The series is cumulative, so please plan to attend all sessions.

We are honored to also be joined by author and IFFP member Susan Katz Miller. Susan Katz Miller is the author of “Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family” and her NEW book, “The Interfaith Family Journal”. Make sure to check out Susan’s blog, where you can find lots of valuable stories about her journey in the world of interfaith families.

Nov
17
Sun
Gathering @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 10:40 am
Sunday School: 6 @ Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
Nov 17 @ 10:50 am – 12:05 pm

IFFP News

More from the IFFP blog

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

By IFFP Member Jimmy Mrose The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:21-35) "Then Peter approaching asked Jesus, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but...

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Including Children in Your Interfaith Group

Including Children in Your Interfaith Group

By Patty Kovacs - originally appeared in Dovetail September 1997 It seems not so long ago, right? You were seriously dating, and often asking: What will we do aboutthe children? Now that child holds tightly onto your hand and the question takes a different spin:...

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Honor Thy Father and Mother-In-Law

Honor Thy Father and Mother-In-Law

By Zev Davis From Dovetail June 2005 When we are born we are blessed by a mother and a father and all other family members they bring to us. They raise us from childhood until the time comes to strike out on our own. After we marry, we become part of our spouse’s...

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On Being Both

Be sure to read On Being Both, a wonderful blog about interfaith life by IFFP member Sue Katz Miller, a journalist whose work has appeared in Newsweek, New Scientist, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor.

IFFP is committed to a balance between Jewish and Christian traditions. We rent space but are not affiliated with, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. All Participants at IFFP Gatherings must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or guardian. Contact Us: (301) 770-6337 or Email info@iffp.net. Copyright 1996-2019. All Rights Reserved.