Birmingham’s Beth-El hosting interfaith Shabbat weekend

There will be an Interfaith Shabbat Weekend featuring scholar in residence Keren McGinity in Birmingham the weekend of March 8.

McGinity is United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism’s interfaith specialist, and a research associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University.

On March 8 at 9 a.m., there will be a breakfast meet and greet for weekend sponsors.

At noon, there will be a Lunch and Learn at Temple Emanu-El, “Sacred Grandparenting: Raising Resilient Jewish Children in Interfaith Homes.” She will discuss how grandparents are key bridges to Jewish identity for grandchildren, and give best practices and information from the National Jewish Grandparents Study and intergenerational best practices will be discussed. Lunch will be served, and reservations are requested.

At 5:45 p.m., there will be an interfaith-friendly Kabbalat Shabbat service at Temple Beth-El, featuring Dalia Abrams. A dinner featuring Warren’s Famous Fried Chicken and dialogue, “A Rabbi and a Scholar-Advocate Walk Into a Shul,” will be approximately 7 p.m, with McGinity and Beth-El Rabbi Steven Henkin highlighting various ways intermarriage is discussed in America.

During the 9:30 a.m. service at Beth-El on March 9, McGinity will speak on “Living Our Values: Torah from a Jew Named McGinity.” After lunch, she will speak on “Interfaith Matters: The New Narrative about Intermarriage and Conservative Judaism,” explaining the narrative that sees intermarriage as an opportunity, and a path to a strong Jewish future.

At 6:30 p.m., there will be an Interfaith Celebration at Monday Night Brewing, with vegetarian tacos, a cash bar and a raffle. McGinity will give a short presentation, “Faith Off: What Can We Learn from Pop Culture,” exploring how interfaith couples and parenting are omnipresent in popular culture, including “Sex and the City” and Jon Stewart.

Thank You Books will be at the evening event with McGinity’s books for sale.

The weekend is supported by the Birmingham Jewish Foundation and the Temple Beth-El Foundation. The Sacred Grandparenting event is supported by the Grafman Endowment Fund of Temple Emanu-El.

Reservations can be made for the evening events on the Beth-El website. The Shabbat dinner is $25 for adults, $12 for ages 12 and under, and the March 9 celebration is $30. Sponsorships are available.