The holiday season can be a stressful time, especially for couples who come from different faith backgrounds, and Temple Israel is holding a class designed to alleviate some of that stress.
“Sometimes we get caught up in the wrong questions and unintentionally lose our respect for the diversity of religions in our families,” Rabbi Josh Brown said.
On December 8, Rabbi Brown will lead a discussion entitled, “A Kosher Christmas,” the title of which is taken from a book by Joshua Eli Plaut, “A Kosher Christmas: ‘Tis the Season to Be Jewish,” which “portrays how Jews are shaping the public and private character of Christmas by transforming December into a joyous holiday season belonging to all Americans.”
The purpose of the class is help Jews feel comfortable during a season dominated by Christmas cheer.
“[The class] is for anybody who’s interested in how to feel Jewish during Christmas, especially this year, with Hanukkah not falling anywhere near Christmas,” Rabbi Brown said.
Rabbi Brown will also discuss “how to adapt your family’s traditions to be respectful both of Jewish tradition while also respecting members of your family who observe other traditions.”
“A Kosher Christmas,” open to all, will take place on Sunday, December 8 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Temple Israel.