The 2016 Thanksgiving Oceanside Community Interfaith Service was held at Temple Avodah.
Interfaith. That’s an interesting word as it relates to any religious organization. To be clear, Temple Avodah does not hold interfaith services…it does, however, welcome interfaith families with open arms and true warmth. There are approximately 60 participating interfaith families at our temple and my family has been one of them for eighteen years.
Our interfaith committee exists to assist you in any way we can. We feel strongly that both Jewish and non-Jewish members feel comfortable in our house of worship and we are happy to provide thoughts, guidance, advice, answers, or just someone to talk with.
If you are a current member or a family considering Temple Avodah, please reach out to us at the emails below. We would be delighted to set a time to speak with you, answer any question you might have, meet you at services, introduce you to other interfaith families, or anything else you might come up with.
Try us, you’ll like us. There is nothing to lose and a house of worship filled with wonderful people to gain.
For more information e-mail our Committee members:
Think back to your fondest memories – they almost always revolve around family. So let’s talk about the non-Jewish grandparents? Can they be part of my child’s Jewish/Temple life?
Absolutely! A child who knows his or her grandparents is a fortunate child. All relatives, especially grandparents, are welcome to attend services and events at the synagogue and your child’s religious school. Shabbat dinner on Friday nights constitutes a special time for family gatherings that should certainly include grandparents. Grandparents can share family stories, customs, and jokes. A child’s relationship with a grandparent is a treasure and should be nurtured.
True story – My adult daughter often explains the difference in her grandmothers this way… “One Friday night when I was singing with the junior choir (at temple) my grandparents came. One grandma came in wearing a white blouse with a lace collar and a light blue sweater (ala the Church lady), my other grandma came with a leather jacket.” Great picture, but what’s really important is that she remembers they were both there in Temple supporting her.
So, bring them along. Try it, you’ll like it!
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