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Circles of Welcome

The early years of partnership and parenting can be a lonely time, especially in New York City. It’s especially complicated for couples from different religious backgrounds, or who are unresolved about how (or if) to incorporate Judaism into their lives.

Circles of Welcome is an exciting new program for couples in their first few years of a committed partnership or parenting. The program seeks to connect couples with shared interests and questions, creating a unique community designed to discuss such important issues as holiday observance and raising children.

We'll explore how to build a Jewish community and what a Jewish home looks like--on your terms. With the support of a mentor and an intimate cohort of other couples mirroring your life stage, Circles of Welcome lets you choose your own path of Jewish learning.

Groups of five to seven couples will meet monthly in neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn beginning in October 2016. The year will culminate in a Shabbat retreat.

Cost: $180 per couple for the year (Financial assistance available.)

For more information, please contact Rabbi Miriam Farber Wajnberg at

Circles of Welcome is made possible by The Covenant Foundation, The Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation, The Neshamot Fund: Westchester Women’s Impact Philanthropy Group/UJA Federation of New York in Westchester, The Genesis Prize Foundation, and The Jewish Funders Network.

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