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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 program for couples in their first few years of a committed partnership or parenting. The program connects 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 at the same life stage, Circles of Welcome lets you select your own path of Jewish learning.

Find a Circle that works for you based on your schedule or location, choosing from our yearlong Circles, which meet monthly for 10 months, or our two--month experience, which meets every other week and starts at different points throughout the year. And join the entire Circles of Welcome community for events including retreats, Shabbat dinners, and holiday celebrations all year long!

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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