• Our Living Stories: Celebrating a Year of Interfaith Family Journeys

    Our Living Stories: Celebrating a Year of Interfaith Family Journeys


  • PRESS RELEASE: Interfaith Families Project Says Farewell to Reverend Beth McCracken-Harness, Director of Religious Education

    PRESS RELEASE: Interfaith Families Project Says Farewell to Reverend Beth McCracken-Harness, Director of Religious Education

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE North Bethesda, Maryland – June 5, 2024 – The Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington (IFFP) bids a fond farewell to Reverend Beth McCracken-Harness, who is stepping down as Director of Religious Education after 15 years of dedicated service. Rev. Beth’s last day at IFFP was June 2, 2024. During her tenure, Rev. Beth has…

  • Interfaith Families Tell Their Stories

    Interfaith Families Tell Their Stories

    At the start of fall, Rabbi Debbie and Reverend Sam introduced the theme for the year: “Our Living Stories.” This theme was the inspiration for an IFFP storytelling event entitled: Real Life Stories from Interfaith Families, held on April 28th at Busboys and Poets: Takoma Park. The sold-out evening celebrated the power of stories and…

  • Rabbi Debbie’s Supplemental Haggadah Readings for Passover 2024

    Rabbi Debbie’s Supplemental Haggadah Readings for Passover 2024

    Passover this year feels different from previous years. The world is in great turmoil; tensions are high and tempers are frayed. As you gather around your Seder table, you might be looking for some different perspectives for yourselves or to share. Below are some readings I have collected in light of this. Many of them…

  • Embracing the Sacred Connection: Earth Day Reflections on the Tree of Life

    Embracing the Sacred Connection: Earth Day Reflections on the Tree of Life

    As Earth Day approaches this year, falling on April 22nd, 2024, it prompts us to pause and reflect on the profound environmental challenges our planet faces. The roots of our environmental consciousness often intertwine with spiritual and religious teachings, emphasizing our interconnectedness with the natural world. This sentiment is echoed across diverse faith traditions, from…

  • Embracing the Sacred Silence: Finding Comfort and Connection in Moments of Quiet Reflection

    Embracing the Sacred Silence: Finding Comfort and Connection in Moments of Quiet Reflection

    There is that sacred silent moment on Shabbat when the candles have just been lit and hands gently wave in the air and cover one’s eyes. There is that sacred silent moment during prayer when your hands are clasped together, your eyes close, and your head gently bows down. There is that sacred silent moment…

  • Believing in the Impossible: Lessons from Easter and Diana Nyad

    Believing in the Impossible: Lessons from Easter and Diana Nyad

    Diana Nyad wanted nothing more than to achieve the impossible. Her last name “Nyad” means water nymph and she took that name very seriously. In the 1970s Diana, had become famous for attempting these long-distance, seemingly impossible swims. She swam around the island of Manhattan (water most people actively avoid) and from the Bahamas to Florida. But…

  • Passover and Easter: Food from an Interfaith Family 

    Passover and Easter: Food from an Interfaith Family 

    When I was a child, in our house we celebrated both Passover and Easter. This may seem like a very hard thing to do, given the many dietary restrictions during Passover. Believing that both sides should be given an equal chance to celebrate these two holidays, our family solved this problem. We adhered to the…

  • IFFP Featured in “Faith & Leadership” A Learning Resource at Duke Divinity School

    IFFP Featured in “Faith & Leadership” A Learning Resource at Duke Divinity School

    “On a chilly Sunday morning in a Rockville, Maryland, classroom, a group of eighth graders is deep into a discussion about whether there’s an afterlife and — if so — what it might entail. A few fairly standard depictions of heaven and hell give way to questions about reincarnation, reunion with lost loved ones, karma,…

  • Navigating Identity: The Complex Story of Jewish Name Changes in 20th Century America

    Navigating Identity: The Complex Story of Jewish Name Changes in 20th Century America

    This blog post serves as a summarization of the thought-provoking presentation by IFFP member Stanley Drake. The original video, available on YouTube, captures a deep dive into the complexities of Jewish name changes in 20th-century America. In this insightful conversation, Stanley Drake explores the motivations, challenges, and societal dynamics that led many Jewish individuals and…

  • Naming Children: What Interfaith Families Consider

    Naming Children: What Interfaith Families Consider

    Most couples give a lot of thought to choosing names for their children. They think about the sound of the name, how it might come to be shortened, what the initials might spell out. They think about what other people have had that name, how unusual or how common it might be. Sometimes they struggle…

  • Teaching Holocaust History to Interfaith Kids – A Personal Journey

    Teaching Holocaust History to Interfaith Kids – A Personal Journey

    As January unfolds, our thoughts turn to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, observed annually on January 27th. This date holds significant historical importance as the United Nations General Assembly designated it in remembrance of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This solemn day serves as a global tribute to honor the victims, survivors, and the collective memory of…

  • Dilemmas or Delights? :  Interfaith December Holiday Stories

    Dilemmas or Delights? : Interfaith December Holiday Stories

    By: Rabbi Debbie Reichmann and Reverend Samantha Gonzalez-Block It’s that time of the year again when interfaith families try to balance their celebrations of Christmas and Chanukah. It’s viewed as a season of negotiations and compromises (Can we have a Christmas tree…how about a Chanukah bush? How many presents should we give the kids…eight…ten…none? Whose…

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