Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement

Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement (IFJE) is an optional specialization within Hebrew College’s Master of Jewish Education (MJEd) Program.

  • time All: For clergy, educators, community leaders & outreach practitioners
  • location Online & Week Summer Residential Seminar
  • duration MJEd: 36 credits. 2 years, full time or 2.5-3 years, part-time. Certificate: 1.5 years.
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The IFJE program enables Jewish professionals of all denominations to acquire the theoretical education and practical skills necessary to provide inclusive and supportive scaffolding to the growing population of interfaith families.

Understand Today’s Reality

Effective Jewish engagement of interfaith couples and families requires specialized knowledge about the relationship between intermarriage and gender; the influence of culture on interfaith marriage; denominational similarities and differences; and the ability to translate knowledge into action that suits the needs of a wide variety of constituencies.

L’dor v’dor…from Generation to Generation

What we do today will shape the future of Jewish life in America. Clergy, educators, leaders and practitioners all play key roles in both outreach and engagement of families; success helps to strengthen and enhance Jewish peoplehood, community and values, improving the world from generation to generation.

Skills and Tools: Real-World Application

Students gain insight on the best practices for outreach and engagement, applying what they have learned in class to their professional lives and fieldwork.

Who Should Apply?

The IFJE program provides clergy, educators, community leaders and outreach practitioners with the knowledge and innovative skills to support the growing population of interfaith families, engaging them in Jewish life. Candidates range from early career educators who are choosing to focus in this area as they begin their professional employment, to experienced clergy, heads of school, and community directors who have interfaith families in their congregations and schools.

Specialization in IFJE

  • Master in Jewish Education with IFJE Specialization. Students may specialize in IFJE within a Master of Jewish Education degree program. The 36-credit degree, which includes supervised field experience, may be completed in two years as a full-time student or in three years as a part-time student. Learn more about our MJEd program.

IFJE Courses

All courses are available online except for the Summer Weeklong Residential Seminar.

Jewish Intermarriage in the Modern American Context (online) 3
Models and Methods for Serving Interfaith Families (online)3
Weeklong Seminar (residential)

Biblical, Rabbinic and Contemporary Perspectives on Intermarriage and Conversion (online)

Faces and Fictions of Intermarriage (online)

MJEd candidates are also required to write a publishable thesis and complete field experience


The Student Experience

Students join a dynamic community of online learners from around the country and world in an interactive virtual classroom with Hebrew College faculty. The program utilizes the Schoology cloud-based learning platform. Weekly classes are asynchronous to accommodate individual schedules, work, and family responsibilities.

Contact Info

Debrah Ron
Schoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
Hebrew College

Ready to Register?

Application Deadline: Fall: May 15, with a priority deadline of March 1. Spring November 15