News Archive

Providence, RI: This article in The Jewish Voice highlights a Hanukkah celebration held for Mothers Circle alumnae and their families as a way to continue to benefits of The Mothers Circle.

Providence, RI:
In this article in The Jewish Voice and Herald, a Mothers Circle alumna describes how her ongoing relationships from the program help her to parent her child Jewishly.

The Mothers Circle Nationwide: This column from the New York Jewish Week describes the phenomenon of women of other backgrounds raising Jewish children holding leadership positions in their local Jewish communities, many of whom became involved in Jewish life through The Mothers Circle.

Portland , OR : The Portland Federation provides an update on Mothers Circle in its progress report for a Community Impact Grant.

Paramus, NJ: This article in the Paramus Patch announces the beginning of a new Mothers Circle Mini Course!

Foster City, CA: This article in San Jose Mercury News mentions Rabbi Lavey Darby and his work with The Mothers Circle in the broader context of the December holiday season.

Toronto, ON: The Candadian Jewish News features an article on the Beth Tzedec Mothers Circle and the move in the Canadian Conservative Jewish Community towards embracing and educating interfaith families.

Dallas , TX : This community listing in the Texas Jewish Post includes a description of the ongoing Mothers Circle programming in the Dallas area.

Dallas, TX: This article in Neighborsgo describes the sense of community and support that Dallas participants gain from participating in The Mothers Circle.

Newtown, PA: This article in the Jewish Exponent describes how Jewish organizations in the greater Philadelphia area are becoming more welcoming to interfaith families. The article includes a description of The Mothers Circle at Congregation Shir Ami.

Minneapolis, MN: This article in TCJewfolk explains the challenges of raising Jewish children when you are not Jewish and the benefits of programs like The Mothers Circle to women in this situation.

Foster City, CA: This article in the San Jose Mercury News describes the beginning of a new Mothers Circle group in that community.

Mothers Circle in Providence, RI: Columnist and Mother Circle Coordinator Kit Haspel mentions a new session of The Mothers Circle beginning in November in her latest column for The Jewish Voice and Herald, about helping Jewish partiners acclimate their non-Jewish spouses during the High Holidays.

Mothers Circle in Portland , OR: This article in The Oregonian features the story of a Portland, OR Mothers Circle participant and how the course helped her to create a Jewish home.

Mothers Circle in Dallas, TX: In this brief article in the Texas Jewish Post, Mothers Circle facilitator Renee Karp explains the benefits of programs for non-Jewish partners in interfaith relationships such as The Mothers Circle.

Mothers Circle in Portland , OR: This article in the Portland Jewish Review highlights the beginning of a new Mothers Circle class in Portland, and features testimonials from previous participants.

Mothers Circle in Indianapolis, IN: Mothers Circle facilitator Patti Freeman Dorson describes the impact of her work with women of other backgrounds raising Jewish children in an interview with the Federation in Indianapolis.

Mothers Circle in New York, NY: Columnist for The New York Jewish Week, Julie Weiner, mentions The Mothers Circle and the work we have done raising the proflie of women of other backgrounds raising Jewish children in her most recent column.

Mothers Circle in Providence, RI: This article in The Jewish Voice and Herald describes the closing ceremony of the Providence Mothers Circle and the course's impact on participants.

Mothers Circle in Providence, RI: This article in The Jewish Voice and Herald highlights an "Ask the Rabbi" event in which local rabbis spoke to Mothers Circle participants about choosing a spiritual home.

Mothers Circle Online: the Partnership for Effective Learning and Innovative Education (PELIE) featured an article about The Mothers Circle by Mothers Circle national coordinator Marley Weiner in its June 2011 newsletter.

Mothers Circle Online: Food blogger Tori Avey of "The Shiksa in the Kitchen" recently posted and reviewed a Passover-friendly chocolte chip cookie recipe from our Mothers Circle Cookbook!

Mothers Circle in Greater Hartford, CT: This article in the Avon Patch about the Chai Center for Jewish Life describes The Mothers Circle as one of the Center's most successful programs!

Mothers Circle in Providence, RI: This article by Mothers Circle facilitator Kit Haspel addresses the complex question of 'Who is a Jew?"

Mothers Circle in Pittsfield, MA: The Berkshire Jewish Voice featured an article about an upcoming Mothers Circle at the Federation (on page 23).

Mothers Circle in Providence, RI: The Jewish Voice and Herald features the story of a family affected by The Mothers Circle in an article about the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.

Mothers Circle Nationwide: The Huffington Post features an article about The Mothers Circle and how intermarried families prepare for Hanukkah, particularly those who are celebrating for the first time as an interfaith family.  

Mothers Circle in Portland, OR: This article from the Portland Jewish Review announces the creation of a new interfaith families camping initiative with The Mothers Circle as one of its partners.

Mothers Circle in Providence, RI: This article in The Jewish Voice and Herald highlights a recent challah baking session and Shabbat family dinner for participants in this year’s Mothers Circle.

Mothers Circle in Hartford, CT: The Hartford Courant highlights local Mothers Circle participants, who were honored at JOI’s Annual Tribute Evening in early November. The article features The Mothers Circle journey of Libby Doyle, a Greater Hartford Mothers Circle alumna who spoke at the Tribute Evening on behalf of more than 1000 Mothers Circle participants nationwide.

Mothers Circle in Providence, RI: The Providence press featured two articles about the December holidays and The Mothers Circle. The Providence Journal released an article about local Mothers Circle participants finding a balance between celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah in their homes. Also, Mothers Circle facilitator Kit Haspel wrote a column for the Jewish Voice and Herald about the December Dilemma and how interfaith families can work through any challenges.

Mothers Circle in Huntington, NY: Click here to read about Temple Beth El’s High Holiday crash course for prospective Mothers Circle participants.

Mothers Circle in Portland: The Portland Jewish Review includes the stories of Mothers Circle participants in its article on Jewish communal resources in the Portland area.

Mothers Circle Rhode Island: The Jewish Voice & Herald recently featured the participants of the Rhode Island Mothers Circle group.

Mothers Circle Nationwide: Former Atlanta Mothers Circle member Jennifer Thompson (who is also on JOI’s adult children of intermarriage project advisory committee) wrote to advocate for recognition of the women of The Mothers Circle in The Forward and her article quickly became one of the site’s most-read articles.

Mothers Circle in Portland: Two recent articles featuring the Mothers Circle. Coverage of a panel discussion titled, “Investing for the Future During Challenging Times,” which will feature representatives from the Portland Mothers Circle program, and a piece featuring participants and information about the program.

Mothers Circle in Baltimore: A wonderful article in the Baltimore Jewish Times, titled, “ How interfaith couples establish a Jewish family life,” featured participants in our Baltimore Mothers Circle.

Mothers Circle in Woodland Hills: Click here to read about the Mothers Circle in Temple Aliyah of Woodland Hills, CA, currently under way.

Mothers Circle in Brooklyn: The first Mothers Cirlce in Brooklyn recently launched, with a great feature in the Examiner explaining the program.

Mothers Circle in Portland: The women of the Portland Mothers Circle, along with their spouses and extended family, celebrated the completion of their circle recently with a tour of Jewish Portland.

Mothers Circle in Scotch Plains: The Scotch Plains, NJ Mothers Circle, had extensive coverage on the website Patch.com. Click here to check it out!

Mothers Circle in Kentucky: This past May, the Louisville chapter of the Mothers Circle successfully completed their first year. Congratulations!

Mothers Circle in Rhode Island:
The website Kidoinfo.com has a great feature on the Mothers Circle group in Providence!

Mothers Circle in New York:
An article in the Journal News (covering lower Hudson Valley) announced the second year of the area's Mothers Circle group.

Mothers Circle in Rhode Island:
After a very successful inaugural year, the Rhode Island Mothers Circle is already planning for their next group. Past participants were so excitied, one even wrote a wonderfully supportive letter to the editor!

Mothers Circle in New York: The Mothers Circle was featured in the New York Jewish Week as part of a series called "What's Working: New Paths to Jewish Engagement."

Mothers Circle in Pennsylvania:
Click here to read about an article from the Jewish Chronicle about the inaugural Mothers Circle course currently underway in Pittsburgh.

Mothers Circle in the News: Check out the April 4th, 2008 edition of the Wall Street Journal for a great article featuring The Mothers Circle!

Mothers Circle in New York:
The Mothers Circle was featured in the New York Jewish Week as part of a series called "What's Working: New Paths to Jewish Engagement."

Mothers Circle in Pennsylvania:
Click here to read about an article from the Jewish Chronicle about the inaugural Mothers Circle course currently underway in Pittsburgh.

Mothers Cirlce in San Francisco:
The J Weekly offered some tips for cooking tasty Mothers Day treats.

Mothers Circle in Rhode Island:
Intermarried families were profiled for a piece in the Providence Journal about Passover.

Mothers Cirlce on NPR:
“Where We Live,” a show on Connecticut public radio, devoted a full episode to intermarriage.  The host interviewed Arnold Dashefsky, the UConn professor who authored the study "Intermarriage and Jewish Journey's in the United States," as well as an interfaith couple enrolled in Mothers Circle. Click here to listen.

"Up to Date," a show on Kansas City public radio, recently spoke with Mothers Circle facilitator Rabbi Linda Stiegman about the "December Dillema." Click here to listen.

The Mothers Circle in Pennsylvania:
Click here to check out the Mothers Circle group in Harrisburg.

The Mothers Circle in Portland:
The Mothers Circle group of Portland, OR was featured in The Oregonian! Click here to read the November 22nd article.

The Mothers Circle in Washington, DC: Click here to read about the Washington, DC Mothers Circle group.

The Mothers Circle in the North Shore:
The North Shore, MA Mothers Circle group was recently featured in The Salem News! Click here to read about what the participants are doing to get ready for the holiday season.

The Mothers Circle in Boston: The April 5th edition of the Boston Globe featured an excellent piece on Passover classes that are offered as part of the MC Course in Boston.

The Mothers Circle in Kansas City:
Click here to read the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle article about the Mothers Cirlce and what the community is doing overall to welcome in interfaith families.

The Mothers Circle in Rhode Island: Click here to read about the Mothers Circle course participants of Rhode Island in this feature from the Warwick Beacon.

The Boston, MA Mothers Circle program, which recently launched in January, was profiled in the February 15th edition of The Jewish Advocate.

The Mothers Circle program, soon to be launched in Springfield, MA, and many of the women involved with the already existing Northampton, MA program were featured in the February 4th edition of The Republican.

Mothers Circle on the Radio: On December 13, 2007, a St. Louis Mothers Circle course participant was featured on KWMU's St. Louis on the Air program. The topic of the show was "the dilemma faced during the month of December by those who do not celebrate Christmas." You can listen to a recording of the show here.

Mothers Circle Moms Celebrate Hanukkah: Read about how Mothers Circle course participants from the Baltimore area celebrated Hanukkah with their families in this article from the December 4 th edition of the Baltimore Sun.

 

 


Mothers Circle course
facilitators and coordinators from across the country gathered on October 14-16, 2007 in Washington D.C. at the Jewish Outreach Institute's National Conference. Included in the conference was a special Mothers Circle track that provided facilitators and coordinators with training and networking opportunities. Conference participants returned home energized and armed with new strategies and tools to help them reach out to mothers of other religious backgrounds in their communities.

Mothers Circle featured in the Towson Jeffersonian: The July 11, 2007 issue of the Towson Jeffersonian reported on The Mothers Circle course, which is being offered this fall in the Baltimore area through the Owings Mills' Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Jewish Community Center. The article can be viewed by clicking here.

Mothers Circle in The Baltimore Jewish Times: The May 24, 2007 edition of The Baltimore Jewish Times ran an article on The Mothers Circle entitled, "Going In Circle." The article can be viewed by clicking here.

Mothers Circle Featured in Jewish Ledger: The March 28th edition of the Jewish Ledger announced the start of the new Mothers Circle course beginning in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Mothers Circle Featured in Hadassah Magazine: The March 2007 issue of Hadassah Magazine included a piece on the Mothers Circle. You can find it on page 36 in the "Cut and Post" section, or view it by clicking here.

Mothers Circle Panel Session: A panel of Mothers Circle participants and alumni met to discuss their choices in raising Jewish families. The event took place on Monday, February 12, 2007 at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta North Metro Campus, and was a resounding success. The Atlanta Jewish Times covered this event, and published an article along with a photo montage (which you can view here in PDF) about the panel.

Mothers Circle on the Radio: On Sunday, February 4, Mothers Circle participants and Atlanta Mothers Circle Rabbi Alvin Sugarman discussed Raising Jewish Children When You’re Not with Atlanta Jewish Times reporter Marcy Levinson on Atlanta's AM 1690 WMLB. If you missed the first broadcast, you can still hear a recording of the show, "Jewish Brunch With the JT Bunch," in MP3 format (click here to listen using Real Audio Player). For more info, check out this article from the Jewish Times about The Mothers Circle. February 4, 2007

Mothers Circle Featured in Kansas City Jewish Chronicle: Columnist Brendan Howard published an article in the February 2nd edition of the Jewish Chronicle about the success of the Kansas City chapter of the Mothers Circle, led by Tamara Lawson Schuster. The article presents the experiences and viewpoints of both Mothers Circle facilitators and participants. February 2, 2007

Mothers Circle Featured in St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The St. Louis Mothers Circle appeared in an article by Post-Dispatch religion columnist D. Paul Harris. In the article, facilitator and coordinator Marci Boyer discusses the success of the Mothers Circle, and participants share their experiences. January 27, 2007

Q&A in Atlanta: In January of 2007, Rabbi Kerry Olitzky spoke about intermarriage to a group at the Barnes & Noble at 120 Perimeter Center West. January 21, 2007

Mothers Circle Media Update: An article about The Mothers Circle appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called "Jewish Group Helps Moms Outside Faith" September 22, 2006

Shabbat Dinner in the News: Here you can read an article about The Mothers Circle Shabbat (Sabbath) dinner in Hartford, CT. June 8, 2006

The Mothers Circle at the Georgia Aquarium! In February 2006, the Mothers Circle had a booth at the Jewish Community event in the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. February 27, 2006

An article about us! The Atlanta Kids Directory published a brief article about The Mothers Circle in their March-April edition. February 17, 2006