Zaidye, Grandpa and passing along traditions

Intermarriage is a consequence of life in a liberal society, but what can grandparents do to pass on their traditions to their grandchildren?

In the U.S., which is a generation or two ahead of Canada in intermarriage statistics, there is a new movement called The Grandparents Circle.

The program, created by the Jewish Outreach Institute in Los Angeles, suggests pathways to nurture a Jewish identity in grandchildren.

In what appears to be a first for Montreal, Rabbi Ron Aigen at Congregation Dorshei Emet, the Reconstructionist synagogue in Hampstead, is launching a grandparents’ circle October 28 to November 25.

It’s a free, five-session program for Jewish grandparents whose children are intermarried.

With Aigen as a guide, grandparents will explore ways to share Jewish heritage and nurture Jewish identity among grandkids. The sessions provide an opportunity to connect and share with other grandparents.

Family Fun events are planned on Jewish holidays for grandparents and their grandkids.

Info and registration: Robyn Bennett, 514-486-9400 or

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