INTERFAITH SURVEY: for interfaith couples and families, and individuals who grew up in interfaith households

 
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the JCC of Greater Baltimore have formed a task force and are working together to learn more about interfaith couples and families in the Baltimore Jewish community. If you or someone you know is in an interfaith relationship or family, we encourage you to participate in or forward this anonymous survey. This survey is specifically for:

1. couples (Jewish and non-Jewish partner)
2. parents (of adult children in interfaith relationships)
3. grandparents (of grandchildren in interfaith families)
4. adult children (who grew up in interfaith families)

The responses to the enclosed survey will be reviewed by the members of the Interfaith Task Force and other organizations who are seeking strategies for better welcoming, engaging and supporting interfaith couples and families in our Jewish community. Thank you in advance for your participation.

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1. What is your connection to an interfaith relationship? Check all that apply
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2. Which of these most accurately describes how you were RAISED, and if applicable indicate how your significant other, child(ren), and/or grandchild(ren) were or are being raised? (Select ALL that apply)
SelfPartnerChild/renGrandchild/ren
Jewish
Jewish and something else
A religion other than Judaism
No religion
Undecided
Other
N/A
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3. Which of the following do you most identify with TODAY, and if applicable indicate how your significant other, child(ren), and/or grandchild(ren) identify themselves? (Select ALL that apply)
SelfPartnerChild/renGrandchild/ren
Jewish
Jewish and something else
A religion other than Judaism
No religion
Undecided
Other
N/A
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4. The 2010 Baltimore Jewish Community study showed that few interfaith families are affiliated with a synagogue or other Jewish institutions. What do you think the reasons for this are? Check all that apply
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5. In your experience, how welcoming are these Baltimore Jewish community institutions to interfaith couples and families? Please rank on a scale of 1 to 5 (1-Not at All Welcoming; 5-Very Welcoming).
1 Not at all2345 Very welcomingUnknown
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore
Jewish Community Center (JCC)
Other Associated agencies
Synagogues
Youth groups
Jewish preschools
Jewish day schools
Congregational/Religious schools
Jewish camps (day and overnight)
6. In your experience, what are the challenges facing interfaith families concerning engaging in Jewish life and community?
7. Please share with us any experiences where you, your partner, or family member in an interfaith relationship felt most welcomed by the Baltimore Jewish Community?
8. Please share with us any experiences where you, your partner, or family member in an interfaith relationship felt unwelcomed or excluded in the Jewish community?
9. Are you aware of any ways in which the Baltimore Jewish Community currently welcomes and/or supports interfaith families? If so please describe below.
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10. Have you ever used any of the following resources? (check all that apply)
11. If you answered yes to question 10 above, please describe your experience with the organization(s). What programs or services have you taken advantage of?
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12. Which of the following, if any, would you or a family member be interested in learning more about?
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13. How would you like to learn more about the items listed in question 12?
14. Are there any other ways the Baltimore Jewish community could help you and your family feel more welcomed and/or supported?
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