Regrettably, it is necessary to ask Jewish leaders at this time: Are interfaith families part of the diversity of the community that we want to be included?
Thought leaders, including Sid Schwarz, Steven Windmueller and Cindy Chazan, have noted the huge production of Jewish content available online in response to the pandemic. But aside from ongoing efforts by 18Doors, no extensive content or experiences have been developed with interfaith families in mind – with any focus either on making content accessible to them, or marketing to them in targeted ways.
This is an opportunity that could be seized after the pandemic ends that could lead to engaging many more interfaith families.
Thought leaders have also noted that the fear and isolation stemming from the pandemic have generated increased interest in spiritual community. The Pew Research Center reports that many Americans, though fewer Jews than other groups, say their faith has become stronger. There is reason to believe that partners from different faith backgrounds are likely to be even more interested in spiritual expression than their Jewish partners.