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  • Leslie S.
    Being a Jewish/blended family as Hannukah starts on Christmas Eve

    Hannukah and Christmas have always been celebrated in our family—our kids came older (8 to 14) and not Jewish (nor is my husband, who was raised Catholic but now identifies…

  • DebbieFFW
    Jewish Adoption Weekend - our 7th year!

    Forever Families Weekend — for Jewish Families Touched by Adoption

    The NJ Y Camps has opened registration for the seventh annual Forever Families Weekend, a family weekend experience for Jewish families touched by adoption.  The program will run from June 5-7, 2015.
    Families will have the opportunity to think consciously about their roles in both the Jewish community and the adoption community while enjoying a weekend at one of the largest Jewish summer camps in North America.  Since 1960, the Center for Jewish Family Life at the NJ Y Camps has provided top-rated programs for people looking for family fun and the chance to meet new people.
    Parents will have the option to participate in workshops such as Children’s Books and Stories of Adoption, Identity Issues for Adoptees Approaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Acceptance of Transracial Families in the Jewish Community, and Jewish, LGBT, and Parenting by Adoption while their children participate in age-appropriate activities including skill-building workshops aimed at teaching children how to respond to comments and questions about adoption.  Adoption-specific workshops will be facilitated by Forever Families Weekend Founder/Director and 2010 Angel in Adoption Award winner Debbie Schwartz, along with other adoption professionals who will share their experiences as members of Jewish adoptive families, including Maris Blechner, Executive Director Emerita of Family Focus Adoption Services,  Lisa Schuman, LCSW, Director of Adoption Cooperative Consultants and Director of Mental Health Services for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut, and Deb Shrier, Director, Community Program and Development at Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Worcester, Massachusetts.

    NJ Y Camps, which has been running Jewish summer camps for more than 90 years, will provide space and programming support.  Participants will be able to take full advantage of the NJY facilities, including the high and low ropes adventure courses, boating, swimming, arts and crafts, athletics, and much more.  All meals at the camp are kosher and optional Shabbat services will be offered on both Friday evening and Saturday morning.  The all-inclusive program costs $275 per adult.  Children attend free of charge.  Limited camperships are available for families who require financial assistance to attend.  Forever Families Weekend will take place at Camps Cedar Lake and Nah-Jee-Wah in Milford, Pennsylvania.

    For more information about this program, or to receive Forever Families literature, please contact Debbie Schwartz at (914) 656-5308 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  A downloadable flyer describing the program can be accessed at  The camp webpage is located at

  • atempel
    Agencies that work with Jewish Parents

    We’ve been struggling to expand our adoption outreach. Are there any agencies that work with and actually have placements with Jewish Parents? We are reform & have a blended/interfaith extended…

  • RGAdopt
    Passover - The Adoption Connection!

    I posted this on my Facebook page today and thought I’d share ( - On the eve of the Passover Holiday, Jews will gather with their families to tell…

  • DebbieFFW
    Join Us to Explore the Intersection of Judaism and Adoption

    The 2014 Forever Families Weekend for Jewish Families Touched by Adoption will take place June 6th to June 8th at the NJY Camps in Milford, Pennsyvlania.

    Join us for a…

  • jsartori
    Adoption & Jewish Identity Project adoptee story initiative

    The Adoption and Jewish Identity Project is looking for stories!

    Are you, or is someone you know, an adoptee between the ages of 18 and 36 who was raised in…

  • DebbieFFW
    Countdown to Forever Families Weekend 2013

    We are gearing up for our FIFTH year providing a fun-filled, informative, and supportive weekend for Jewish families touched by adoption.  Come for the workshops (for kids and adults) and…

  • diane1
    loving, single, Jewish prospective adoptive mom


    I’m new to the list. I want to adopt a healthy child - three - 10 years old.

    Please keep me in mind if you hear of anyone who…

  • singlewannaadopt
    Conversion of newborn boy

    Hi All-

    Questions so many questions.  I am matched in a domestic private adoption.  Baby boy is due Nov 9.  He may be born slightly premature and has been exposed…

  • 3rdTimesACharm
    bris for older children

    I’m planning on adopting a boy between the ages of 1 and 2 years. I always knew that we’d need to do a bris but now that that day is…

  • Thalas'shaya
    Circumcision now, Mikvah later...

    We’re excited for our new baby boy and his upcoming circumcision.  In accordance with the wishes of our Rabbi, we won’t be taking him to the mikvah until he’s 6…

  • DebbieFFW
    Forever Families Weekend for Jewish Families Touched by Adoption

    The 4th Annual Forever Families Weekend will be held June 8-10, 2012 at the NJY Camps in Milford, Pennsylvnia.  Join other Jewish adoptive families for a weekend of support, education,…

  • KytnRose
    Adoption and conversion

    We are adopting 14 year old girl, and she is is interested in converting. She wants a bat-mitzvah. Any ideas, concerns, reccomendations?

  • Regina

    Hi there,
    I am not Jewish but have, for years chatted with this group at nacac and am on their mailing list. The newsletter said they had a Jewish…

  • 3rdTimesACharm
    Starting Questions

    Hi all,

      I just started my adoption process in August and I’m adopting from DRC. I haven’t shared my news yet with my rabbis or with the community as…

  • AFC Editors
    Welcome Jewish Families!

    No matter what stage of the adoption process you are in, we’re glad you are here to share your experiences with us and other members in this adoption support group.…

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