From member Emily Eisbruch and Rabbi Michal:
Rabbi Michal, Jon Sweeney and their daughter Sima recently traveled to Duluth, MN to participate in a Friday night presentation and a Sunday morning discussion on Intermarriage. They were sponsored by Temple Israel in Duluth, which is affiliated with both the Union for Reform Judaism and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. We thought it would be great to learn about their experience in Duluth. They have kindly agreed to participate in a bit of Q&A for this blog.
Q: We know that you have spoken in the past on intermarriage and it was the theme of your 2013 book “Crazy Mixed Up Love.” How did the trip to Duluth come about?
A: Rabbi David Steinberg is a Reconstructionist colleague of mine and a friend of ours with an interest in the topic. The synagogue has an annual interfaith themed funded lecture program, which was officially our host.
Q: What were you expecting and what did you find in Duluth? Any surprises concerning the city or the congregation?