Dinner date: 11 May 2012
Guests: Carter and Sam Polakoff, Oliver Schein and Nadine Fontain, Karin Batterton
Analogy: Beth Am is like no other synagogue. This kind of outreach is very unusual and it is great fun getting to know people one has seen for years in the neighborhood but has never gotten together with or has seen at Beth Am but never really had the opportunity to talk to.
Story: People talked about what it was like to meet each other’s families for the first time in situations where each family was from a different cultural and religious background. Misinformation and even expressed anti-Semitic feelings abounded. Parents of young children also said their children loved going to Beth Am, an experience that was very unlike their own as children.