Fiddler on the Roof, JR. Community Events
An Engaging Cultural Experience. Join Us!
Interfaith Relationships: The Heart of the Matter
Thursday, February 22 | 7 - 8:30 pm
Join us for an engaging panel discussion with a Q & A
Free to the community. Must RSVP.
About our engaging evening...
The central idea is to provide education around the topic of interfaith marriages and relationships in concern with the JPAS Production of Fiddler on the Roof, JR. by way of using the ideas that show up in the musical as the jumping point for conversation. How Jewish life and the community have evolved and are evolving; how some traditions are being challenged and how new traditions are being formed.
The J will provide an inviting, safe, non-judgmental space offering a community event to "start the conversation." The idea is to mindfully share thoughts and perspectives on this often charged topic, with a desire to reach common ground - the willingness to have the conversation in an open-minded forum, that is respectful of where others may be in their process and their beliefs and to hear each others' needs and wants as our society and community progresses in the 21 century.
Meet Your Discussion Guides
Joy Schwartz is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Intern, Supervised by Ken Johnson, Ph.D., Certified Career, Transition, and Development Coach, and Certified Executive Coach. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Amberton University, and a Bachelor's of Science in Business from Ohio State University. Joy's professional experience is the foundation for her counseling practice. Her experience as a recruiter, career coach, and talent development manager enables her to provide organizational context and perspective on challenges her clients face at work and in life. Joy is also skilled in integrating leading practices from counseling with creative approaches based on her clients' individual situation.
Jane Larkin is the author of From Generation to Generation: A Story of Intermarriage and Jewish Continuity, which Kirkus Reviews calls, "An enlightening, encouraging take on the complexities of religious intermarriage." Her work has appeared in InterfaithFamily, Forward, Tablet, Kveller, The Jewish Journal Massachusetts, Jewish Exponent, ReformJudaism.org, The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education and other outlets. Jane is also the director of small groups and community engagement at Temple Emanu-El overseeing conversion, interfaith, and small-group programs.
Jaynie Schultz leads the Schultz Family Foundation, a leader of innovation in the Jewish community. They have partnered with Interfaith Family to create a new program for non-Jewish grandparents of Jewish children. Jaynie is a lifelong Dallasite and serves on the Dallas City Plan Commission. She and her husband, Ron Romaner (the challah man) have raised six children in the Jewish community of Dallas.
Rabbi Daniel Utley
Ordained in 2016 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles, California, Rabbi Utley earned an M.A. in Hebrew Letters and an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. His capstone project for HUC-JIR was entitled, "Maimonides, Mitzvot and Me," and through it Rabbi Utley explored Reform perspectives on halachah, or Jewish law. Rabbi Utley is dedicated to innovation in Jewish learning, worship and communal engagement. He has written curricula for use with young adults in the Jewish camp setting and for experiential, immersive education with middle school students at synagogue supplementary schools. During rabbinical school Rabbi Utley served as a student rabbi in Sun Valley, Idaho and as a rabbinic intern for congregations in San Rafael, Irvine, and Los Angeles, California where he enjoyed meeting and learning with a very diverse set of communities. Daniel, his wife Rachel, and their two-year old son Eitan are overjoyed to become a part of the Temple Emanu-El community and are eager for Dallas to be their home for many years to come. At Temple Rabbi Utley will work closely with the teen, college, Atid, LGBT, and interfaith communities while also serving the congregation for life cycle events, holidays, and regular Shabbat worship and study.
Rabbi Shira Wallach
Rabbi Shira Wallach, Director of Family Development and Outreach, is thrilled to be on Congregation Shearith Israel's rabbinic team and enjoys close relationships with many Dallas families. She received rabbinic ordination and a Master's degree in sacred music from the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2013 after earning undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Bible from Barnard College and List College, respectively. With warmth and creativity, Rabbi Wallach has both grown and enriched our community of young families. Through bi-weekly playgroups, retreats, engagement work, and by maintaining a robust social media presence, Rabbi Wallach's efforts as Director of the Shearith Israel Family Center have brought the magic of Jewish life and Jewish ritual to countless individuals in our congregation and beyond. Her partnership with the Shababa Network has transformed our young family spaces and services into intergenerational playgrounds of wonder, gratitude, music, and joy. Rabbi Wallach is also a gifted teacher and pastor and a regular presence on the pulpit and in our classrooms and her door is always open for those in need of spiritual guidance and support.