The Mothers Circle forms in Cincinnati...

JFS offers group for mothers who are not Jewish raising Jewish children

Cincinnati.  Interfaith relationships in the Jewish community are becoming more common, with many mothers of other religious backgrounds raising Jewish children. These women can now receive educational support and guidance through The Mothers Circle, a free program offered by Jewish Family Service. To participate, mothers do not have to be affiliated with a Jewish institution or have any prior knowledge of Judaism.


“We are excited to offer this national program to Cincinnati moms and to build on the program’s success in other cities,” says Linda Kean, CFLE, Jewish Family Service director of Family Life Education.


The Mother’s Circle was created by The Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI), an independent, national, trans-denominational organization reaching out to unaffiliated and intermarried families. JOI found that there are at least 100,000 women of different faiths raising Jewish children in the United States. The Mothers Circle program was designed to serve the needs of this population.


”Although the Jewish husband or partner may not be particularly religious, they still identify with their Jewish heritage and customs. They often want to pass this connection on to their children,” says Kean.


The Mothers Circle meets twice a month in a warm and nurturing environment to discuss topics such as Jewish traditions, values, holiday celebrations, and the “how-to’s” of creating a Jewish home. This program also serves as a support group for women with shared experiences.

The Mothers Circle program at Jewish Family Service receives funding from the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund of Jewish Federation of Greater Cincinnati.


For more information, contact Linda Kean at Jewish Family Service at (513) 766-3318 or