Shortly after having her first daughter, Stacy Harvey became a “connector” with the Macks Center for Jewish Education’s Community Connectors program.
Launched in April 2014, the Connectors program encourages individuals to spend time with and get to know other Jewish families in their local communities. Connectors draw interested parties into existing Jewish community activities while also creating new Jewish experiences for them.
For Stacy this has meant reaching out to about 30 Jewish families in the downtown neighborhood where she and husband Justin are raising two daughters, Talia and Arielle. They get together to light Shabbat candles and celebrate Havdalah. They have holiday parties and Jewish-themed moms’-night-out events.
“My role as a non-religious Jew is to find ways to incorporate Jewish values and traditions into my kids and my neighbors’ kids’ routines,” she says. “I see it as promoting the cultural and traditional parts of Jewish life.” Click to read entire article.