The Morris County Connection's mission is building a more cohesive and engaged Jewish community by raising people's awareness of the services available to them in Morris County. The Connection seeks to embrace and cultivate relationships with a broad range of individuals with diverse affiliations, including none at all, and connect them to the Jewish community.
The Mother's Circle is an umbrella of FREE educational programs and resources for non-Jewish women raising Jewish children within the context of intermarriage or committed relationship.
The Mother’s Circle focuses on Jewish rituals, traditions, ethics, and the how-to's of creating a Jewish home. Through the course participants connect with women who are in similar situations. The curriculum combines both learning and sharing. The course facilitator brings knowledge and experience, but the participants shape the dialogue as they bring their various experiences and backgrounds to the group.
Every year, many women choose to convert to Judaism. While all Jews-by-choice receive some kind of formal Jewish education, conversion classes tend to focus on the "whats" and "whys" of Judaism, not the "how-to's."
Empowering Ruth, a program of the Jewish Outreach Institute, is a FREE course that offers women who have recently converted to Judaism practical, hands-on learning in Jewish living, home observance, new rituals, lifecycle events and much more.
The Grandparent's Circle is a FREE education and support program for grandparents whose adult children have intermarried. These grandparents often feel unsure of how they can cultivate the Jewish identities of their grandchildren, especially when it is not always clear as to whether or not those children are being raised as Jews.
The Grandparent's Circle is a comprehensive program that offers grandparents skills and techniques to nurture, and in some cases establish, their interfaith grandchildren's Jewish identities. It also provides participants with a supportive and open-minded environment to share their achievements, express their frustrations and acknowledge their challenges.
Through the Grandparent's Circle course, participants will understand how they can be Jewish role models for their grandchildren by sharing Jewish behaviors and actions with their grandchildren in a natural, uncontrived way. Participants will learn the impact of using a variety of means to regularly communicate with their grandchildren and how to incorporate Judaism into those communications. Participants will understand the necessity of learning about their grandchildren's interests and will understand the importance of incorporating their grandchildren's interests into Jewish activities in which they engage their grandchildren.
By reflecting on their own Jewish experiences, participants will be able to share with their grandchildren through engaging and exciting storytelling techniques and will recognize ways they can include their grandchildren in Jewish activities in which they already take part. Most importantly, participants will learn to create meaningful and engaging Jewish experiences to share with their grandchildren.