"Ever since the founding of the Chicago Interfaith Family School in 1993, we have been blessed to have the love and support of caring priests and rabbis who partner with us on our journey."
Our clergy are full participants in the Family School, celebrating with our community at religious services and special events, and regularly sharing their thoughts and perspectives with parents and students. Together, they meet with adults and students, lead services, teach classes, and celebrate sacraments and rites of passage that include Baptism/Namings, First Holy Communions, and Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.
We are also extremely grateful to our gracious and generous hosts:
Old St. Patrick’s Church, its Family Ministry and the Francis Xavier Warde School. Both of our Rabbis have been welcomed and embraced by the Old St. Pat's community at a number of special events and services.
| ||Rabbi Chava Bahle serves as the Rabbi of the Family School. Rabbi Chava has one of the world’s longest commutes -- traveling to Chicago from her home in Sutton’s Bay, Michigan. She is a treasured friend and spiritual advisor to our families year-round, and is actively involved with the school in a number of ways. More information about Rabbi Chava is at Rabbi Chava Bahle’s website.|
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| ||"Rabbi Chava discussing a point of Jewish law concerning use of Photoshop on the Sabbath." |
| ||Fr. John Cusick a leader in Jewish-Catholic dialogue for many years, has inspired us at memorable events with his insights and deep understanding of the connections between Judaism and Christianity. He initially encouraged the efforts of the founding members of the Family School and has participated in the school's activities ever since.|
| ||Fr. Tom Hurley welcomes us not only the Pastor of Old St. Patrick's Church, but also as a gracious and enthusiastic supporter of the Family School, continuously offering his wisdom and friendship. He not only ensures that the Family School is hosted by St. Patrick's Church, but is also an integral part of its faith community. Fr. Tom's deep commitment to ecumenism continues to make St. Pat's known throughout Chicago and the world for its hospitality and welcoming spirit to people of all faiths.|
| ||Rabbi Allen Secheris our beloved Rabbi Emeritus. Rabbi Allen has provided strong support to the Family School dating back to its founding in 1993. Although he now lives in Whitefish, Montana, we welcome Rabbi Allen to Family School whenever his travels bring him back to Chicago.|
| ||Rabbi Ari Moffic has a special interest in working with interfaith couples and families. She is the Chicago Director of The Interfaith Family, a national organization known as the premier resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities. She has an extensive background in Jewish family education including writing for a Jewish family magazine, leading family retreats, and helping to start a family centered religious school.|