Rabbi Ari Moffic
Rabbi Ari Moffic is a friend to so many interfaith couples and families in Chicago. As the director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago, Ari empowers people in interfaith relationships—individuals, couples, families, and their children—to engage in Jewish life and make Jewish choices, and to encourage Jewish communities to welcome them. She works with interfaith couples and families to discuss interfaith issues, offer resources, and introduce them to Jewish communal professionals, Jewish clergy, and other families in similar life situations.
With intermarriage rates hovering around 50 percent or more, the rabbi is reaching Jews and dealing with Jewish issues that are current, complicated, and require the guidance, skill, and sensitivity of a trained rabbi and the unique touch of Ari’s interpersonal skills.
Ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2007, Ari teaches online and in-person classes, both “Raising a Child With Judaism in Your Interfaith Family,” and “Love and Religion,” a workshop for newly married and seriously dating interfaith couples to discuss how to share religious traditions in their lives.
“Identity formation, modern interpretations of culture and religion, and making Jewish living accessible, relevant, and meaningful are the areas that drive and inspire Rabbi Moffic,” said Amy Berger, her friend and colleague at the JUF Joyfully Jewish program, which helps young children explore and cultivate Jewish life. “She believes in learning through doing and engaging the entire family in transformative Jewish experiences.”
Ari is married to another rabbi, Rabbi Evan Moffic, the senior rabbi at Congregation Solel in Highland Park, and a 2012 Double Chai honoree! They have two small kids, Hannah and Tamir.
Whether for her own family or for so many others in town, Ari’s here to help engage families in meaningful and positive Jewish life.
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