Walking Together is an experiential program for fifth – seventh graders and their parents, created by Rabbi David Kunin, past-president of the Interfaith Centre. Its aim is to teach appreciation of the religious – and other – differences which are found in our community.
Walking Together’s Goals:
- To strengthen the positive relationship between children and their parents.
- To encourage children and their parents to interact with and get to know people of different faiths in positive ways.
- To enable the children and their parents to understand the similarities between different faith expressions.
- To allow the children and their parents to appreciate the differences of the religions which form our community.
The program aims to create positive relationships both between adults and children from the different religious expressions, and between parents and their children as they together learn the importance of tolerance and understanding.
There are many programs that focus on prejudice and intolerance. Those programs most often approach these topics from a negative point of view. Our program, on the other hand, approaches these topics from a positive angle. Walking Together focuses on the values of appreciation and respect, creating positive reinforcement and tools which will enable the students to avoid the pitfalls of intolerance and hatred as they reach their teen years.
Walking Together is hosted in houses of worship throughout the community. The entire program lasts nine hours and is divided into three, three-hour sessions usually held over three weeks. During these sessions, students and parents learn of the similarities which unite us and differences which help to form our diverse community.