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Jewish Questions on Adoption and Surrogacy

Recommended for older teens and adults

So many interesting questions can arise about Jewish identities when families blend together or grow through surrogacy or adoption. In whatever way you build your family you may have questions about how to make it Jewish. We’ve consulted with experts to answer some common Jewish questions on adoption and surrogacy.


The videos in the Lifecycles Series were made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of their Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. Based in San Francisco, the Koret Foundation supports groups like G‑dcast that contribute to a thriving community enhancing the quality of life for all.


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Written by Sarah Lefton, Matthue Roth and Jeremy Shuback

Storyboards and Character Illustrations by Jeanne Stern

Animation by Regh Animation and Design

Background Illustrations by Tammy Chang

Music by Ben Bromfield

Narrated by Mary Jane Wells

Produced, Directed, and Sound Edited by Jeremy Shuback

Audience Development and Partnership Coordination by Lisa Finkelstein

Executive Producer was Sarah Lefton


Thanks to the rest of the G‑dcast Team, Koret Foundation leaders, and Distribution Partner organizations for their pluralistic guidance and general expertise for Jewish Questions on Adoption and Surrogacy.

  • Lisa Berman with Mayyim Hayyim
  • Rabbi Roni Handler with RitualWell a project of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
  • Rabbi Marla Hornsten and Rabbi Sari R. Laufer with Temple Israel of West Bloomfield, MI, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, and Congregation Sha’ar Zahav each affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism
  • Rabbi Rebecca Joseph
  • Dawn Kepler with Building Jewish Bridges a program of Lehrhaus Judaica and
  • Judith Rosenbaum with Jewish Women’s Archive

  • Rabbi Idit Solomon with Hasidah
  • Rabbi Gideon Weitzman with the Puah Institute
  • Rabbi Kerry Olitzky with Big Tent Judaism (formerly Jewish Outreach Institute)
  • Barbara Barza and Oren Stevens with G‑dcast
  • Danielle Foreman with the Koret Foundation
  • Deborah Kolben with 70 Faces Media including and Kveller
  • Lindsey Silken and Rabbi Mychal Copeland with InterfaithFamily


There are a myriad of Jewish subcultures and people, and the conversations in this video explore the array of choices people make in interpreting different types of Jewish rituals today.

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