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Advocacy Writing

InterfaithFamily.com's advocacy efforts include the following opinion pieces and letters to the editor:

  • Enough is Enough, by Edmund Case and Micah Sachs, April 25, 2006. Republished in the New Jersey Jewish News, May 4, 2006.
  • "Mean-Spirited Approach," letter to the editor of The New York Jewish Week, Feb. 10, 2006.
  • "The Next Big Thing Is Now: Outreach to the Intermarried," by Edmund Case, New Jersey Jewish News, February 9, 2006.
  • "Shifting Tide on Intermarriage," letter to the editor of The Forward.
  • "I Still Say 'Chrismukkah' Is a Bad Idea" by Edmund Case, December 13, 2005.
  • "Interfaith Famlies Stress Holidays' Religion," letter to the editor of USA Today, December 14, 2005.
  • "Jewish Families," letter to the editor of the Santa Barbara News Press, November 23, 2005, in response to an Associated Press article highlighting Jack Wertheimer's unfavorable comments about intermarriage.
  • "Chrismukkah" is a Bad Idea, by Edmund Case, December 24, 2004.
  • "Interfaith Families are not the Problem," letter to the editor of the Boston Globe West section, December 23, 2004, expressing concern over comment equating assimilation and intermarriage.
  • "Don't Alienate Intermarried in the Community," letter to the editor of the Boston Jewish Advocate June 25, 2004, expressing concern over tactics of proponents of in-marriage.
  • Social Science and the Intermarriage Debate by Edmund Case, syndicated by JTA May 18, 2004 (an edited version appeared in The New York Jewish Week, April 23, 2004; the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, July 16, 2004; and the Detroit Jewish News, July 16, 2004).
  • "Let's Not Get Carried Away with Fears of Intermarriage," letter to the editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent, April 22, 2004, expressing concern over tactics of proponents of in-marriage.
  • "Concern On In-Marriage," letter to the editor of the Forward ,November 7, 2003 expressing concern over tactics of new pro in-marriage group.
  • Learning from Interfaith Families by Edmund Case, New York Jewish Week, October 10, 2003.
  • "Having It Both Ways," letter to the editor of the New York Jewish Week, September 19, 2003 in response to an opinion column that cited unhappy marriages and high divorce rates as "compelling arguments for in-marriage."
  • "Should Welcome Interfaith Families," letter to the editor of The Canadian Jewish News, May 8, 2003, countering a rabbi's argument that intermarried Jews (along with their non-Jewish partners) should be denied membership in Conservative synagogues.
  • Jews Must Draw in Interfaith Families, by Edmund Case, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 24, 2003.
  • At Issue: Should efforts be made to draw interfaith couples into the Jewish community? Back Page debate, The Jerusalem Report, December 16, 2002.
  • How Should American Jewry Respond to the National Jewish Population Survey? Reach Out to Intermarrieds, an op-ed essay published in the Forward in October 2002 and reprinted in the Atlanta Jewish Times in November (in anticipation of the then-expected November release of the rate of intermarriage in the year 2000 National Jewish Population Survey) urging that the Jewish community's response should be to maximize efforts to welcome interfaith families.
  • "Remembering Coulter," letter to the editor of the New York Jewish Week, August 16, 2002, criticizing the views of some Jews, reported in that newspaper, that it was wrong for Janis Coulter, a victim of the Hebrew University bombing , who had converted to Judaism, to have attended a church funeral for her Christian mother.
  • "Conversion Isn't Funny," letter to the editor of the Jerusalem Report, August 12, 2002, commenting on a column that implied that an insincere conversion was better than any intermarriage.
  • "The Force of Interfaith Commitment," letter to the editor of the Forward, May 3, 2002 that welcoming interfaith families into the Jewish community would increase support for Israel.
  • "Interfaith Families Must Not Be Shunned," letter to the editor of the Boston Jewish Advocate, January 25, 2002, criticizing a Jewish leader for describing intermarriage as "bloodless genocide that is decimating our numbers" (at a subsequent meeting in July 2002, the leader acknowledged that he had changed his language as a result of our comments).
  • "Words Matter," letter to the editor of the Jewish Journal North of Boston about the importance of using careful language and not demeaning intermarriage when trying to promote in-marriage and conversion.
A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.
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