Full of helpful advice for families starting to think about their child's bat or bar mitzvah, Bar & Bat Mitzvah For The Interfaith Family will be a helpful primer to all families (not just interfaith!).
This booklet explains the history of Hanukkah, the symbolism and significance of lighting candles for eight nights, the blessings that accompany the lighting of the candles, the holiday's foods, the game of dreidels, and more!
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A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
I just saw a notice that there will be a Hanukkah special on PBS this week, and it features some Jewish musicians whose work I really like. It’s called Lights and you can find the local listings for your PBS station on Craig Taubman’s website. The most exciting to me is the Klezmatics, who are going to sing one of the songs from Woody Guthrie Hanukkah album that they did, Happy Joyous Hanukkah. Other performers include a well-known African-American Jewish gospel artist, Joshua Nelson, the adorable Brooklyn singer-songwriter Michelle Citrin, and a famous Sephardiccantor, Alberto Mizrachi. I don’t think I’m into every single song they chose to perform for this, because it spans all the possible styles: some country with Mare Winningham and some more standard choral music, Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish. The CD might be worthwhile for Hanukkah parties to come, though.
Unfortunately, the video clips that PBS is sharing on the web for publicity are really short, so I’ve chosen instead this longer performance of the Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson. This isn’t a Hanukkah song, but that’s fine! The song is a Yiddish one about Jewish messianism called “Shnirele Perele,” (Ribbons and Pearls) and Nelson sings “Ani Ma’amin” (I Believe) in Hebrew in counterpoint mid-way through the song. It’s a great duet melding two different Jewish musical styles.