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By Jacob Weis
A new college student just began his summer internship at InterfaithFamily/Chicago. Curious what he’ll be writing about? Iâ€™m here toÂ introduce you to theÂ blogging that youâ€™ll see from him this summer.
Â â€śOMG there is a new intern at InterfaithFamily. I wonder what heâ€™s likeâ€¦â€ť
Thatâ€™s right, and my name is Jake Weis. I am an incoming junior at the University of Iowa and I am also a resident of Deerfield, IL. My two majors are English and Communication Studies and I was raised in an interfaith family. I hope to bring my unique religious experience and my (green) skills as a writer together in order to provide helpful insight, information and advice on all things InterfaithFamily related.
â€śDoes this mean every blog from here on out is going to be written by some kid?â€ť
I wish I could write them all, but you probably donâ€™t. Expect to see other authors writing on a variety of topics just as before. I will mainly be writing about the experience of growing up in an interfaith family.
â€śI donâ€™t even know this person. Why would I listen to the intern when I could hear it from the Rabbi? Millennials these days!â€ť
I was too busy snapchatting and texting to read the whole question but I think you asked if you could get to know me. I am 20 years old, soon to be 21. (Is Manischewitz good by the way?) My older sisterâ€™s name is Sarah and she is 26. My older brotherâ€™s name is Ben, and he is 23. I have two loving parents by the names of Hope and Dan. One of them is Jewish. The other is Catholic.
â€śWhich one is Jewish?â€ť
Thanks for asking. Sorry everyone, but I donâ€™t feel too comfortable answering such a loaded question. If my mother is Jewish then some Jewish readers will consider me a true Jew. But if my mother is Catholic, then I am not a true Jew to some people who do not accept patrilineal descent. I will tell you this much though, both religions claim me as part of their group in many cases, and both shun me in many other cases.
â€śOK sassypants, what else can we expect from you?â€ť
Whatever my bosses tell me to write about I will write about. I am not a good liar so expect the wholehearted truth in everything I write. If you disagree with what I write feel free to comment, but remember to be nice. Think of what I say as more of a suggestion and if you donâ€™t like it, toss it. But donâ€™t hurt my feelings: You wouldnâ€™t want to make the new intern cry on his first day, would you?