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April 11, 2006 eNewsletter


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April 11, 2006

Dear friend,

What is our responsibility to those who died in the Holocaust? Some say, to remember and pass on that knowledge to future generations. Others say, to assure Jewish continuity. And what of those who intermarry? How do they handle their sense of responsibility? In this issue of's Web Magazine , we look at how people in interfaith relationships--and their children--respond to the Holocaust.

A child of Holocaust survivors who felt an obligation to marry a Jewish woman, Sol Levin worked out a way to have a Jewish family with his non-Jewish wife.

Not until she became a parent did Hedi Molnar, a child of survivors, consider connecting to her Jewish heritage.

Intermarried agnostic Alex Romano visited Auschwitz and felt the souls of the dead surrounding him.

When she fell in love with a descendent of Pilgrims, Amy Elkes, a granddaughter of survivors, went through three stages before she felt able to commit.

Josh Fischel and Shana Franklin, children of intermarried parents, reflect on the meaning of the Holocaust for them.

Sue Fishkoff writes about a recent survey that showed young Jews consider the Holocaust a prime factor in their Jewish identity.

For links for families of Holocaust survivors, click here.

What do you think? Please join our online discussion on the topic: How does the Holocaust affect your feelings about religion or Jewish identity?

Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life columnist Andi Rosenthal   ponders Jewish genealogy.

For Arts and Entertainment, Marlena Thompson reviews The Structure of Religion .

Coming Next

Don't miss our Conversion issue on April 25.

Warm regards,


          Ronnie Friedland, Editor

Write for Us!

We're looking for writers for our issue about identity: Why do some kids in interfaith families who are raised Jewish have strong Jewish identities, while others also raised Jewish do not? Based on your family's experience, what factors would you say influence these outcomes?

For an issue on multicultural families, please tell us your story. How do you integrate your identities? Do you see the world differently as a member of a multicultural family?

If you want to write on these topics, please send an email to .

Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

Genesis is a unique educational program at the JCC of Greater Kansas City, designed to help interfaith couples and their loved ones address areas of concern in their relationships and to explore and understand their relationship to Judaism and the Jewish community. Enrollment is open to anyone involved in an interfaith relationship or to anyone who is related to an interfaith couple or family.

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Network News

Welcome Our New Online Managing Editor!

We've pleased to expand our editorial staff--Micah Sachs, our new Online Managing Editor, will work with Ronnie Friedland, our Web Magazine Editor, to expand our content offerings. Visit Who We Are/Staff  to read more about Micah's background and experience.

New Support

Thank you to the Children of Harvey and Lyn Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund for approving a $25,000 challenge grant in support of's marketing efforts. Visit News from the Network  to learn more.


Our presentation at a reception hosted by the Samuel Bronfman Foundation at
the Jewish Funders Network conference in Denver on April 3, 2006 was a great success. Click here to read Edmund Case's remarks on the power of personal narratives of interfaith families raising Jewish children.

We'd Like Your Input--Time is Running Out!

The Network is creating a new resource to respond to many requests for help making Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies and celebrations welcoming and inclusive. To have your Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony idea included, please email us at by April 15.

Ways You Can Get Involved

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Hebrew for "daughter of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish girls come of age at 12 or 13. When a girl comes of age, she is officially a bat mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bat mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The male equivalent is "bar mitzvah."
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