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April 12, 2005 eNewsletter


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April 12, 2005

Dear friend,

Passover and Easter are times when we wish to be with family. We can’t always manage to be together, but when we can, it’s important to try to make it a positive experience for all of our family members, so that they’ll want to come back again each year. In this issue of's Web Magazine:

passover issue

Rabbi Julie Greenberg offers suggestions on making your Passover seder inclusive. Read more

Teresita Levy writes about how she created a Kosher-for-Passover Easter dinner. Read more

Linda Morel offers recipes for Passover. Read more

Melissa Feldman writes about how after deaths in the family, celebrations of Passover and Easter became even more important as symbols of family, tradition and pride in one’s heritage. Read more

Please join our online discussion on the topic: How do you make non-Jewish guests at your seder feel welcome?

Also in this issue, Marlena Thompson reviews When She Sleeps, a novel about the search for her father by the daughter a Jewish soldier in Vietnam had with a Vietnamese woman during the war. Read more

Finally, Carolyn Slutsky writes about a progressive synagogue in Warsaw that includes interfaith families. Read more

Our Passover Survey and Helpful Tips

To read the results of our Passover Survey, click here. To download our helpful tips on making your Passover seder inclusive, click here. And to visit the Passover and Easter section of our Archive for many more helpful articles, click here .

A Lecture by Our Writer Keren McGinity

Keren McGinity is giving a lecture, "Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America, at Hebrew College in Newton, MA on Sunday April 17. Click here  for details.

Coming Next

Please come back on April 26 when we look at interfaith families engaging in Jewish life.

For our readers who celebrated Easter, we hope you had a happy one, and for those who will be celebrating Passover, we wish you a meaningful and harmonious one.

Warm regards,


          Ronnie Friedland, Editor

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Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." 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 "fit" (as in, "fit for consumption"), the Jewish dietary laws. 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. Hebrew for "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.
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