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April 12, 2011

Dear friend,

Spring is finally here! I was so happy to see the crocuses, spring snowflakes and daffodils blooming in my garden. Of course, that means Passover is right around the corner. Are you ready? I still have a lot of spring cleaning to do first!

This e-Newsletter is full of innovative and creative Passover resources to help you bring the festival into your homes. Let us know which you find most helpful - and if there are other resources you'd like to see us add.

Life Cycle

For Daniel-René Peter Bindschedler and others raised in interfaith households, it may not always be easy to look for guidance during the mourning period. Many of the places he sought out connected him to his ancestry, helped him find his own spiritual footing, or gave him the quiet space he needed to work through his grieving. Read more in: The Role of Faith in the Mourning Process for Those Raised in Interfaith Homes.

Passover at Home

Jane Larkin felt that if she was going to raise a child with a strong Jewish identity in an interfaith home, Passover needed to be more than a box that was checked on the holiday celebration list. It needed to be engaging. Read more in: What Makes This Passover Meal Different.

Michelle Goldberg (for recognized that it's hard to keep track of what's kosher and what's not on Passover. No bread she understands, but what's this she hears about corn syrup? What rules apply to me? To make it easy, here is a concise guide to eating on Passover. Read more in: To Eat or Not To Eat: Passover Food Guidelines.

Rabbi Rim Meirowitz walks you through Cokie and Steve Roberts' Haggadah, highlighting the parts you might find most useful. Read more in: Review of Our Haggadah.

Ed Case follows up with an interview with the Robertses. Read more in: My Interview with Cokie and Steve Roberts.

Rabbis Howard A. Berman and Nadia Siritsky provide Classical Reform views on Passover - practice, background and theory - in their essays, along with prayers to supplement your holiday observance. Read more in Passover: Classical Reform Perspectives and Prayers to Honor Passover.

Pop Culture

Nate Bloom brings you the inside scoop about Dave Barry and his "Juban" experience, the restored The Ten Commandments and a bonus video for Passover. Read more in: Interfaith Celebrities.

I wrote about a casting call for interfaith families, looking to get support and counseling as they work out extended family tensions. Read more in: Your Name In Lights.

Passover and Easter

Rabbi Miriam Jerris, president of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis, offers a professional view and personal narrative about Passover and Easter celebrations in her household. Read more in: A Multicultural Passover, a Solemn Easter, and a Celebration of Spring.

Carla Haimowitz has advice on the many similarities between Easter and Passover that one can discuss when talking about faith in interfaith relationships. Read more in: Celebrating Easter and Passover in Interfaith Relationships.

Who is a Jew?

I wrote about why we spend so much time talking about the "who is a Jew" question. Then again, it might just have been an excuse to blog about Jon Stewart. Read more in: Why It Matters.

Passover Resources

You might find our Guide to Passover for Interfaith Families helpful. It includes many topics, including Passover Foods: Foods That Tell the Seder Story, Engaging Children and Adults, and Your Turn to Host the Seder?

Our new booklet, Setting the Passover Table Made Easy, lists all the ritual items needed for the Passover table. The history and significance of each item on the seder plate is explained, as are the customs that have been handed down through the generations in different centers of Jewish life. Understanding the symbolism not only enriches the seder experience but can also lead you and your guests to creative new interpretations.

We have recipes, resources for families with young children and a video guide to the four questions.

And then there's our tips to make your seder inclusive, a video guide to the ritual items on the seder plate and much, much more!

Do you have an interesting story to share about a life-cycle event? About your extended (uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, grandparents, grandchildren) interfaith family? Are you LGBT and in an interfaith family? I'd love to hear your story pitches! Contact me!

Have a happy, liberating Passover!


Benjamin Maron, Managing Editor | P.O. Box 428, Newton, MA 02464 | 617 581 6860 |

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Hebrew for "telling," the text that outlines the order of the Passover seder. There are many, many versions of this book, which dates back almost 2,000 years. Because we are commanded to expand upon the story, the Haggadah contains ancient interpretations, as well as stage directions and explanations, for the Passover meal. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) 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.
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