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April 23, 2014 eNewsletter - Philadelphia

April 23, 2014

Dear Friends,

We hope everyone had an enjoyable Passover and that our resources were helpful. And as families start sorting out their summer plans, don't forget to check our new Interfaith-Friendly Jewish Camp resource page, and learn about how to make camp more affordable with BunkConnect.

We’re also happy to announce another new member of the IFF team: Liz Polay-Wettengel joins us in the new position of National Director of Marketing and Communications. Welcome!

Writers: If you’re in a multi-cultural interfaith relationship, a child of an interfaith marriage or a grandparent of an interfaith child, please consider writing about your experiences for us. And start thinking now about the holidays of Shavuot, Tisha B’Av, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. I look forward to seeing your pitches over the next few weeks.

Lindsey Silken

Coming Up in Philadelphia Are you listening?
Are You Listening?
IFF/Philadelphia Director Rabbi Robyn Frisch will be the featured presenter at Temple Sinai on Apr. 28 in Dresher’s Keruv Program “ARE YOU LISTENING?" Learn more

Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Event at Kol Ami in Elkins Park on Apr. 27: Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis and Their Collaborators. Learn more

Victor Center’s Screening and Panel about Your Jewish Genes at Congregation Rodeph Shalom on May 8 in Philadelphia (co-sponsored by IFF/Philadelphia and others). It is recommended that Jews in interfaith relationships be tested. Learn more
Wedding Blog
Ryan & Lisa
Meet Wedding Blogger Ryan
Our new wedding blogger, Ryan is Jewish and planning his wedding with Lisa, who is not Jewish. See how things come together including their search for a ceremony venue, that includes both a rabbi and a chapel. Read more
Pop Culture
Chelsea's Pregnant
We followed Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky down the aisle. Now we’re following them into parenthood. Find out how we can help her—and you—with baby welcoming questions. Read more
Interfaith Celebrities
Elizabeth Banks
Wedding & Baby News!
Chelsea’s not the only one with big news. Find out what’s in store on and off-screen for actors Mila Kunis, Cameron Diaz, Emma Stone, Elizabeth Banks, Zac Efron and more. Read more
Growing Up in an Interfaith Family
Girl with menorahFree to Choose
When Stephanie was seven, she learned that she was free to choose what religion she wanted to be. After a year of Hebrew School and CCD classes, she felt the right religion had chosen her. Read more
Parenting Adult Children
Interfaith CoupleHow to Respond When…
Six helpful tips for parents on how to respond if your child tells you they’re dating someone from another religion (race, culture, or same gender). Read more

From the Blog
Seder Table PARENTING BLOG: Jessie responds to tragic events that occured in Kansas City just before the start of Passover, a holiday about freedom. Meanwhile, Jane responds to the idea of the "fifth child" being the child of interfaith parents.

WEDDING BLOG: Sam writes about this year's Passover celebration which included Anne's whole family and which Sam led for the first time.

STAFF BLOG: Rabbi Ari from IFF/Chicago dissects the challenging statement “You shall be holy, for I, the Eternal your God, am holy.” IFF/San Francisco Bay Area's Rabbi Mychal lets us in on what Passover is like in her interfaith home.

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Hebrew for "Head of the Year," the Jewish New Year. With Yom Kippur, known as the High Holy Days. Hebrew for "Joy of Torah," a fall holiday that celebrates the completion of the yearlong Torah cycle and the commencement of a new one. Hebrew for "Day of Atonement," the final of ten Days of Awe that begin with Rosh Hashanah. Occurs during the fall and is marked by a 24-hour fast. One of the most important Jewish holidays. The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." A Summer holiday commemorating the receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, it is also known as the Feast of Weeks, as it comes seven weeks after Passover begins. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) 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 "Booths," it's a fall holiday marking the harvest, like a Jewish Thanksgiving, complete with opportunities for dining and sleeping under the stars. Reform synagogues are often called "temple." "The Temple" refers to either the First Temple, built by King Solomon in 957 BCE in Jerusalem, or the Second Temple, which replaced the First Temple and stood on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem from 516 BCE to 70 CE. Hebrew for "bringing close," a term meaning Jewish outreach. 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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