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April 26, 2005 eNewsletter


Share Your Wedding Ceremony with!

Dear friend,

Wedding season is coming! At  we get many requests for help --from people looking for sample inclusive wedding ceremonies, and for rabbis who officiate or co-officiate at intermarriages.

Who better to ask to help us respond to these requests than you, our readers! Whether you had a memorable interfaith wedding yourself, or attended one of a relative or friend, or officiated at one--we're inviting you to Share Your Wedding Ceremony with

We're interested in weddings of every kind of interfaith couple--Jewish and any other religion (Christian, Muslim, Hindu, etc.), Jewish and any other ethnic or cultural tradition, straight or gay--it's your opportunity to help others like you.

To participate, please send an email to by May 6. Include your wedding ceremony as an attachment, if you can. Tell us what was memorable about the ceremony, what you did to make it inclusive, or anything else you'd like to share. We'll compile the information and make it available to all as a resource.

Thank you! We look forward to hearing and learning from you!

 Web Magazine

April 26, 2005

Preparing for and hosting a Passover seder each year is one way I engage in Jewish life. I'm carrying on a tradition handed down by generations of my ancestors, even if the seder we have differs greatly from the ones my family had in the past--it's in English rather than Hebrew, everyone participates rather than just the leader, we all find the service meaningful. In this issue of's Web Magazine, members of interfaith families talk about the different ways they engage in Jewish life.


Steven Michalove started a progressive synagogue in Denmark when he couldn't find one in which his interfaith family could be comfortable. Read more

David Weintraub expresses his secular Jewish identity by engaging in progessive politics and appreciating Yiddish culture and literature.  Read more

Joanne Catz Hartman initially exposed her daughter to a variety of religions, then decided to pick one, join a synagogue, and become involved in its life. Read more

Joyce MacGregor “feels” Jewish when cooking her grandmother's recipes for Jewish foods, seeing things with Jewish humor, watching films about the Holocaust. Read more

Please join our online discussion on the topic: In what ways have you tried to engage in Jewish life? Were the results satisfying?

Our Review, by Cheryl F. Coon, is of Michael Lotker's A Christian's Guide to JudaismRead more


As much of the world's attention has been drawn to Rome recently, we offer one remembrance of Pope John Paul II,

“Former D.C. Man Owes Much to Pope” by Debra Rubin. Read more

and two stories about the new Pope,

"Jews Welcome Choice of Pope, and Hope That He Builds on John Paul's Legacy" by Chanan Tigay and Rachel Pomerance. Read more

"Pittsburgh Rabbi Met with Future Pope; Jacob Calls Ratzinger Election 'Welcomed News'" by Susan Jacobs. Read more

We offer two other News stories, one about multicultural Jews,

Kosher Gospel Rocks the House at Seder Celebrating Jewish Diversity” by Chanan Tigay. Read more

and one about discussions about intermarriage in the Orthodox Jewish community,

“Who's 'Modern'? It's Academic: A Conference Offers a New Definition for a Movement of 'Centrists'” by Larry Yudelson. Read more

Coming Next

Please come back on May 10 when we continue to look at interfaith families engaging in Jewish life.

We hope the rest of your Passover is meaningful and harmonious.

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, literally meaning "Jewish," once widely used by Ashkenazi communities. It is influenced by German, Hebrew and Slavic languages, and is written with the Hebrew alphabet. It is comparable to the language of many Sephardi communities, Ladino. 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 "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.
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