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 InterfaithFamily.com'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 Judaism. Read 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
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.
Ronnie Friedland, Editor