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April 26, 2011

Dear friend,

For some, Passover ended last night, while for others it concludes tonight. It can be a little confusing, but if you saw our Passover blog posts, you know why some people celebrate for 7 days while others celebrate for 8.

With Passover (mostly) behind us, this eNewsletter has a mix of resources that are handy any time of the year!

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Life Cycle

Michael Doyle is ready. The date is set. Next month he'll be a Jew. Here's a look at the rituals he'll undergo on May 12th to make his conversion journey to join the Jewish people official. Read more in: How We Make A Jew.

Rabbi Barbara Penzner explains that when it comes to Jewish celebrations, every family is an intermarried family. That is, every family combines different backgrounds, expectations, memories and baggage. Sometimes the gap between the two families is narrow and hardly noticeable; other times it looms and threatens to become another family member to be placated. Read more in: Creating a Comfortable Bar or Bat Mitzvah for Intermarried Families: Some Thoughts.


Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael examines a well-known image from the Passover story, God's outstretched arm, and relates it to another character in the story, Pharaoh's daughter, who took in the baby Moses. Is it a parable for including interfaith families? Read more in: With an Outstretched Arm.

Popular Culture

Nate Bloom, in his bi-weekly interfaith celebrities column, turns to America's favorite pasttime to give you the scoop on who's who on the baseball rosters. Then it's back to the small screen for the dirt on Emmy Rossum. Read more in: Interfaith Celebrities: Take Me Out to the Ballpark with Emmy Rossum.


Leah R. Singer explores the best ways to explain religious, theological concepts like God, Judaism, and praying to young children. Read more in: Your Child Asks, What Does It Mean To Be Jewish?


If you still have a few more hours of Passover, or if you just haven't gotten your fill of festive videos, songs, articles, fun and resources, check out our three Passover blog posts (and save the resources for next year!). Read more in: The Passover Hodgepodge, The Second Passover Hodgepodge and Passover Hodgepodge the Third.

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