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April 3, 2012

Dear friends,

Passover starts Friday evening — the same day as Good Friday. Is your family ready? We've got great resources to get you there. Read on!

Passover: Seder Resources

Looking for a way to wow your family this Passover? Try making Matt’s Matzah Ball Soup. Click here for the recipe and a video of Matt and his family making it together. Consider making a donation so we can continue sharing our resources with you and your family.

Want to use a new Haggadah this year? I reviewed two new Haggadot, one of which was written specifically with interfaith families in mind. (The other boasts Lemony Snicket as a contributor.) Read more in Two New Haggadot For Your Passover Seder.

Want to make sure the folks sitting at your Passover table are engaged in the telling of the Exodus story? Looking for different ideas for your seder? Penny Schwartz's review of Creating Lively Passover Seders might be for you. Read more in Filling a Backpack with Seder Foods Helps Liven Up the Holiday Experience.

Need to take a quick break from the Passover preparations? Check out this blog post: tips for parents, a video, free downloads, Obama's... Jewish? And so much more! Read more in Passover is Nigh!

Passover: Families

With Passover as the background for her story, Angela Warnick Buchdahl, raised by a Korean Buddhist mother and a Jewish father, shared her struggles of not feeling fully Jewish. Read more in My Personal Story: Kimchee on the Seder Plate.

On the Parenting Blog, new mom Chana-Esther was blogging up a storm:

  • "Do you see Passover cleaning as a chore? Or do you feel it is an opportunity to rid your house of the puffed up gunk (of the soul)?" Read more in Passover cleaning the soul.
  • "Mitzrayim" is Hebrew for Egypt, but literally means a constricting, narrow place. What does that mean for you? A great question to think about in the lead up to Passover. Read more in What is your Mitzrayim?
  • What are your favorite holiday books to read to/with your kids this time of year? Read more in Book review: P is for Passover.

We recently asked readers for their gefilte fish stories. We didn't really say more than that, hoping for as broad a response as possible. Because, really, if there's one odd part of the Passover seder to pick out, one bizarre element to explain to your friends and relatives who've never experienced a seder before, gefilte fish is as likely a target as any. Here are your stories. Read more in Gefilte Fish.

Today, more than half of all Jews who wed marry partners who were raised in other religions. Sunie Levin tells us that grandparents are finding the tradition of passing on their heritage to their grandchildren a perplexing exercise in diplomacy. Have you tried these tips in your family? Other advice to share? Read more in Resolving Conflicts Of Easter and Passover.


Thanks to those of you who took the time to respond to our Passover/Easter survey. Ed Case shared the results on our blog. What do you think of the findings? Read more in Our Passover/Easter Survey Results Are In!

InterfaithFamily/Chicago's online/in-person hybrid class, How to Raise a Child with Judaism in Your Interfaith Family, is underway. Ari Moffic wrote about the first in-person meeting, a Shabbat evening celebration. Read more in A Sneak Peak at Our Online Parenting Class.

We had a guest blog post from Rabbi Adam Chalom who asked, "Who are the 'half Jewish?' Or is 'half Jewish' like 'half pregnant' — either you are, or you are not?" Read his thoughts on identity, and a learn about a conference that will be addressing this interesting topic. Read more in Who Are the "Half-Jewish"?


Yolanda and Arel returned with their last post to the Wedding Blog. "Enjoy our last videos. We have video recapping our actual wedding, the video below that is a glimpse of the ceremony, and the third video showcases our unusual wedding dance. Let us know what you think." Read (and watch) more in Our Last Vlog and Wedding Day Recap.


On the Parenting Blog, Amy Claver wrote about her family's celebration of Shabbat — on a Thursday. And why not? It meant her 6-year-old could celebrate with a visiting grandmother! Read more in Thursday Shabbat.

Pop Culture

As Nate Bloom writes, genealogy shows on television are gaining popularity — and showing celebrities' Jewish roots. Read more in Interfaith Celebrities.

Are you, or is a family member, Hindu, Muslim, Quaker, Buddhist or of another religion/faith? Do you have an interesting story to share about a ritual, spring holiday or life-cycle event with your interfaith family or interfaith relationship? I'd love to hear your story pitches! Contact me!

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Benjamin Maron, Managing Editor





Yiddish for "stuffed fish," a patty made of ground up varieties of fish, matzo meal and spices, boiled in fish broth. A popular dish on Passover, sometimes served on Shabbat and other holidays as well. 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. Plural form of the Hebrew for "telling," it's 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.) 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 word for an unleavened bread, traditionally eaten during the holiday of Passover. 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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