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August 12, 2014 eNewsletter - Chicago

August 12, 2014

Dear Friends,

We’re covering everything this week from Israel, Jews and Arabs refusing to be enemies and a new column on synagogue ritual policies, to some entertaining interviews with actors Daniel Radcliff and Nat Faxton. Plus my own take on why men should help with wedding planning, and more.

We also have several open positions in Boston and around the country.

Lindsey Silken

Coming Up in Chicago Baby
Love, Religion...and Baby
Thinking about how to make major decisions together now that there’s a new addition to your family? Share, laugh, think, talk, learn…all while bouncing your babe on your lap. Learn more

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Scavenger Hunt
Introduce your child who is preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah or recently celebrated one and their siblings to the ritual items used for Shabbat and Jewish holidays. Through an in-store scavenger hunt based on clues, the kids will find each item and learn about its significance. Learn more
Western Wall
Sticking With Israel
During a trip to Israel for her son’s bar mitzvah, this mother found herself and her family in the country at the wrong time—or was it? Read more
Death & Mourning
Death & Mourning
A Guide
It's difficult to prepare for death, but we can help you to know what to expect about mourning within Judaism. Read more
Bat Mitzvah Synagogues Share Their Policies
Our new column investigates specific ritual policies at synagogues in IFF/Your Community cities. See what area rabbis said their policies are on candle lighting by interfaith families. Read more
Movie still Interviews: Daniel Radcliffe & Nat Faxon
“I’m hoping we’ve made a really smart romantic comedy that packs an emotional punch at the end,” says Daniel Radcliffe of his new flick What If. Read more
Pop Culture
Bachelorette ProposalInterfaith Bachelorette Engagement
If you pay attention to pop culture, by now you’ve heard The Bachelorette Andi Dorfman is Jewish and her fiancé Josh Murray has Jewish and Christian roots. Bets on whether they'll have an interfaith wedding? Or if they’ll have one at all? Read more

Staff Blog
Hashtag JewsandArabs Rabbi Mychal from IFF/San Francisco Bay Area reacts to an article about the trending hashtag, #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies. Rabbi Robyn from IFF/Philadelphia has compelling reasons to try out Shabbat dinner this week. April from IFF/Boston learns why it's so important for interfaith couples to learn about genetic screening with the Victor Center. IFF/Chicago's Rabbi Ari responds to the recent "Wanted: Converts" article with "Wanted: Members." And guest blogger Andrew talks about the connection between Phish and Judaism.

Wedding Blog: IFF's Lindsey weighs in on why she thinks men should help with wedding planning. And Ryan gets to the good stuff: dessert. And trust us, it's anything but traditional cake for this couple.

Parenting Blog: Jessie realizes that her 2-year-old "gets" Shabbat in a way that's better than she could ever try to teach. And Jane learns about language sensitivity through her son.

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Hebrew for "son of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish boys come of age at 13. When a boy comes of age, he is officially a bar mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bar mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The female equivalent is "bat mitzvah." The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.)
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