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August 12, 2014 eNewsletter - Philadelphia

 
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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
editor@interfaithfamily.com

Coming Up in Philadelphia Intro to Judaism
Introduction to Judaism
The Conservative Movement’s next Introduction to Judaism class will begin on September 3 on Wednesdays from 7-9pm. During 30 weeks of study in the Morris Goodblatt Academy, students will learn about Judaism and Jewish living in a warm classroom setting. Learn more

Parenting with Judaism
IFF/Philadelphia and jkidphilly present Raising a Child with Judaism in Your Interfaith Family, an online work-at-your-own-pace class for interfaith parents thinking about whether and how to bring Jewish wisdom, traditions and customs to their home, their lives and their parenting. Begins Oct. 22. Learn more
Parenting
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
Spirituality
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
Entertainment
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." A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.)
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