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August 26, 2014 eNewsletter

August 26, 2014

Dear Friends,

It may feel like summer is winding down, but no need to panic; you still have a few weeks to get into gear for the high holidays. Why not start now, with some great ideas for inspiration in your inbox, upcoming events near you and our guide to the high holidays for interfaith families. We also have some entertaining news on upcoming films and an interview with Love is Strange writer-director Ira Sachs.

Lindsey Silken

Rosh Hashanah
Jewels of Elul
Jewels in Your Inbox
This year, Jewels of Elul’s The Art of Return includes inspirational anecdotes from President Barack Obama, Ruth Messinger, Kirk Douglas and many others. Get them daily in your inbox for free! Read more
Pop Culture
Adrien Brody Plays Houdini
In our latest update from Hollywood, learn about Adrien Brody’s new role and Houdini’s interfaith marriage, plus Kate Connor on her family’s story on the big screen in Fort McCoy and Michael Chiklis, who says “love isn’t work.” Read more
Kids in Car Back to Shul
Not exactly itching to get back into the swing of religious school pick-ups and drop-offs? Here’s why the carpool will keep you sane, all the way up to the bar mitzvah. Read more
Book Cover When Marrying a Jew was a Crime
Kathy Bloomfield responds to the new book, Sitting on Top of the World, and chats with the author about the true story it’s based on. Read more
Ira with CastIra Sachs’ Gay Interfaith Love Story
Love is Strange, now playing, stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a gay interfaith couple whose roles are based on writer/director Ira Sachs’ great uncle and his partner. Sachs dishes in this interview on his own partner and family. Read more
High Holidays
ShofarEvents & Holiday Guide
Search for high holiday events near you, and use our guide to find everything you need to know about what to expect on the high holidays at home, at synagogue, in the kitchen and more. See the guide

Staff Blog
Jillian's Blog Rabbi Jillian joins the staff as director of IFF/Boston and tells us how she chose Judaism for her interfaith family. Wendy from IFF/Philadelphia recently visited a summer camp to conduct a counselor leadership training. See why she left feeling impressed. Rabbi Mychal from IFF/San Francisco Bay Area asks: Are Jewish genes in our DNA or in our stories? IFF/Chicago's Rabbi Ari has exciting news about a new interfaith mentoring program you can sign up for in Chicago!

Wedding Blog: Sam takes over Anne's blog this week to tell us about their aufruf, which had a small interfaith challenge to overcome, but their synagogue figured out how to make it all work. And Ryan has less than 3 months to go. He shares his to-do list and plans for the traditional Hora dance.

Parenting Blog: Vacation time has made our bloggers reflective. Jessie deals with loss, and some revelations about the new gifts she's noticing as a mother during her family's annual trip to Maine. And Jane relishes in magical moments with her family while walking in the Vermont woods.

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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." Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) 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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