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August 27, 2013 eNewsletter - Philadelphia

August 27, 2013

Dear Friends,
As we're eeking out the last days of summer, the Jewish New Year starts next week! Luckily, here at InterfaithFamily, we've been busy collecting useful resources, answers to your questions about observing the holidays (with or without kids) and yummy new recipes. I'm also pleased to share InterfaithFamily's mid-year Update on our activities and growth so far in 2013.

A very sweet new year to you.

Lindsey Silken

Coming Up in Philadelphia
Local Holiday Services
See a comprehensive list of High Holiday and Sukkot programs at synagogues in the Philadelphia area. Congregation Kol Ami is a great choice, with high holiday family services. Any synagogues or organizations that have services or programs that are welcoming to interfaith families and open to the public are encouraged to list them on our Network.

To learn more about all opportunities in the Philly area as they become available, join our Facebook group.
Holiday Cooking
High Holiday Recipes
Need a New Recipe?
Mix it up with the vast selection in our High Holiday recipe box, and try some tasty items from our friends at, like DIY holiday cocktails, eggplant fritters and pomegranate ice cream. Find more recipes
Resources for Families
Holidays with Kids
High Holidays with Kids
Our "Celebrating the High Holidays with Kids" booklet has helpful suggestions for conversation points, activities, crafts and ways to make the days interesting and relevant to kids and teens of all ages. Read more
Yom Kippur Reflections
How to Get the Most Out of Yom Kippur
We're adding just one more rule to this holiday: Unplug. Yes, everything. Including the phone. Here's why (and how). Read more
Holiday Books
High Holiday Book Giveaway
Get Kathy Bloomfield's recommendations for the best High Holiday books for kids, like Talia and the Rude Vegetables, and enter to win a free copy of two of her favorites! Read more
High Holiday How-To
GuideThe High Holidays: What are they all about?
New to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? No question is too small in this "classroom." Get all your questions about celebrating the holidays with your family answered here. Read more
Pop Culture
Ashton Kutcher
New Movies with Ashton Kutcher & Lenny Kravitz
In between holidays, take a time out to catch the latest movies Jobs and Lee Daniels' The Butler. And get the inside scoop on their interfaith stars. Read more
Reboot Your New Year
10Q: Questions for Reflection
Reboot's Dina Mann shares a new digital way to share your sins between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur--anonymously, of course. Read more

From the Blog
Reflection Catch up with wedding blogger Matt, as he reflects on how Judaism has brought him and his fiancé to incorporate charity into their daily lives. And parenting blogger Jane wonders which transgressions God really cares about when it comes to repentance.

On the Staff Blog: Ed finds a common theme in three recent intermarriage news stories: How wide are we going to open the gates of Jewish communities to interfaith families?
Wendy from IFF/Philadelphia shares how her family began the tradition of eating coconut on Rosh Hashanah and how they cracked them open.
Robyn from IFF/Philadelphia talks about the resolutions she makes during the month of Elul and how they're different from New Year's resolutions in December.
Lindsey from IFF/Boston discusses her own resolutions and what she's particularly thankful for this Yom Kippur.
Rebecca shares a jewel that's been helping put her in the right frame of mind for the holidays to be a better person this year.
And Ari sits down with moms-to-be and gets to the bottom of why they may or may not be interested in joining synagogues with their interfaith families.

High Holidays
 Coming Up in Philadelphia
 Holiday Cooking
 Resources for Families
 Yom Kippur Reflections
 High Holiday How-To
Pop Culture
Reboot Your New Year
 From the Blog
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Hebrew for "Head of the Year," the Jewish New Year. With Yom Kippur, known as the High Holy Days. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) Hebrew for "Booths," it's a fall holiday marking the harvest, like a Jewish Thanksgiving, complete with opportunities for dining and sleeping under the stars.
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