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August 2, 2005 eNewsletter


 Web Magazine

August 2, 2005

Dear friend,

Welcome to the first of a two-part series of our Web Magazine  on interdating: Why do some young adults interdate--and some not? How do their parents feel about it? Does it all really begin with a date?

We're especially pleased to have well-known author Samuel G. Freedman write about his mother's interdating experience and her mother's opposition to it. Read More

Joelle Berman's perspective: dating only Jews means not getting to know and understand too many people in the world. Read More

Reflecting on a past interfaith relationship, Jake Miller considers whether religious compatibility is essential. Read More

Adina Giannelli, a child of interfaith parents, realized recently that she no longer wants to interdate. Read More

Please join our new online discussion : What's more important: getting to know a broad range of people or dating only Jews to ensure meeting a Jewish partner?

We're also pleased to offer a humorous view  on the subject from Dry Bones. Thanks very much to creator Yaakov Kirschen for letting us reprint his popular Jewish cartoon.

Interfaith Families and the Conservative Movement

Continuing the coverage from our  last issue on the Conservative Movement, we offer two reviews of The Role of the Supportive Non-Jewish Spouse in the Conservative/Masorti Movement, an important new pamphlet by Rabbi Charles Simon, director of the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs: one by Conservative Rabbi Carl Perkins and Elana Kling Perkins, LICSW, the coordinator of the Interfaith Family Resource Center at the Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston, Read More, and one by Ruth Nemzoff, a mother of intermarried children and co-chair of the keruv committee at her Conservative synagogueRead More

News and Opinion

Keren R. McGinity reports on her study finding that the Jewish identity and commitment to pass on Judaism of many women became stronger after--and because of--their intermarriage.Read More

Arts and Entertainment

Sandee Brawarsky reviews Sam Apple's new book, The Shepherd's Tale:  A Review of Schlepping Through the Alps: My Search for Austria's Jewish Past. Read More

Coming Next

Please come back on August 16 for the second part of our Interdating series.

Warm regards,



          Ronnie Friedland, Editor


Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

Stepping Stones to a Jewish Me is an outreach organization whose purpose is to welcome and support interfaith couples, children and their families and to educate them about Judaism. Programs include Pebbles for families with very young children, Stepping Stones for families with school age children, Cornerstones meets with young interfaith couples and Cobblestones which is designed for grandparents with interfaith children.


Network News

Slingshot is honored to be one of 50 innovative Jewish organizations included in an exciting new resource book, Slingshot, created by 21/64, a non-profit consultancy based at The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. Read more at  Network Highlights.

The Connection

The Spring 2005 issue of our printed newsletter, The Connection , has been mailed to Members. Download it here.

Day Schools and Interfaith Families

In connection with upcoming September Web Magazine issues, we're compiling a national directory of day schools that welcome interfaith families. To have your school listed in the directory, please email Heather Martin at .

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