December 27, 2005
We hope December 25th went smoothly in your family. And as the December holiday season winds down, in this issue of InterfaithFamily.com's Web Magazine we offer the holiday perspectives of grandmothers, mothers, spouses and children of intermarried parents.
What's it like to be the Jewish grandmother of a Baptist grandson in December? Paula Hellman tells us. Read More
Laura Bramly figures out a Jewish way to share with her daughter what she loved most in December--her joy at opening the doors of the advent calendar. Read More
She's from Moldova, he's from Colombia: Ava Yelizaveta Shapochnik-Sanchez celebrates cultural as well as religious differences in this season. Read More
Despite converting to Judaism, Shana Franklin's mother refused to give up the magic of Christmas. Read More
The youth group said kids from interfaith families were welcome, then scheduled a major gathering on Christmas--until Rebecca Rolnick came along. Read More
For Diane Barth and her husband, the December dilemma began as a non-issue, but evolved into something else. Read More
Please join our online discussion : How did your family handle December 25th this year?
A woman doesn't know how to explain to her son that he is Jewish even though his father isn't. Read More
The Conservative movement will now encourage interfaith families to participate in synagogue life, raise Jewish children, and have the non-Jewish partner convert, reports Sue Fishkoff. Read More
Fishkoff also reports on a JOI study that found Atlanta's Jewish organizations place a high priority on outreach, but don't do enough follow-up. Read More
Arts and Entertainment
"Jewtopia," the world of Jewish online dating that attracts non-Jews as well, is the subject of a play reviewed by Esther D.Kuntanowitz. Read More
Back before the December holidays intervened, we had a first issue on grandparenting in interfaith families. Please come back on January 6 for part 2.
Best wishes from all of us at InterfaithFamily.com for a happy and healthy 2006,
Ronnie Friedland, Editor
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- When making choices as a interfaith couple, have you been affected by confusion as to whether children are considered Jewish if their fathers but not their mothers are Jewish?
- The experiences of children of intermarried parents at Jewish summer camps.
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Building Jewish Bridges, a program of the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay, offers programs to encourage discussion of challenges unique to interfaith couples and families. Programs, which range from couple groups to workshops to facilitated chavurot (gatherings of friends) give couples an opportunity to share information, resources and participate in a process of clarifying values.