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December 17, 2013 eNewsletter

December 17, 2013

Dear Friends,

With Hanukkah behind us and Christmas fast approaching, I know the December Dilemma was easier but not entirely non-existent this year. I hope the Christmastime essays and blog posts below are helpful resources for your family.

I’m also excited to announce that InterfaithFamily is hiring! Please share the job descriptions of our Director of IFF/San Francisco Bay Area and Project Manager of IFF/Boston with anyone who might be interested.

As you think about year-end giving, please consider giving a gift today to InterfaithFamily to support the work we do.

Lindsey Silken

Grandson & Grandfather
What Will We Do About Christmas?
What to do about Christmas was never an issue so long as it took place within the confines of Grandma and Grandpa’s. But the question eventually arises: What happens when they’re gone? Read more

Why I Miss Christmas
When Sue and her husband decided to “skip” Christmas, she thought it would be a load off. Find out how she actually felt in the absence of a holiday that was not her own to begin with. Read more
Wedding Blog
Dana & Chris
Meet Dana & Chris
Dana and Chris are planning their interfaith wedding and sharing the whole process with us! This Boston couple has been together for over five years and are tying the knot in June. We’re looking forward to seeing how they navigate their beautiful union. Read more
Pop Culture
Patti & David
Millionaire Matchmaker Spills Interfaith Dating Secrets
Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger not only sets up interfaith blind dates, but she’s in an interfaith relationship herself. See what this outspoken starlet has to say on interfaith dating. Read more
Interfaith Dating
Will You Only Date Jews? talks to young Jews about their dating habits and poses the question of whether or not they date outside their faith. The answers might surprise you. Read the answers
Interfaith Marriage
Wedding CelebrationModern Orthodox Perspective
Modern Orthodox Rabbi Simchah Green says intermarriage is an opportunity and that now is not the time to “bemoan the situation.” Read his essay and Rebecca’s response.

From the Blog
Tree on Car RoofSTAFF BLOG: Joshua from IFF/Boston explores the Christmas Tree Dilemma and shares how it has played out over the years in his home. Rabbi Robyn from IFF/Philadelphia asserts that “marrying out” is not “abandoning Judaism.” This has sparked quite a discussion. See what others are saying and add your two cents. Rabbi Ari from IFF/Chicago blogs about her synagogue being a second home for her family, and wonders where else they feel that comfortable? In Rebecca’s last blog post from IFF/SF Bay Area, she shares a reaction to Rabbi Green’s article about the opportunity of interfaith marriage and how she has taken advantage of other opportunities for outreach.

PARENTING BLOG: Jessie feels that the separation of Hanukkah and Christmas this year has been an interfaith gift. Meanwhile, Melissa is struggling with Christmas tree stigma. Jane talks about the interfaith parenting promise she made to her grandfather and how she’s keeping it.

December Holidays
 Wedding Blog
 Pop Culture
 Interfaith Dating
 Interfaith Marriage
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Hanukkah (known by many spellings) is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd Century BCE. It is marked by the lighting of a menorah and the eating of fried foods. Hebrew for "gladness" or "joy," it is often used to refer to a festive occasion or celebration, like a wedding, bat mitzvah, or bris. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.)
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