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December 21, 2010

Dear friend,

Here we have it, the last eNewsletter of 2010. We finish the year with December holidays, more pop culture than you'll know what to do with, plenty of fun links to get you through the holiday slump at work (or to fill your vacation days with), a look at attitudes about interfaith marriages, and more. There's sure to be something for everyone!

December Holidays

December 1990 was Jennifer Morris' first chance to see Christmas from the inside. And ever since, she's loved being a Jew at her in-law's special holiday. Read more in Baby's First Christmas.

For Sarah Callahan, Christmas was a little more complicated. Her husband came home to find her standing in front of their small Christmas tree, crying. Read more in The Christmas Compromise.

Ron Gompertz, creator of Chrismukkah merchandise, and Ed Case were on the airwaves discussing the pros and cons of an amalgamated December holiday. Read more (and listen to the radio show) in Chrismukkah in Vegas.

Popular Culture

Two columns from Nate Bloom in this eNewsletter:

We've been hearing them for a few weeks now?it's hard to escape Christmas music this time of year. And many of the season's biggest, and to some most annoying, hits were written by Jewish songwriters. Read more in The Jews Who Wrote Christmas Songs.

The inside scoop on Gwyneth Paltrow; True Grit, Gulliver's Travels and Little Fockers open tomorrow; and the honorees of the Kennedy Center's awards. Read more in Interfaith Celebrities.

Family Connections

Though Ellen S. Glazer wouldn't normally be in favor of her six-year-old niece wearing a diamond Star of David necklace, she and her family are moved by it, because it came from her niece's Catholic grandmother. Read more in A Grandmother's Gift.

After being told she was a "half Jew" at Hebrew school, Sophie Friedman has had much of her life to sort through Jewish identity. Spoiler alert: she's a "whole Jew"! Read more in Half and Half.


Are arguments against intermarriage "outdated" and "offensive"? What would happen if the new argument could be for Jews to find partners "supportive of them living a full Jewish life and raising Jewish children," whether they are Jewish or not? Read more in Outdated and Offensive Views.

But wait, that point of view isn't (yet) the opinion of the majority of the Jewish community. There are still a lot of bad attitudes about intermarriage. Read more in More Attitude About Intermarriage.


Need to take a break? On the blog, we had a few mishmash posts, hodgepodges, filled with all sorts of fun, facts, and randomness from the news and interwebs. Read more in Take a Break and 12 Days of Hodgepodge.

And, on a more somber note, Ed remembered Richard Goldman and his philanthropy. Read more in An Appreciation of Richard Goldman.

We're still looking for a few more parents who are interested in blogging about raising kids in an interfaith home. If you're interested, please email me.


Benjamin Maron, Managing Editor | P.O. Box 428, Newton, MA 02464 | 617 581 6860 |

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