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February 19, 2013 eNewsletter - San Francisco

February 19, 2013
Dear Friends,
Saturday evening, February 23, through Sunday is Purim! A holiday that combines Mardi Gras, Halloween, and New Year's Eve with a meaningful history. Learn about the holiday, or get a refresher, with our Purim booklet.

Before you scroll down to see the fantastic articles and resources in this newsletter, please take a moment to fill out our annual survey about interfaith families' experiences participating in Passover and Easter celebrations — you could win $500 for doing it before February 22!
San Francisco Bay Area
Positively impact the rhythm of your interfaith family's life! Raising a Child with Judaism is for parents thinking about whether and how to bring Jewish wisdom, traditions, and customs to their home, lives, and parenting. Our one-of-a-kind class offers insights from Jewish tradition into major parenting situations like bedtimes and mealtimes. This online, work at your own pace, 8-week class starting in March also provides opportunities to meet in person.

1000 years of Jewish life in Poland will be celebrated at this year's Jewish Music Festival. With something for everyone, your ears will delight in the folk, jazz, and contemporary classical music found at this year's festival. Check it out March 2-12 with a special opening night performance.
Have your kids seen Shalom Sesame's video about Purim, starring Grover? What did they think? Was it a helpful way to explain the holiday? Read (and watch) more in For Kids: The Story of Purim.

Once your kids have the story down, move on to the lessons of the holiday. Stephanie Carey Maron reviews Nate, his dads, and the lessons learned in the new children's book, The Purim Superhero. Read more in Life Lessons of The Purim Superhero.

Is Grover not your speed? Looking for a more "adult" version? Nancy Gorod shares the full Purim story which "reads like a screenplay for a program on the CW Network" — far more gritty than the version you might have been taught as a kid! Read more in The Purim Story In All Its PG-13 Glory.

Sticking with the adult themes, Wendy Armon, director of interfaithFamily/Philadelphia, reminds us that Purim is not just a children's holiday. Read more in Purim: Not Just for Kids.

Despite the fun and costumes, sometimes precisely for those reasons, some find Purim offputting. On the Parenting Blog, musingsofawritermom shares her experiences with Purim. Read more in I Don't Like Purim.555
As a grandparent, how do you share Judaism with your grandchildren? Does your approach differ if their parents are intermarried? Grandmother Sharon Morton offers her tips: sharing stories, teaching philanthropy, practicing social action, and being happy. Read more in Leaving a Jewish Legacy to Our Grandchildren.

Habits are formed over 20ish days. February is a short month. This month, mom SLP, is trying to do one kind thing for another person every day and hoping to make a habit of it. Want to join her in making the world a better place? Read more in Slipping and Sliding.
Animated Weekly Stories
Have you heard the term "People of the Book" as a nickname for the Jewish people? Nechama Tamler wonders if there are differences between cultures that revere reading and cultures with more of an oral tradition. What kinds of changes do you imagine take place when people go from listening to words to the act of reading them? And how might that affect an understanding of rules, laws, and structure? Read (and watch) more in Sentences and Laws.

You had me at "dolphin cloth"? This week Nechama continues her blogging with the instructions for how to build the place where God will "dwell among us." But, what does it even mean that there's a place where God will dwell? And why "among" us? Read (and watch) more in Who Dwells Where?
Rebecca Goodman, director of InterfaithFamily/San Francisco, examines both sides of a debate: should the Reform Movement's rabbinical school permit interdating or intermarried applicants? What do you think? Read more in Rabbis and Intermarriage.

Ari Moffic, director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago, responds to couples who wonder if they can use a ketubah at their wedding if one partner is not Jewish. Plus, links to our resources on choosing an interfaith ketubah! Read more in Love Is In The Air.
Pop Culture
This Sunday, February 24, the 85th Academy Awards will air live on TV. Will you be watching? Nate Bloom shares the scoop on the Oscar nominees, their Jewish connections, and their films. Read more in Interfaith Celebrities.
It's only February, but we're looking ahead to Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) in the spring. Are you the descendant of Holocaust survivors? Have you or other relatives intermarried? We'd love to hear your stories — contact me!
Benjamin Maron,
Director of Content and Educational Resources
 San Francisco
 Animated Weekly Stories
 Pop Culture
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Hebrew for "document," a legal document that is both a prenuptial agreement and a certification that a Jewish marriage has taken place. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) Hebrew for "lots," referring to the lots cast by Haman, the story's antagonist, to determine the date on which to kill the Jewish people. It's a spring holiday commemorating the Jewish people's triumph. The story is told through the biblical Book of Esther; the namesake heroine, a Jewish woman, marries the Persian king. Their interfaith relationship is central to the story.
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