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February 28, 2006 eNewsletter


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February 28, 2006

Dear friend,

An engaged couple decides to raise their future children as Jews, but then the non-Jewish partner wonders what, precisely, that means. Will they be teaching their children "Jewish" values? In this issue of's Web Magazine , we look at the values Jews try to teach--and whether those values are uniquely "Jewish."

Rabbi Lev Baesh explains the basics of a Jewish approach to teaching values. Read More

Are any values just Jewish values, Alina Adams asks? Read More

Modeling the values we want our children to learn is the best way to teach them, says Lois Shenker. Read More

Gary Goldhammer believes most values are universal. Read More

Unable to offer adequate responses to her religiously confused daughter, Joanne Catz Hartman decides to join a synagogueRead More

Please join our online discussion on the topic: Are the values you teach your children "Jewish" values, or are they more universal?

Star/Crossed Columnist

Disagreements over whether or not to celebrate Havdalah led Andi Rosenthal to break up with her boyfriend. Read More

Arts and Entertainment

Naomi Pfefferman profiles Lisa Loeb, the subject of a new reality show on E! Read More


Olympic hockey star Mathieu Schneider is intermarried and raising Jewish children. Read More

News and Opinion

Why are more and more San Francisco-area families having lifecycle rituals performed independent of synagogues? Read More

Purim Falls on March 14 This Year

Discover Linda Morel's Purim recipes and tips on finding a menschRead More

Coming Next

Don't miss our special issue on the latest in the debate over Jewish outreach to the intermarried, on March 14.

Warm regards,


          Ronnie Friedland, Editor

Write for Us!

For our forthcoming issue on Babies, we're looking for articles on the following topics:

  • How did your parents react when you told them you were raising your child in a religion different from theirs? 
  • When your baby was born, did you feel you couldn't follow through on a previous commitment to raise your child in your partner's religion?
  • Did you decide not to have a baby ceremony? Or did you choose to have one?

If you want to write on any of these topics, please send an email to

Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

Temple Beth El is a Reform congregation in Charlotte, NC. They have a diverse congregation of 1100 member units, with over half being interfaith families. Their strong Interfaith & Outreach committee provides educational, social and cultural programs throughout the year. Their events are open to everyone.

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We'd Like Your  Input

You've got another two weeks--until March 14--to take our Passover/Easter Survey and be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate.

There's no deadline, but we're eager to hear whether having a rabbi officiate, or not officiate, at your wedding impacted your later involvement in Jewish life. Please share your experience, and be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate.


We're honored to be featured at a reception hosted by the Samuel  Bronfman Foundation at the Jewish Funders Network conference in Denver on  April 3, 2006.

On  March 20, 2006, Rabbi Sam Gordon will make a presentation to the Network Professionals Advisory Circle's third  quarterly conference call. For more information on the Circle, click here.

We're Hiring! is fortunate to have funding to grow. We have two openings, for an Online Managing Editor and a Community Connections Coordinator. Click here to see the job descriptions--and please pass them on to your networks.

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Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." Hebrew for "separation" or "distinction," the ceremony marking the end of the Sabbath on Saturday evenings. The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." Yiddish term for an honorable, decent person, usually means "a person of integrity and honor," someone of good character and a deep sense of what is right. 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. Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.
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