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January 17, 2006 eNewsletter


 Web Magazine

January 17, 2006

Dear friend,

How can we support our intermarried children while also encouraging them to raise their children Jewish? Is a balance possible, or must we keep our wishes to ourselves?

The new issue of's Web Magazine offers these

Some parents are able to genuinely support and accept their child's choice to raise children in a different religion. Eve Coulson pays tribute to her mother, whose love and support helped Eve become a Jew-by-choice and raise Jewish children. Read More

Want to know the limits of what you can do to encourage your intermarried child to raise Jewish children? Outreach professional Phoebe Kerness offers advice. Read More

As the mother of several intermarried and re-married children, all of whom raised their children as Jews, Mae Tupa believes that tolerance is key. Read More

Please join our online discussion : How have you transmitted Jewish values or culture to your grandchildren, or haven't you had permission to do so?

Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life

When her born-Jewish father died suddenly, Andi Rosenthal, in the process of becoming a Jew-by-choice, felt terribly alone. Read More

News and Opinion

While leading a discussion of the film Mixed Blessings , Rabbi Elias Lieberman suddenly felt the pain some of his congregants experience. Read More

How do interfaith families feel about the new push for conversion of non-Jewish partners by both the Conservative and Reform movements? Jacob Sugerman conducts interviews to find out. Read More

Rabbi Yehuda Sarna suggests that Hillels should focus on how to achieve a beneficial chemistry between the two fastest-growing Jewish populations on college campuses: those with one Jewish parent, who date non-Jews, and predominantly Orthodox, day-school products. Read More

Arts and Entertainment

Michael Fox reviews the controversial new film MunichRead More, as well as Everything Is IlluminatedRead More.

Coming Next

Please come back on January 31, when we'll look at divorce and step-family issues in interfaith families.

Warm regards,

          Ronnie Friedland, Editor

Write for Us!

We're looking for writers for our upcoming Passover/Easter issue.

Did you have an "interesting" first experience as the non-Jewish partner at a Passover seder or as the Jewish partner at an Easter celebration? Have you had matzah at Easter dinner?

If you're interested in writing about one of these or have another idea for an interesting Passover/Easter article, please email us at .

Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

Project Welcome is a program which aims to breathe new life and new vision into efforts to bring interfaith couples and families, and unaffiliated Jews, more deeply into all of the branches of our synagogue communities. A project of the URJ supported by the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund & the Walter and Elise Haas Fund.

Upcoming Wedding Fair


Network News

Media Coverage


In December many publications, including Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel and at least 70 other papers--maybe the one in your area--quoted Ed Case and/or mentioned's tolerant, welcoming approach to the December holidays.  We also had coverage, including in The Wall Street Journal, expressing concern and caution about new efforts by the Reform and Conservative movements to encourage conversion. You can check out all of the stories at December Media Coverage and Advocacy Media Coverage.

January Appearances

We were invited to attend the January 9 UJA-Federation of New York's excellent leadership conference on synagogue renewal, led by our Advisory Board member Dru Greenwood. On January 29 we'll be in Foster City CA at Project Welcome's Jewish Wedding Fair, coordinated by our Professional Advisory Circle Planning Group member, Karen Kushner.

Featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Edmund Case was the subject of the Entry Level column of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the leading newspaper serving charities and their donors. To access the article, click here.

Ways You Can Get Involved

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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." The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." Hebrew word for an unleavened bread, traditionally eaten during the holiday of Passover. 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. Hebrew for "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.
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