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January 28, 2014 eNewsletter - Chicago

January 28, 2014

Dear Friends,

No getting around it: It’s stinking cold outside. Grab some cocoa and warm up while you check out our latest stories and many new blog posts from our staff as well as parenting and wedding bloggers. We're also very pleased to announce that our staff continues to grow as we seek a new Director of Marketing and Communications.

Lindsey Silken

Coming Up in Chicago
Spiritual parenting
Spiritual Parenting
Come to IFF/Chicago Director Rabbi Ari Moffic’s presentation on Spiritual Parenting at Beth Tikvah Congregation Hoffman Estates on Sunday, February 9th. She will discuss ways to infuse our parenting with traditions, holiness and a sense of the sacred. Learn more

Join an interfaith class on the Book of Esther from both Jewish and Catholic perspectives. Led by Rabbi Eitan Weiner-Kaplow of Shir Hadash Congregation and Deacon Peery Duderstadt of Our Lady of the Brook. Learn more
Growing Up Interfaith
Western Wall
Don’t Call Me Half-Jewish
“I didn’t have half a bar mitzvah ceremony, half a confirmation ceremony,” says 22-year-old Zach, whose parents are intermarried. “By alienating me and other patrilineal Jews, the Jewish community risks our departure from a community that is shrinking every day.” Read more
Wedding Officiation
Quaker + Jewish + New Orleans
What did it mean to officiate a wedding ceremony for a Quaker bride and a Jewish groom in New Orleans? Golden leather yarmulkes, anyone? Read more
New Movies
Labor Day
Labor Day & More
Gerri Miller dishes on the latest films hitting theaters this month, including Labor Day, starring Miles Teller and Zac Efron, in her latest edition of "Hollywood Now." Read more
Interfaith Dating
Dating crossroads
At an Impasse
Christine wants to raise her children in the Armenian Apostolic church and Dan always imagined raising his kids Jewish. When it comes to love and religion, no one can tell you how to feel. Read more
Star CrossAsk a Rabbi
“Is it possible to be both Jewish and Christian in some real sense?” We have one rabbi’s answer, shared with us by Read more

From the Blog
Baby namingSTAFF BLOG: Rabbi Ari from IFF/Chicago enjoys being part of the baby naming process. Here’s a look into what that entails. Marilyn from IFF/Bay Area found a synagogue where she feels very comfortable going even when she’s alone and thinks you should try it. Wendy from IFF/Philadelphia thinks The Runaway Bunny has some pretty relevant parenting lessons. And Josh from IFF/Boston found a parenting moment on Martin Luther King Day.

PARENTING BLOG: Jessie grapples with teaching Bible stories to a 5-year-old but found a series of books that help in a big way. Jane reflected on the recent holiday of Tu Bishvat and why she teaches environmental stewardship to her son.

WEDDING BLOG: Dana and Chris check in with us on how their planning is going so far for their June backyard wedding. And Anne and Sam take turns explaining what it was like to meet the other's family for the first time.

 Coming Up in Chicago
 Growing Up Interfaith
 Wedding Officiation
 New Movies
 Interfaith Dating
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In Judaism, this refers to a ceremony created by the Reform movement as a way for young adults to show their decision to embrace Jewish study and reaffirm their commitment to Judaism. Confirmation is typically held at the end of the tenth grade. In Christianity, confirmation is either considered a sacrament or a rite ceremonially performed in a church. In some denominations and churches, confirmation is understood as bestowing the Holy Spirit. In others it signifies entering adulthood. In still others, it results in church membership. Hebrew for "son of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish boys come of age at 13. When a boy comes of age, he is officially a bar mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bar mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The female equivalent is "bat mitzvah." Hebrew for "15th of [the month of] Shevat," both a date and the name of a holiday celebrated on that date. A holiday that falls in January or February, it's the New Year for trees. 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." A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) 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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