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January 30, 2006 eNewsletter


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January 31, 2006

Dear friend,

Marriage is complicated enough, but re-marriage, with grown children and more than one religion in the new family, can be even trickier.  In the new issue of's Web Magazine , three re-married women, all with grown children, describe how religion is handled in their new interfaith, blended families.

The five people in Ellen S. Glazer's family represent an array of religious perspectives, from antagonistic, to oblivious, to indifferent, to committed-but-not-all-that-interested, to connected. Read More

Barbara A. Miksch delights in the lack of religious tension in her new blended family, with a son and stepson, both twenty-three. Read More

Finding common ground, Paula Hellman has learned, helps her family avoid potential rough spots. Read More

Please join our online discussion : Have you or your ex become more religious after your divorce? And if so, has it affected your prior agreements as to how the children would be raised religiously?

Ask Wendy

Columnist Wendy Palmer responds to a grandmother who worries that her grandson, whose parents are divorcing, won't be raised Jewish. Read More

News about Divorce

We offer four news stories about complicated interfaith divorce and child-raising situations, by Leisah Namm, Read More, Enid Weiss, Read More, Florencia Arbiser, Read More, and Stewart Ain, Read More.

Arts and Entertainment

Michael Fox reviews Following Sean, a documentary in which Ralph Arlyck compares two families of secular, intermarried Jews. Read More

Coming Next

Please come back on February 14 when we look at kids of interfaith families attending Jewish camps and summer programs.

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 topics or have another idea for an interesting Passover/Easter article, please email us at .

Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

B'nai Israel Congregation is a dynamic Conservative synagogue committed to the spiritual growth of our members. Our community is grounded in the core values of Judaism: study of our tradition, worship of God, social action, and concern for the needs of the Jewish people here, in Israel, and worldwide. Our wide range of programs and services truly reaches individuals and families at all ages and stages. Contact the synagogue for more information, because "It's Happening at B'nai Israel."


Network News

New Grant from The Samuel Bronfman Foundation

The Samuel Bronfman Foundation has awarded a new grant of $50,000. We are very grateful for the Foundation's expression of confidence and support for our work. is Looking for Your Story about Rabbis Officiating at Weddings

Some people say that whether or not a rabbi officiates at an intermarriage has no lasting or major impact on a couple's involvement in Jewish life. We wonder about that--so we're asking our members and readers to Tell Us Your Story. What was your experience like looking for a rabbi to officiate, or co-officiate, at your wedding? What was the impact on you of having a rabbi officiate--or not? We'll compile the stories and report on what you have to say.

January Appearances

We were very busy this month:

  • attending the January 9 UJA-Federation of New York's excellent leadership conference on synagogue renewal, led by our Advisory Board member Dru Greenwood;
  • speaking at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco on January 27 at the invitation of our Advisory Board member, Rabbi Stephen Pearce;
  • participating in Project Welcome's Jewish Wedding Fair on January 29 in Foster City CA , coordinated by our Professional Advisory Circle Planning Group member, Karen Kushner;
  • making a presentation to the San Francisco Federation's Interfaith Outreach Advisory Committee on January 31.

Ways You Can Get Involved

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