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January 4, 2011

Dear friend,

Welcome to the first eNewsletter of 2011! I spent the last days of 2010 catching up with a few good books, visiting my former stomping grounds (north of the border) and enjoying the snow.

With a hot chocolate in hand, and my tuque (that's "winter hat" to most of you) hanging next to my desk, it's hard to believe that it's already time to start looking towards spring, but we are. And if you would like to write for us about Purim, Passover or Easter, please send me an email.

Parents and Families

Nancy Thompson Brown was the only one policing her child's lunches. She just felt that, as the non-Jewish partner of her family, she should be following the rules. Read more in Kosher Dairy Lunch or What I learned in Preschool.

Some people say that the secret to raising children who are proud and positive about their Jewish identity is having parents who are engaged and connected to the Jewish community with a fund of Jewish knowledge. For those with younger children, every task is a new one to be mastered and made a comfortable part of their repetoire. is proud to offer a resource for interfaith couples looking to include Jewish content in children's bedtime rituals. Read more in Goodnight, Sleep Tight: Jewish Bedtime Rituals for Your Interfaith Family.

Over on the blog, Heather Martin wrote about explaining Santa Claus to her 6-year-old son in Santa Claus is Coming to Town. And Robin Schwartz posted about an idea for the Jewish community's future, and tips for parents of preschoolers, in To The Future - And Bedtime.

Popular Culture

In his bi-weekly column, Nate Bloom offers up the inside scoop on Natalie Portman's engagement to Benjamin Millepied. Plus, the Jewish and interfaith Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild award nominees. Read more in Interfaith Celebrities.

Plus, Ed Case has blogged about Ms Portman. Read more in: Ending the Year with Another Celebrity Intermarriage and More Portman.

Interfaith Relationships

Neal Cohen's personal narrative about being engaged to a Christian woman, and finding that "the strength of a relationship cannot be measured by how deep or shallow those differences are, but how they're dealt with." Read more in A Family Not a Statistic.

An essay and video monologue by Ruby Marez on the lesson that comes from the struggle to accept who she is and where she came from. Read, and watch, more in I Am Party Mix.

Do you have an interesting story to write for us? You know we're looking for holiday content, and more parents to blog for us, but if you have another idea that you'd like to pitch, feel free to contact me.


Benjamin Maron, Managing Editor | P.O. Box 428, Newton, MA 02464 | 617 581 6860 |

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The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." 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. 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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