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July 19, 2005 eNewsletter


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July 19, 2005

Dear friend,

It takes courage for a young adult raised in an interfaith family to go on a birthright israel trip. Will she be accepted as fully Jewish by the others? Will they comment on his family being interfaith? In this issue of's Web Magazine--the first of three focusing on young adults--four participants in birthright israel programs share their experiences:

birthright israel

Inna Livitz, born in Russia and raised Russian Orthodox until age seven, comes to terms with her Jewish roots. Read More

Eric Lesser is finally able to integrate his Jewish and Italian roots. Read More

Sarah Heilbronner feels fully a Jew for the first time, then experiences rejection back home. Read More

Sarah Bassin becomes able to perceive nuances of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict that her social justice perspective had prevented her from seeing. Read More

Join our new online discussion: Tell us about your birthright israel experience--or what you think of our writers' experiences.

Important New Study

Joe Eskenazi reports on the results of the San Francisco Jewish community study which found increasing engagement by interfaith families attributed to the extensive outreach programs conducted there. Read More

Interfaith Families and the Conservative Movement

In our next issue we'll have two reviews of an important new pamphlet about interfaith families and the Conservative Movement. In this issue we have two articles about how the Movement's search for a new chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary may affect its approach to interfaith families, one by Jennifer Siegel, Read More, and one by Debra Nussbaum Cohen, Read More.

Star Crossed/ Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life

In her new column, "A Joyful Noise," Andi Rosenthal shares a painful experience resulting from incorrect assumptions someone made based on her last name. Read More

Arts and Entertainment

Cheryl F. Coon reviews "what do you believe ?"--a video that helps teens explore their thoughts about religion. Read More

Coming Next

Please come back August 2 for the first of two issues on interdating.
Warm regards,



          Ronnie Friedland, Editor


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Network News

Meet Our New Staff

Michelle Goloborodko Visit Who We Are/Staff to read about Michelle Goloborodko, our new Marketing Associate. Welcome, Michelle!

The Network on the Road

We're busy advocating for more outreach to interfaith families--at the upcoming Slingshot launch in New York City, and at the Cleveland Jewish federation. Ed Case will be at the Berkeley and Mountain View showings of Rashevski's Tango at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Find all the details at Network Highlights.

The Network in Print

The Jewish People Policy Planning Institute has called "the primary example of the use of online technologies for the engagement of [intermarried] couples, as well as for promoting a policy of welcoming interfaith couples to the Jewish community." Visit Network Highlights for details.

The Spring 2005 issue of our printed newsletter, The Connection , has been mailed to Members. Download it here .

Day Schools and Interfaith Families

In connection with an upcoming September Web Magazine issue, we're compiling a national directory of day schools that welcome interfaith families. To have your school listed in the directory, please email Heather Martin at .

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