July 19, 2005
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 InterfaithFamily.com's Web Magazine--the first of three focusing on young adults--four participants in birthright israel programs share their experiences:
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
Please come back August 2 for the first of two issues on interdating.
Ronnie Friedland, Editor
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