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July 1, 2014 eNewsletter - Philadelphia

July 1, 2014

Dear Friends,

It has been an exciting week at InterfaithFamily. With gratitude, we share the news that we have been honored as a Core Grantee by the Natan Fund for the second year. And we have been chosen by JUF for a Breakthrough Fund grant in Chicago.

As summer officially begins, we have more relationship and wedding essays and blogs to share, as well as a new guide that you might find helpful: Who is a Jew? (It depends who you ask).

Lindsey Silken

Coming Up in Philadelphia Love & Religion
Summer Love & Religion Workshop
IFF/Philadelphia's next Love and Religion workshop for interfaith couples starts Wednesday evening, July 9. Register now

Interfaith Family Trip to Israel
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to visit Israel with IFF/Philadelphia! The subsidized trip leaves in December, 2014. Learn more
Pop Culture
Paul Rudd & Amy Poehler
Paul Rudd & Amy Poehler’s Onscreen Interfaith Marriage
Get the inside scoop on They Came Together with Paul Rudd & Amy Poehler and Begin Again with Adam Levine & Keira Knightly. Plus, we get up close and personal with Rachelle Lafevre from Under the Dome and Julie Chen from The Talk. Read more
Parenting Blog
Why We Don’t Want Kids
Stephen writes about his decision with his fiancé not to have children, and why you should get behind it (or at least leave him alone). Read more
Interfaith Weddings
Wedding Ceremony My Parents Didn’t Attend
The most challenging part of our wedding was creating a ceremony both sets of parents would accept. Ultimately, this meant having two ceremonies. Read more.
Parenting Older Kids
Mother and Son What Do I Tell My Sons?
I’m in an interfaith marriage, but that doesn’t mean I know what to tell my teenage sons about who to date.
Read more
Wedding Blog
Reading HebrewLearning Jewish
Ryan didn’t grow up very religious, and as he prepares for his wedding day, he finds himself getting the most formal Jewish education yet.
Read more
IllustrationShould I Act Jewish for His Mom?
This interesting dating question from The Forward’s Seesaw column is answered by IFF’s own Ruth Nemzoff and Jane Larkin. Send your questions about interfaith life to Read more

Staff Blog
Menorah Marilyn from IFF/SF Bay Area has timely tips for wedding gifts. Wendy from IFF/Philadelphia finds herself spending her day in a suprisingly rewarding way. When Stacie's baby Sammy has an aliyah, her husband finds himself feeling more connected to the Jewish community. And April from IFF/Boston speaks with Program Manager Jessica Antoline of The Vilna Shul about how to create inclusive communities.

Parenting Blog: Jane Larkin continues the conversation about summer camp and shares 3 reasons her son's camp is special for the whole family.

Wedding Blog: Anne and Sam are back from a month of traveling and have fun tales to tell involving beer, theater, attending a wedding, and more beer (which she swears has something to do with wedding planning!).

 Coming Up in Philadelphia
 Pop Culture
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 Interfaith Weddings
 Parenting Older Kids
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Hebrew for "going up," it refers to the honor of saying the blessing over the Torah reading. It can also refer to the act of immigrating to Israel. (e.g. "After falling in love with Jerusalem, Rachel and Christopher made aliyah.") A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.)
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