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July 2, 2013 eNewsletter - Chicago

 
InterfaithFamily
July 2, 2013

Dear Friends,
This week we have several Chicago-area events to share. We're also introducing our new L.A. celebrity columnist, Gerri Miller, lots of insightful blog posts from our staff including one from Rabbi Robyn Frisch which has already generated lots of discussion, and some spiritual and educational stories to delve into over the Fourth. Soon we will have new parenting bloggers on the site and don't forget to send your own story ideas my way!

Lindsey Silken
editor@interfaithfamily.com

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Afternoon Family Events

July 12: Come for an afternoon at Ravinia Festival with your young children for music and fun! July 14: Craft time and park fun sponsored by a new Jewish afterschool program in Evanston. Also on the 14th, join this free intro to Yoga and Spiritual Parenting event.

Parenting
Sisters
Unanticipated Parenting Issues
A Protestant father raising his kids Jewish with his Jewish wife thought they had it all figured out before they got married, but learned to answer questions as they arose. Read more
Interfaith Celebs
Lea Michele
Lea Michele & Maya Rudolph
Gerri Miller has the scoop on all the interfaith celebrity news straight from Hollywood. See what Maya Rudolph and Lea Michele are up to this summer. Read more
Spirituality
Club Paradise
Club Paradise
The list of those allowed to enter Paradise while still alive includes Hebrews, Jews, those who were not Hebrews or Jews, men, women, Asians, Africans, converts and people of both low and high social status. Read more
Animated Weekly Stories
Wise WomenWise Women, Leadership & Zealotry
This week’s Torah portion is an upbeat story about the five unwed daughters of Zelophechad who argue that with no brothers, they should be allowed to inherit their father's land after he dies. Read more
Religious Life
Kosher in a Pinch
Kosher in a Pinch
Marilyn from InterfaithFamily/SF Bay Area has tips on how to prepare for an Orthodox potluck and explains what kosher means for Orthodox Jews. Read more

From the Blog
Wedding OfficiationWhy I Officiate at Interfaith Weddings
Rabbi Robyn Frisch from IFF/Philadelphia shares her story of questioning and ultimately deciding to start officiating at interfaith weddings. Read more

 

Princesses Long IslandWhy We're Talking About Princesses: Long Island
Lindsey of IFF/Boston joins the blogosphere's conversation about Bravo's new reality show and why it's damaging to the Jewish community. Responding to a recent blog post by a young Jewish woman, she also questions whether we're alienating our youth. And IFF/Chicago's Ari Moffic sheds light on what synagogues can learn from Apple stores. Read more from the blog

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 Interfaith Celebs
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One of 54 sections of the Torah read, during Shabbat services, in order on a weekly basis throughout the year. Hebrew for "righteousness," it usually means "charity" or "righteous giving." In Judaism, it refers to the religious obligation to do what is right and just, including giving to those in need. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) 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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