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July 2, 2013 eNewsletter - San Francisco

 
InterfaithFamily
July 2, 2013

Dear Friends,
This week we have wonderful local events to share with you. 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

Coming Up in the Bay Area
Coming Up
Upcoming Love and Religion—Online
This online workshop starting July 29 offers a safe environment to work on creating your religious lives together. You can make Jewish choices while honoring the traditions of both partners. Learn more

InterfaithFamily’s Hanukat HaBayit
We're celebrating our first 8 months in the community on July 11 by putting up a mezuzah, welcoming the community and sharing some words of wisdom. We hope you'll join us at our new office space for a glass of wine, a small nosh and of course shmoozing! Learn more

Kesher: Exploring Jewish Life Together
Live in the South Peninsula and looking to deepen your connection to other Jews? Kesher, a new initiative of Jewish LearningWorks, is here to help! Learn more

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 MicheleLea Michele & Maya Rudolph
Gerri Miller has the scoop on all the latest 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 IFF/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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 Coming Up in the Bay Area
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 Interfaith Celebs
 Spirituality
 Animated Weekly Stories
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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 "doorpost," it now refers to a small box containing a scroll (of the Hebrew text of the Shema prayer) which is affixed to the doorposts of Jewish homes. Strictly speaking, mezuzah only refers to the scroll itself, not the case in which it's housed. 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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