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July 30, 2013 eNewsletter - Chicago

 
InterfaithFamily
July 30, 2013

Dear Friends,
The IFF staff had an enriching all-staff retreat at Boston Headquarters last week. Find out what our conversations about spirituality mean for you. We also welcome a new Board Chair, Lynda Schwartz. To round out the new faces, we’re introducing you to our new wedding blogger, Matt! Happy reading.

Lindsey Silken
editor@interfaithfamily.com

Coming Up in Chicago
Lakefront Shabbat
Lakefront Shabbat
Young adults (21-29) won’t want to miss this incredible Shabbat experience on Chicago’s Lakefront sponsored by the JCC Sidney N. Shure Kehilla and the Center for Jewish Genetics. Learn more
Weddings
Wedding Blog
Meet Matt & Shannon!
Matt from Philly recently converted to Judaism, and is planning a Jewish wedding with his fiancé, Shannon, who is not Jewish. Follow their story, and share your thoughts. Read more
Parenting
Bris
Passing on the Bris
Not every couple agrees on the issue of circumcision. See how one mother-to-be made the tough decision to respect her husband's stance on whether or not to pass on the bris. Read more
Pop Culture
Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler Finds Her Roots
In the latest interfaith celebrity news update, read about Chelsea Handler's surprising roots, Larry David's new movie and Sara Gilbert's big announcements. Read more
Animated Weekly Stories
Animated Torahlog
On Being Vulernable
In this week's Torah portion, we learn, "The more vulnerability you show—the better life you have." Is this true? Watch now and sound off!
Religious Life
StereotypesYou Can't Possibly Be Jewish
Margery recalls a lifetime of stereotypes she's heard about Jews, some directed at her and some overheard. She finally decides to change her reaction. Read more
Interfaith Dating
Dating on Faith
Dating on Faith
Brianne is pretty sure she's dated every eligible Jewish bachelor in D.C. But why, she questions, is she only dating Jewish guys? Read more

From the Blog
Summer CampSummer Camp, Synagogue & Rabbi Awareness & more
Jane sends her son to Jewish summer camp and wonders where all the magic comes from. Jessie thinks interfaith couples might actually have a leg up on same-faith couples. IFF/Philadelphia's Robyn says don't call me a “Rent-a-Rabbi.” IFF/Chicago's Ari was just honored as one of OyChicago!'s "36 Under 36". She wonders if there should be a call-in option on Jewish organizations' registration forms. New Board Chair Lynda Schwartz introduces herself and her connection to IFF. And IFF/SF Bay Area's Rebecca shares how our discussions at the IFF Staff Retreat can be meaningful to you.

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 Coming Up in Chicago
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 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. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.)
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