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July 6, 2005 eNewsletter


 Web Magazine

June 21, 2005

Dear friend,

In this second of a three-part series of's Web Magazine, we hear creative wedding stories and advice--as well as news of significant new outreach efforts by Hillel, by Jewish summer camps, and by a creative rabbi in New York.

Marina Williams and her fiancé in Argentina chose non-traditional wedding officiants and created their own ceremony. Read More.

Sarah Callahan and her fiance handled the tensions of planning an interfaith wedding, set aside time for romance, and were kind to their parents--but pursued their own course. Read More.

Michael Jackman reports on Jewish premarital programs that help couples learn to communicate more positively. Read More.

Cantor Ron Li-Paz tells how he counsels interfaith couples before he marries them--urging them to choose one religion for their children. Read More.

Please participate in our online discussion on the topic: What was the hardest part of your interfaith wedding planning?

Important Outreach News

Chanan Tigay reports on Jewish summer camps that reach out to kids from diverse families. Read More.

Sue Fishkoff reports on an effort by Hillel to create a "best practices" model for welcoming children of interfaith parents. Read More.

Debra Nussbaum Cohen writes of Rabbi Andy Bachman and his wife Rachel Altstein's success in Brooklyn with a new way to engage the unaffiliated and intermarried. Read More.

Arts and Entertainment

Boris Fishman writes about a popular Mexican soap opera featuring an interfaith romance. Read More.

Tom Tugend writes about one of the fighters in Cinderella Man, Max Baer, who grew up in an interfaith family and was raised Catholic, but boxed wearing a Star of DavidRead More.

Coming Next

Please come back on July 6 (one day later than usual because of the Fourth of July holiday) when rabbis give their views on officiation--for and against.

Warm regards,



          Ronnie Friedland, Editor


Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

The Interfaith Connection  provides support and community building opportunities for interfaith/intercultural couples and families where one of the partners is Jewish. Located in San Francisco and providing services in San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma counties, The Interfaith Connection is a safe place where you can begin or continue the process of exploring the religious and cultural differences & similarities of you and your partner.


Network News

Weddings Weddings Weddings!

Find our great new resource, Wedding Ceremony Ideas for Interfaith Couples, and participate in our survey, Who Officiated at Your Wedding, at Network Highlights.

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Known in Hebrew as "magen David" (literally," shield of David"), it is more commonly recognized as the star of David, a six-point star. The symbol has origins in the Torah, and has been used as a symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism in Europe since the Middle Ages. 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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