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June 3, 2014 eNewsletter - Chicago

June 3, 2014

Dear Friends,

The holiday of Shavuot begins tonight, and we have lots of information about this important holiday and how to celebrate. And while the warm weather is finally, slowly settling in, I’m already thinking about the fall holidays! Writers—please send me your story ideas that are timely for the end of summer and early fall.

Lindsey Silken

Coming Up in Chicago Love & Religion
Love & Religion Workshop
Are you in an interfaith/intercultural relationship? We have a workshop for you! Love and Religion is a 4-part interactive, low-key workshop for newly married, engaged or seriously dating couples. Four sessions are in the city and one from your computer. Register now!

Mishkan: Up All Night to Get Lucky
COME TONIGHT to see Rabbi Ari Moffic, Director of IFF/Chicago and other excellent teachers from around the city teach at this exciting Shavuot event. Shavuot celebrates revelation: Juicy, intimate, deep truth about the world, which we get through Torah and life, if we're paying attention (and if we're lucky). A night of revelation through the mind, body + spirit, Torah, food, yoga, discussion and more. Learn more
Shavuot Cruise
Holiday How-To
Wondering what the heck to eat in honor of Shavuot? Click here. And then read about Andi’s adventure on a cruise during Shavuot, where she also had to figure out where to pray—and with whom. Read more
Pop Culture
Fault in Our Stars Cast
Stars of Fault in Our Stars
See which The Fault in Our Stars actors are from interfaith families and learn about the creator of Orange is the New Black. Plus, see what else is sizzling onscreen this summer. Read more
Parenting Blog
Julie's Family Guest blogger Julie Silver knows first hand how hard it is for two working moms to raise kids—not to mention Jewishly, and Jessie Boatright comes up with a way to keep Shabbat without turning down invitations from those who do not observe the holiday.
Kids' Books
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How to Honor Teachers
Kathy Bloomfield went to Catholic school and relishes what she learned about the power of prayer. She suggests books to read with your kids about honoring their teachers. Read more
Wedding Blog
Wedding Rituals While Ryan and his fiancé try to figure out which religious items to wear at their wedding, Anne and her fiancé are trying to sort out which rituals to perform at their ceremony. And Chris and Dana share "the best trip we have ever been on together"—to Israel. Follow the latest from all our wedding bloggers here!
AlcoholismAlcoholism: No One Is Immune
“In each case that I have met a Jewish woman facing this struggle, the request is always, ‘Please keep this private; our friends and families don’t know.’ I want to see the stigma lifted.” Read more

Staff Blog
Blueberry Cheesecake Rabbi Robyn from IFF/Philadelphia has 7 ways to make Shavuot meaningful. Rabbi Ari from IFF/Chicago asks what makes values inherently Jewish? Rabbi Mychal from IFF/SF Bay Area says it's not only about the kids when it comes to Jewish engagement. April from IFF/Boston understands that not everyone fits in to the traditional education style and shares a local alternative. And Jodi applauds Mitchell Shames' assertion that Jews don't just help Jews, Jews help community.

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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. The first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), or the scroll that contains them.
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