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June 7, 2005 eNewsletter


 Web Magazine

June 7, 2005

Dear friend,

You fall in love. You come from different religious backgrounds. You decide to marry. Mazel tov! Now let this issue of’s Web Magazine , the first of a three-part series, help with what comes next: the wedding ceremony of an interfaith couple.

Marc Tyler Nobleman describes anxieties and choices as he and his German girlfriend plan their wedding. Read More

Rabbi Lev Baesh explains what comprises a Jewish wedding. Read More

Rabbi Richard Schachet recommends something new--an interfaith prenuptial agreement on how a couple will handle religious issues in their life together. Read More

Lauren Stefano reviews a book on how to devise your own unique Jewish wedding celebration. Read More

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

The Jewish Holiday of Shavuot

To mark Shavuot (June 12), Andi Rosenthal’s “Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life” column focuses on the need to make others feel more welcome in our synagogues. Read More

Iraqi noodle omelets, Ashkenazi baked rice pudding: Linda Morel offers delicious recipes for celebrating the holiday. Read More


Jennifer Siegel writes about an outreach program being eliminated in New Jersey. Read More

Sue Fishkoff writes about a new report from the Jewish Outreach Institute on how to reach the unaffiliated. Read More

Judy Jacobson covers a Connecticut congregation that accomodates intermarrying members by having other members who are judges or justices of the peace officiate at their weddings in the sanctuary. Read More 

Coming Next

Please come back on June 21 for the second of our three-part series on interfaith weddings.

Warm regards,



          Ronnie Friedland, Editor


Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

The JCC of Greater Washington's  interfaith outreach program provides interfaith couples and families with an opportunity to explore Judaism in an inclusive environment. A founding principle of the program is to help facilitate participants' transition into aspects of Jewish life through engagement.  


Network News

Our New Wedding Resource is Available!

We're pleased to make available Wedding Ceremony Ideas for Interfaith Couples , a downloadable booklet of poems, prayers, readings and rituals suggested by you, our readers. Read more in Network Highlights .

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Featured Event

If you're in the Boston area, please join in this year's Boston Celebrates Israel event on Sunday June 19: a rally in Copley Square at 10:45, a walk to City Hall Plaza, and a concert by Mashina, one of Israel's most popular rock bands, at 2:00. For more information, visit .

Having Jewish family origins in Germany or Eastern Europe. Hebrew and Yiddish for "good luck," a phrase used to express congratulations for happy and significant occasions. A Summer holiday commemorating the receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, it is also known as the Feast of Weeks, as it comes seven weeks after Passover begins. 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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