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March 11, 2014 eNewsletter - Boston

March 11, 2014

Dear Friends,

We have lots of great news to share. CEO Ed Case and President Jodi Bromberg have shared their Year-End Update on what InterfaithFamily accomplished in 2013. Thanks to everyone who supported us along the way. We are also thankful to the teens at the recent BBYO International Convention who voted us their grantee of choice out of the organizations in this year’s Slingshot Guide. This is a very meaningful grant for us.

We’re also busy prepping for Purim, and you’ll find lots of resources below for learning, baking and celebrating. I’ll be at the TribeFest conference for young Jewish adults during the holiday and hope to meet some of you there.

Lindsey Silken

Coming UVilnap in Boston
Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
What can Judaism teach us about parenting? This ten-week program brings together caring parents and expert facilitators. Starting March 19 and meeting Wednesday evenings at the Vilna Shul from 7:30-9 p.m. for parents with children up to age 12. Participants come from all backgrounds and include interfaith couples, LGBT parents, single parents and those who are not Jewish. Learn more

There are lots of interfaith-friendly Purim events happening in the Greater Boston area! Find out at InterfaithFamily/Boston where to celebrate this weekend.
Marriage & Relationships
The Last Cooking Lesson
To Susan’s mother, a Jewish home was a home in which hamantaschen were made and shared and sent in packages to loved ones. While not Jewish, Susan’s partner helps make that a reality. Read more
Purim Resources
Purim Video
For You & Everyone You Know
If you or your kids are new to Purim, or you’re helping to educate someone who is, try our Purim Booklet, or one of these videos about what the Megillah is, the Purim story for kids and preparing for the holiday with kids. Find more resources
Hamantaschen 2.0
Did someone say cookie? See how editorial director Lindsey sets about making her hamantaschen different—and more Nutella-filled—than the rest. Read more
Growing Up in an Interfaith Family
Find a Friendly Summer Camp!
Have you heard about our new Jewish Summer Camp Resource Page? We’re calling all interfaith-friendly Jewish camps to become members of our Network so we can add you to our list! If you need assistance, we’re here to help. Read more
Kids' Books
Purim BooksLearn About Purim with Your Kids
Kathy learned about the holiday of Purim when her son began to learn about it at school. She got up to speed fast and has the latest books for your family to read together. Read more
Pop Culture
Kunis & KutcherMila + Ashton, and All our Favorite Stars
In this week’s Hollywood Now, we’re loving interfaith couple Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher and looking forward to Adrien Brody and Jake Gyllenhaal’s new films. We’re also having a lovefest for everything Leslie Mann does. See what’s on tap (this one’s kid-friendly!). Read more

From the Blog
PurimSTAFF BLOG: Rabbi Robyn from IFF/Philadelphia talks with a newlywed about Queen Esther's role in an interfaith marriage. Joshua from IFF/Boston explores the convergence of Purim and St. Patrick's Day. In Chicago, Rabbi Ari recently gave a sermon which she shares, about where today's American Judaism is, and where it can go. IFF/San Francisco Bay Area's Marilyn blogs about the Hebrew calendar and how it all works.

WEDDING BLOG: Anne's fiancé, Sam explains fasting in Catholicism and Judaism and why he plans to fast on their wedding day. Scroll down to read Anne's research into what the tradition behind the wedding veil is in Christianity and Judaism. And Dana is thrown a huge wedding shower! She shares why both her family and Chris' had her in tears (of joy).

PARENTING BLOG: Jane also explores Esther's interfaith marriage and wonders what Esther would think of the Jewish community if she were alive today.

Purim cooking
 Coming Up in Boston
 Marriage & Relationships
 Purim Resources
 Growing Up in an Interfaith Family
 Kids' Books
 Pop Culture
 From the Blog
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A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) Hebrew for "lots," referring to the lots cast by Haman, the story's antagonist, to determine the date on which to kill the Jewish people. It's a spring holiday commemorating the Jewish people's triumph. The story is told through the biblical Book of Esther; the namesake heroine, a Jewish woman, marries the Persian king. Their interfaith relationship is central to the story. 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. Yiddish for "synagogue."
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