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March 1, 2011 eNewsletter

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National Day of Unplugging

Mar. 4-5: Reboot invites you to look at their Sabbath Manifesto and find a way to put down your phone, sign out of email and stop your Facebook and Twitter updates for 25 hours. More details can be found here.

March 1, 2001

Dear friend,

While I try to ensure that our newsletters touch on a variety of topics, I think this might be our most eclectic yet. I'm sure there's something to pique everyone's interest!

Passover-Easter Survey

Friday is your last chance to win $500! Take our survey about interfaith families' experiences with Passover and Easter celebrations. We're also asking some questions about what attracts interfaith families to Jewish resources, programs and organizations.

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Israel. It's a complicated topic, and often hard to talk about. Michal Richardson looks back on the Birthright Israel trips she's led, and the experiences of the young adults that have joined her. Read more in You and Israel: It's Complicated.

We took a look at an anthology of personal essays, poems and photgraphs about the impact Birthright Israel trips had on the participants. Read more in What They Brought Back.


Dan Fost is highly connected to technology and gizmos. After getting involved with the National Day of Unplugging, he figured out what it means to unplug from our fast-paced world in order to connect to Shabbat with his family. Read more in Unplugged, Interfaith Style.

Pop Culture

Following the hype of his recent memoir movie, we look at the Jewish influences in Justin Bieber's life. Read more (and see some photos and videos) in Justin Bieber: Honorary Jew?

In his bi-weekly column, Nate Bloom looks at the Jewish and interfaith women who grace the AskMen 99 Most Desirable Women list. Plus: updates on Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Lindsay Lohan. Read more in Interfaith Celebrities: Something Hot as Winter Rolls On.

Life Cycle

When Laurel Snyder gave birth to her son, she asked a nurse for advice on finding a good mohel. She ended up being interrogated by an unnecessarily mean mohel. But it could have gone differently. Read more in Not a Jewish Birth Story.

Our chief education officer, Karen Kushner, was interviewed about best divorce practices for interfaith couples. Read more in Divorce, Interfaith Style.

Ed Case shared a moving anecdote about a Boston-area Jewish leader who passed away recently. Read more in Remembering Michael Rukin.

Identity and Intermarriage

On the blog, Ed Case looked at two different approaches to defining "who is a Jew," both of which appeared in The Forward. Read more in More Who Is a Jew.

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner addressed the World Union of Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) earlier this month, highlighting his denomination's need to more fully embrace interfaith issues. Read more in What it Means to Me to be a Reform Jew.

Karen Kushner also spoke at the WUPJ, giving an address called "Accepting the Gift of Interfaith Marriage." Read more in More About the Reform/Progressive World.

Ed took a look at the media coverage of the WUPJ gathering. Read more in Intermarriage Around the Reform/Progressive World.

Also on the blog, I wondered if intermarriage was a hip, cool topic. Read more in Are We Trendy?

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An international program that sends thousands of young Jews to Israel each year for free. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) Hebrew for "circumciser" (Yiddish term is "moyel"), the person who performs a ritual circumcision. The feminine form is "mohelet." 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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