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March 25, 2014 eNewsletter - Chicago

March 25, 2014

Dear Friends,

As Passover approaches, you might find yourself attending or bringing someone else to a seder for the first time. Or perhaps you’re a veteran seder-goer but you’re hosting for the first time, or just feeling a little rusty on the Passover rituals. We have informative and fun resources and recipes to share no matter your familiarity with this Jewish holiday coming up on April 14.

Lindsey Silken

Coming Up in Chicago JBaby
Love, Religion...and Baby
Interfaith couples with babies birth-2 y/o: IFF/Chicago is offering a JBaby class which will run over 4 weeks. We’ll treat you to breakfast June 22, then meet the next week for coffee, use video-conferencing in the evening the third week and attend a baby-friendly Shabbat service together as our closing session. We’ll talk about how to make religious decisions for yourselves and your children. Learn more
Passover Book
Haggadot & Kids' Books
Teach your kids about the holiday of Passover with these fun kids’ books, and then find some DIY resources for making your own Haggadah…or just buying the best one on the shelf. Read more
Passover Resources
Passover Booklet
Know Before You Go
Attending your first seder or just can’t remember what happened last year? Brush up with our Setting the Passover Table Booklet, plus articles on preparing for Passover and how to make a seder inclusive. Find more resources
New Passover Recipes
Think Outside the Matzah
Start thinking about what dish to bring or what to serve at your Passover table. Our recipe index is growing, with new recipes from for Asian Meatballs and Matzah Meal-Crusted Quinoa Cakes. Read more
Passover Fun
Passover Video
Cocktails & LOL Videos
In preparation for Passover, we’re excited to share some very fun stuff from our friends at Learn how to make Passover cocktails…yes you heard us correctly. And get a laugh with Part 1 of this hilarious video series Passover According to Kids.
Growing Up in an Interfaith Family
Israel TripOnly in Israel
During Brittany's extended stay in Israel, her parents take advantage and come to visit. Touring the holy land with her mother who is Jewish and father who is not Jewish turns out to be eye opening for all of them. Read more
Pop Culture
DivergentZoe Kravitz, James Franco, Leighton Meester & Jennifer Connelly
Can’t wait to see Divergent? Learn about its interfaith cast including Zoe Kravitz. And see why you’re also going to want to catch Noah and It Felt Like Love. Plus, see what James Franco and Leighton Meester are up to on Broadway. Read more

From the Blog
Telling your parentsSTAFF BLOG: Wendy from IFF/Philadelphia and Joycellen Young Auritt answer how to tell your parents that you are involved with someone of another religion (race, culture or gender). Joshua from IFF/Boston discusses the question of the bris and how it's determined if a child is Jewish. In Chicago, Rabbi Ari recaps her recent presentations at TribeFest, where she spoke with young Jewish leaders. IFF/San Francisco Bay Area's Marilyn is anxious about Passover and the burden of yet another food restriction.

WEDDING BLOG: Chris weighs in on everyone's question: Are you having a Jewish wedding? and shares his favorite Jewish wedding rituals that he and Dana plan to incorporate.

PARENTING BLOG: When Jessie's daughter boycott's Shabbat, it hurts. But she manages to reignite Ruthie's enjoyment in this weekly family ritual.

 Coming Up in Chicago
 Passover Resources
 New Passover Recipes
 Passover Fun
 Growing Up in an Interfaith Family
 Pop Culture
 From the Blog
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Hebrew for "telling," the text that outlines the order of the Passover seder. There are many, many versions of this book, which dates back almost 2,000 years. Because we are commanded to expand upon the story, the Haggadah contains ancient interpretations, as well as stage directions and explanations, for the Passover meal. The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. 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. Hebrew for "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.
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