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March 28, 2006 eNewsletter


 Web Magazine

March 28, 2006

Dear friend,

Whether you are a child of intermarried parents, a grandmother of these children, or a member of an interfaith couple, this Passover and Easter issue of's Web Magazine has something for you.

Although she grew up celebrating both Passover and Easter, Brianne Kruger Nadeau now celebrates only one spring holiday.

Michael Felsen and his wife share the values underlying their secular celebration of Passover.

The mother of two intermarried children, Marlene Beach appreciates that at least one of them continues to celebrate Passover with her.

A favorite Passover article from our Archive, by Rabbi Rayzel Raphael , offers blessings specifically welcoming non-Jewish guests to your seder.

In our Dear Wendy column, Wendy Weltman Palmer responds to a mother of an engaged son, who wonders whether or not to invite his future in-laws to her seder.

Jayne Cohen offers delicious Passover recipes, as well as an account of a seder in Paris with her daughter's Chinese-American boyfriend as a guest.

What is it like to attend a seder for the first time? Alice C. Waugh shares her recollections.

Music can be a great enhancement to your celebration of any holiday, including Passover, says Rabbi Julie Greenberg .

Intermarried Rabbi Miriam S. Jerris describes her Passover and Easter celebrations.

Still hungry after sticking to her kosher-for-Passover diet, Danielle Freni finds herself tempted by McDonald's.

Finally, Danielle Stillman offers tips on sharing Passover with guests of any religion.

What do you think? Please join our online discussion on the topic: Are your non-Jewish seder guests willing participants or do they feel compelled to attend?

Coming Next

Please come back on April 11 when we look at some ways people in interfaith relationships have been affected by the Holocaust.

Warm regards,


          Ronnie Friedland, Editor

Write for Us!

We're looking for writers for our Babies issue on topics such as: Did becoming pregnant cause unanticipated religious issues between you and your spouse? How did you choose a religious welcoming ceremony for your child, or did you choose not to have one? How did you tell your parents about the religion you chose for your child, or did you find yourselves unable to choose?

For our Identity issue, if you're a child of intermarried parents, if you have identity conflicts, do they come from the way you are treated by the Jewish community, or are they due to not wanting to choose between your parents?

If you want to write on these topics, please send an email to .

Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

The Interfaith Connection provides support and community building opportunities for interfaith/intercultural couples and families where one of the partners is Jewish. Located in San Francisco and providing services in San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma counties, The Interfaith Connection is a safe place where you can begin or continue the process of exploring the religious and cultural differences & similarities of you and your partner.

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The Results Are In!

Even though Easter falls in the middle of Passover this year, 85% of the 270 respondents to our second annual Passover/Easter Survey will keep their holiday celebrations separate. For the complete survey results, click here .

Congratulations to Barbara Carr of San Diego, CA, who responded to the survey and won the drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.


We're honored to be featured at a reception hosted by the Samuel Bronfman Foundation at the Jewish Funders Network conference in Denver on April 3, 2006.

We're pleased to co-present the 20th anniversary gala celebration of San Francisco's pioneering Interfaith Connection on April 10, 2006 at the San Francisco JCC. For more information, click here .

We'd Like Your Input

The Network is creating a new resource to respond to many requests for help making Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies and celebrations welcoming and inclusive. To have your Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony idea included, please email us at .

We're still eager to hear whether having a rabbi officiate, or not officiate, at your wedding impacted your later involvement in Jewish life. Please share your experience, and be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate.

Ways You Can Get Involved

Support Us.  If what we do helps you or others you care about, please make a tax-deductible charitable contribution in support of our work.


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Hebrew for "daughter of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish girls come of age at 12 or 13. When a girl comes of age, she is officially a bat mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bat mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The male equivalent is "bar mitzvah." The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." Hebrew for "fit" (as in, "fit for consumption"), the Jewish dietary laws. Hebrew for "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.
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