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March 29, 2005 eNewsletter


Welcome to the New Look of the New Issue of Our Web Magazine!

Dear friend,

We’re very excited to introduce our new website and this, our first new eConnection email newsletter! We have a new logo, reflecting the dual mission of, Inc. to encourage Jewish choices by interfaith families, and to encourage the Jewish community to welcome them. Here are just some of the benefits of our new site:

  • It will be easier for you to search for and find just the information you want. For our Web Magazine, click here. For our over 1000 article Archive, click here.
  • Our improved online discussions will display easy-to-follow related postings. To add your voice, click here.
  • To find welcoming Jewish organizations and programs in our Connections In Your Area system, hosted by, click here.
  • We've created an entirely new section for the Network. To find out all about our advocacy efforts, opportunities for people in interfaith relationships, and membership benefits, click here.
  • If you’re with the press, click here to visit our new Press Room designed especially for you.

One of the most exciting new features is that we can present you with the most recent and most popular content on topics of personal interest to you. To register your interests, click here.

We hope you’ll enjoy navigating our new site. We want to thank our hard-working friends at our new host Kintera, the leading provider of technology solutions for non-profits. There will be glitches and we’re continuing to edit, so we welcome your feedback at

Finally, we're asking for your help. To forward this eConnection to a friend, click here --the more people we reach with our welcoming message, the better. We've made it easy to become a member of the Network--click here to join--and to make the charitable contributions that make our work possible--click here  to donate. If you appreciate what we do and find it helpful, we'd appreciate your support.

With best regards,


   Edmund Case, President & Publisher

The New Issue of Our Web Magazine

Passover and Easter


Rabbi Arthur P. Nemitoff offers an overview of what the Passover seder is all about, comparing it to a theatrical production. Read more

Jim Keen, a non-Jew married to a Jew, describes his first experience leading a seder. Read more

In her "Star/Crossed: Notes from an Interfaith Life" column, Jew-by-choice Andi Rosenthal describes her experience celebrating her first Passover with her non-Jewish family. Read more

Visit the magazine front page for links to other helpful holiday resources. And please join our online discussion on the topic: How do you make non-Jewish guests at your seder feel welcome?

Arts and Entertainment/News

Cheryl Coon reviews "Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi," a powerful evocation of growing up half-Jewish in Germany under Hitler. Read more

Gabrielle Birkner writes about a Reconstructionist rabbinical student who is a direct descendent of FDR. Read more

Coming Next

Please come back on April 12 when we continue to look at Passover and Easter in interfaith families.

Warm regards,


          Ronnie Friedland, Editor

News from the Network

Our Latest Survey

Thank you to the 186 respondents to our Passover Predicament Survey. Some interesting findings: 97% participated in Passover and 59% in Easter celebrations; 87% kept their celebrations separate; 69% said their Easter celebrations were more secular than religious. To read more, click here.

Tips for an Inclusive Seder

We’re pleased to offer a set of helpful tips on making your Passover seder inclusive, featuring some of the best advice from our Archive. To download the pdf file, click here.


Visit IFF Network to learn about our new Professionals Advisory Circle, our exhibit at the Jewish Community Centers Association convention April 3-4, our April 26 Boston-area friend-raiser, and more.

Some Helpful Links

The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." 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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