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Love and Knishes

April 3: Get a taste of tradition with Fusion! From matzah ball soup to chocolate covered macaroons, you'll make and eat some of the most popular Passover recipes in this hands-on afternoon of family fun perfect for kids and parents too. More details can be found here.

March 29, 2011

Dear friend,

I really enjoy being able to offer a diverse array of articles in the newsletter, and this week's no exception. There's a little something for everyone here, including our newly updated Passover Resource Page.

Do you have a favorite Passover recipe you'd like to share with our readers? A fantastic idea for augmenting the seder? A fabulous tip for getting through the "spring dilemma"? Let me know!


Growing Up in an Interfaith Family

Jordyn Rozensky, raised in an interfaith family, wondered if she was "Jewish enough" before opting for a conversion – no, affirmation – ceremony. Read more in Removing The Stumbling Block.

Galit Breen's children usually are quite excited for the holidays. But this time, her daughter just wasn't interested. She seized the opportunity to have conversations, encouraged questioning and a lot of thinking as a great way to pique her family and kids' interest. (Plus they came up with wonderful personal additions.) Read more in When It Comes To Religion, Think. Please.


Passover

It's almost April which means it's almost Passover! We're rolling out new resources for the holiday.

For starters, we have a new booklet, Setting The Passover Table Made Easy, which explains all of the ritual components and suggests how to make an inclusive and attention-holding seder.

There's our new introductory video to the seder plate, which focuses on those 5-6 ritual items.

You could also check out our video on the Four Questions, a video for kids and families about Passover, our recipe archive...

And don't forget to check back frequently – we'll be updating the Passover resources as the holiday draws nearer.


Relationships

Jannon Stein wonders if she meets the criteria for being in an interfaith relationship – her boyfriend is agnostic. But finding common ground still resonates regardless of classification. Read more in Can You Call It Interdating When Your Partner is Agnostic?


Pop Culture

Nate Bloom rounds up the last fortnight from the interfaith celebrity world, with profiles and pop culture news. Read more in Interfaith Celebrities: Elizabeth Taylor, Casey Abrams, Mildred Pierce and More.


From the Network Blog

Ed Case took a look at Cokie and Steve Roberts' Our Haggadah and made a confession: He likes it. Read more in Cokie and Steve Roberts, Revisited.

Ed also wrote about the URJ's incoming president, wondering how Rabbi Rick Jacobs will compare to outgoing president Rabbi Eric Yoffie. Read more in A New URJ President and the Reform Commitment to Engaging Interfaith Families.

Ed then reflected on his experience leading a session on "changing attitudes towards intermarriage." Read more in Limmud Chicago 2011.

Heather Martin posted about how being in an interfaith relationship draws her into Judaism more, and makes her appreciate and question all aspects of her Jewish customs – including the reasons for jelly fruit candies at Passover. Read more in Candied Jelly Fruit and Other Things to Ponder.

Ethan and Mia continued preparing for their interfaith wedding, with thanks to Skype and the internet. Read more in The Power of Skype.

And I blogged about the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, her activism and conversion to Judaism. Read more in On Dame Elizabeth Taylor z"l and Conversion.


Do you have an interesting story to share about a life-cycle event? About your extended (uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, grandparents, grandchildren) interfaith family? Are you LGBT and in an interfaith family? I'd love to hear your story pitches! Contact me!

Sincerely,

Benjamin Maron, Managing Editor

InterfaithFamily.com | P.O. Box 428, Newton, MA 02464 | 617 581 6860 | network@interfaithfamily.com

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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. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) Hebrew word for an unleavened bread, traditionally eaten during the holiday of Passover. 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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