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May 10, 2005 eNewsletter


Highlighting Connections In Your Area

Dear friend,

One of's main services is our Connections In Your Area system, which connects interfaith families with welcoming Jewish organizations in their local communities and with the programs those organizations offer that are designed for, or welcome participation of, interfaith families.

Every two weeks, starting with this issue of The eConnection , we're going to highlight one organization from Connections In Your Area on the home page of You can search for organizations and events where you live by visiting Connections In Your Area
If your organization isn't listed, it's easy to sign up. Just go to Connections In Your Area  and click on Organizations - Join Now!


 Web Magazine

May 10, 2005

In this issue of's Web Magazine, we continue to look at the multiplicity of ways that interfaith families consider themselves to be engaging in Jewish life.

Eileen Rockefeller Growald and her family belong to a synagogue and celebrate Shabbat weekly, as reported in an article by Rachel Pomerance. Read more

Cara Nissman prefers to share her heritage with friends and family at home, as opposed to attending synagogue. Read more

Gina Hagler, a non-Jewish partner, searched for a synagogue that would be comfortable for her and her family. Read more

After initially raising their children as secular Jews, Sue Repko found a synagogue through a connection with another writer. Read more

Please join our online discussion on the topic: In what ways have you tried to engage in Jewish life? Were the results satisfying?

Our Review, by Cheryl F. Coon, is of Philip Roth’s novel, The Plot Against AmericaRead more

News and Opinion

Julie Gruenbaum Fax profiles Rabbi Harold Schulweis (a member of’s Board of Advisors) at 80. Read more

Sue Fishkoff writes of the hard choices faced by non-Jewish mothers raising Jewish children, read more , and of an innovative program that helps non-Jewish mothers raise Jewish kids. Read more.

Dan Baron covers Israel’s new conversion policy. Read more

In our Dialogue and Debate, Beth Lugo, an intermarried woman, makes a plea to other intermarried couples to raise Jewish children. Read more.

Coming Next

Please return on May 24 when we look at death and mourning in interfaith families.

Warm regards,



          Ronnie Friedland, Editor


Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization

Building Jewish Bridges , a program of the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay,  where couples can share information and resources and participate in a shared process of clarifying values. 

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Network News

JTA Story Features InterfaithFamily

Award-winning journalist Sue Fishkoff, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency's new "Jewish identity" writer, featured's Edmund Case and our writers Teresa McMahon and Rena Mello in Non-Jewish Mothers Face Conversion Dilemma .

Successful “Friend-raiser” for InterfaithFamily

Over forty people enjoyed presentations by Dr. Bernie Steinberg, Executive Director of Harvard Hillel, and Edmund Case at an April 26, 2005 Boston-area "Friend-raiser." Read more about it at Network Highlights . If you'd like to have a similar gathering in your area, contact us at .

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With best regards,

Edmund Case, President & Publisher

Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. 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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