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May 10, 2011 eNewsletter

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May 10, 2011

Dear friend,

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! And if there are stories or resources that you'd like to see on our site, even if you're not a writer, I'm happy to hear them, and will endeavor to make sure you're finding the resources you'd like to see.


Cheryl Coon was raised Jewish. Her husband was raised a Christian, but didn't believe in organized religion. But they, and their kids, look forward to Friday nights each week. Read more in: Shabbat Brought Us Together.


Participating in the Jewish Women's Archive's twitter celebration of Jewish Women's History Month, we're tweeting the JWA encyclopedia (or #jwapedia). Read more in: Jewish Women's History Month.

Karen Kushner learned, from the Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium, about genetic testing and its relevance (and importance) for interfaith couples. Read more in: Do Interfaith Couples Need Genetic Testing?


Howard Berman, in a recent opinion piece, wrote that "Intermarriage is the trend, and the Jewish community needs to welcome interfaith couples no matter what, even those raising their children in two religions. From another perspective, it's not that way at all..." Read more in: Beyond Conversion: Becoming a Jewish Family.


David Davies shared his experience of having a hatafat dam brit, letting of a drop of blood, which is performed on a male convert to Judaism who has already had a circumcision. Wondering what it really entails? Read more in: Does It Hurt?

Pop Culture

David Levy reviewed Andrea Myers's memoir, The Choosing: A Rabbi's Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days, which reminds us that there's more than one way to create an interfaith family. Read more in: The Review.

Nate Bloom got the scoop on the Jewish connection at the royal wedding, an interfaith celebrity lesbian wedding, Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson, plus Michael Douglas in Canada too! Read more in: Interfaith Celebrities.

I looked at an interfaith couple, recently featured on the new reality show Pregnant in Heels, who are expecting their first baby in a week, and have many unanswered questions, many sources of conflict. Read more in: Pregnant in Heels: Talk about Religion!

The Hitch

Mia and Ethan, in the midst of planning their interfaith wedding, blog about the importance of their rings. Read more in How to make a Jewish art deco ring.

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Hebrew for "drop of blood covenant," it is a ritual circumcision for those already circumcised. (Usually men who are converting to Judaism.) 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.
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