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May 20, 2014 eNewsletter - Philadelphia

May 20, 2014

Dear Friends,

There’s never a dull moment here at InterfaithFamily. We’re rolling out the red carpet for our first subsidized interfaith family trip to Israel, led by IFF/Philadelphia. If you live in the Philly area and are interested, or know someone who might be, learn more here.

We’re hiring again! Clergy, take note: We are looking for warm, talented and experienced rabbis for our new Rabbi/Senior Educator position, as well as Director of IFF/Boston.

If none of those announcements apply to you, scroll down to learn about the upcoming holiday of Shavuot and read our newest essays and blogs.

Lindsey Silken

Coming Up in Philadelphia Tel Aviv
Interfaith Family Trip to Israel
Visit Israel with IFF/Philadelphia this winter on a subsidized trip for interfaith families! Learn more at info sessions on June 1 in Richboro, Narberth and Philly. Learn more

Love, Religion & Cocktails
If you are in an interfaith relationship in which one partner is Jewish or if you grew up in an interfaith family, come join IFF/Philadelphia for appetizers and an informal discussion of the unique blessings and challenges of interfaith relationships. Learn more
Extended Family
Rameez at Passover Camp
Lone Muslim at Passover Camp
Rameez is pretty sure she was the only Muslim at Passover camp this year. It was surprisingly fun and comfortable, but she left with a host of thoughts and questions. Read more
Dan & son in Israel
Next Time: Everyone Goes
Dan’s been visiting Israel regularly: usually alone, sometimes with one of his family members. But when his daughter asks “Can you bring me?” he realizes it might be time to rethink his next travel plan. Read more
Shavuot Dairy
The Basics & Recipes
Even those of us who are already familiar with Shavuot often get caught by surprise by this holiday, and we barely manage to remember to eat something with dairy. New to the holiday or not, read up ahead of time and learn about the meaning behind Shavuot which starts the evening of June 3, and how to celebrate deliciously.
Kids' Books that Matter
The Poppy LadyOn the Value of Remembrance
How do you teach your children that remembering people, events or experiences is important? Kathy Bloomfield shares her favorite kids’ books about remembrance. Read more
Pop Culture
Jon HammAdam & Drew, Jon Hamm and Andi Dorfman
There’s a lot to catch up on in Hollywood this week. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore team up again, Jon Hamm plays a Jewish sports agent and Andi Dorfman could be the next Jewish celebrity in an interfaith relationship…or engagement on The Bachelorette. Read more

From the Blog
The Book of Ruth STAFF BLOG: Rabbi Robyn from IFF/Philadelphia investigates the story of Ruth—a Shavuot read—and Ruth's interfaith relationship. Rabbi Ari from IFF/Chicago is putting herself out there to answer your questions. Rabbi Mychal from IFF/SF Bay Area has long struggled with the idea of Lilith, the quintessential Jewish outsider, and exposes how many of us feel like the outsider in Judaism. April from IFF/Boston talks about a synagogue that is a great example of welcoming parents who aren't Jewish rasing their kids Jewish. And Lindsey responds to Steven M. Cohen's claim that intermarriage leads to alienation from Israel.

WEDDING BLOG: Anne and Sam find a ketbuah artist and scribe and talk about the process. And Ryan takes some time to regroup and be reminded what his wedding day is really about during the madness that is wedding planning.

PARENTING BLOG: Jane responds to the Supreme Court's ruling on ceremonial prayer from the perspective of an intermarried Jewish parent.

 Coming Up in Philadelphia
 Extended Family
 Kids' Books that Matter
 Pop Culture
 From the Blog
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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." A Summer holiday commemorating the receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, it is also known as the Feast of Weeks, as it comes seven weeks after Passover begins. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.)
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