May 22, 2007
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When you have a child, it's not just one life you're bringing into the world. You're also starting a new life as a parent and as a family. For many interfaith couples, a child's birth, or adoption, is the start of the family's religious life. Decisions which may have seemed irrelevant before--will the child be baptized, will the child go to religious school, what holidays will be celebrated at home--suddenly become urgent. For a variety of perspectives on Babies, read the new issue of our Web Magazine .
Michael and Melanie Brent were a typical interfaith couple. They traveled, enjoyed concerts, had little to do with organized religion. But twins changed everything. Read more in Going Nuclear.
If you adopt a child from Asia, how much of their native culture do you share with them? Tracy Hahn-Burkett celebrates her daughter's Korean heritage one day, and her Jewish religion the next, in Challah and Rice Cakes.
Does Circumcision Reduce the Risk of Contracting HIV? Rabbi Donni Aaron investigates.
Sarah Sookman is the child of a Jewish father and a Protestant mother. Contemplating her future children before her wedding to a Jewish man, she wonders: should I convert? Read more in Baby Talk.
Rabbi Miriam Jerris shares some ideas and guidelines for a Humanistic birth ceremony in A Secular Welcoming.
In Alternadad , Neal Pollack struggles between staying young and being a father. Read more in Alizah Salario's Hipster Dad in Yuppieland.
Cheryl Coon reviews a children's book about a Jewish family's adoption of a Vietnamese baby. Read more in From Le Thi Hong to Rivka Shoshanah.
France's new president is descended from one of the oldest Jewish families in Greece. Read more about Nicolas Sarkozy's background in Will Sarkozy's Jewish Roots Impact French Policies?
In Maryland, a rural synagogue and renewal center keeps up its innovative ways with a Sunday school that teaches children and their parents. Read more.
Report on Our User Survey
In January and February, we asked for your opinions about our website. Read what you said in Survey Shows High Level of Satisfaction with InterfaithFamily.com.
What do Shavuot, immigration and the Bible's most famous convert have to do with each other? Find out in Shavuot Lesson: Jews Must Champion Cause of Strangers in a Strange Land, by Rabbi Jill Jacobs.
Arts and Entertainment
In the newest installment of Interfaith Celebrities, Nate Bloom discusses Paul Wolfowitz's Arab girlfriend, a rumored romance between George Soros and Queen Noor of Jordan, and the Naked Brothers Band.
Additional Resources on Babies
For more on birth ceremonies, including our Guide to Birth Ceremonies for Interfaith Families, see our Birth Ceremonies Resource Page. For more on parenting, see our Parenting Resource Page .
What's New on the Blogs
On the IFF Network Blog, we recently wrote about our first-ever conference .
On the Weddings Blog , Bryan wrote about the dreaded butterflies .
Our next issue, on coming out about your interfaith relationship, will be published June 5.
Micah Sachs, Online Managing Editor
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