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May 24, 2005 eNewsletter


 Web Magazine

May 24, 2005

Dear friend,

What do you think about first when you think about interfaith relationships: weddings? raising children? At the other end of the spectrum, end-of-life concerns are the subject of this issue of's Web Magazine .

Cantor Ron Li-Paz describes the funeral he led for a non-Jewish member of his synagogueRead more

Steven Michalove describes his Jewish father's funeral and compares it to that of his Luthern father-in-law. Read more

Marlena Thompson writes of the funeral she arranged for her husband and of how she began observing some of his rituals after his death. Read more

Paulette Mann asks her grandchildren--children of both Jewish and interfaith parents--what helps them cope with the recent loss of their grandfather. Read more

Rabbi Lev Baesh writes of his approach to funerals and of one interfaith funeral in which he participated. Read more

Please join our online discussion on the topic: In mourning for a loved one, which rituals, or religion, did you find most helpful?

Arts and Entertainment

Tom Tugend reviews the new film ModiglianiRead more

Cheryl F. Coon reviews children's books about God that are appropriate for interfaith families. Read more


Sue Fishkoff reports on a survey of children of intermarried couples. Read more

Joe Eskenazi writes about Conservative rabbis grappling with how to liberalize their policies toward the intermarried. Read more

Finally, we reprint two columns by the editor and a staff writer of The Jerusalem Report about new developments on conversion in Israel. Read more

Coming Next

Please come back for two issues on interfaith weddings, on June 7 and 21.

Warm regards,



          Ronnie Friedland, Editor


Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

The DCJCC  offers a wide range of programs for interfaith couples and families, including couples workshops, holiday "how-to's," Introduction to Judaism, and more.


Network News

Dru Greenwood Joins Our Advisory Board

The former national director of outreach for the Reform Movement is one of the most experienced and beloved outreach professionals in the country. Read more in Network Highlights .

Join Us At The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

We're co-sponsoring Rashevski's Tango at four showings in the Bay Area between July 28 and August 7. For details visit Network Highlights .

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