November 1, 2005
Quick--what's the easiest way for members of interfaith families to engage in something Jewish? The most welcoming Jewish activities, with fewest barriers, involve social action--where no questions are asked about anyone's religious background, and no Hebrew or Jewish knowledge is required.
In connection with Jewish Social Action Month, this issue of InterfaithFamily.com's Web Magazine highlights members of interfaith families uniting around shared values while engaging in tikkun olam , repairing the world.
Brianne Kruger Nadeau discusses why children of interfaith families find social action the easiest way to participate in the Jewish community. Read More
Rabbi Lev Baesh tells how social action activities attract interfaith families to his synagogue and are particularly appealing to them. Read More
David Weintraub describes how he and his Catholic wife were drawn together by their shared social activist backgrounds, values and activities. Read More
"Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life" columnist Andi Rosenthal writes how her intermarried parents' commitments to social justice helped her to choose Judaism. Read More
Please join our online discussion on the topic: Which social action activities and/or issues have united your family?
Social Action News and Opinion
Sarah Bassin suggests that Jewish organizations should focus on whether something is good, not just good for the Jews. Read More
Larry Brook reports on Jewish hurricane relief efforts in Mississippi. Read More
Sue Fishkoff reports on a project to train rabbis how to use social justice in their work. Read More
Arts and Entertainment
Sam Ball tells how The New Jewish Filmmaking Project helps Jewish teens, many with intermarried parents, explore their religious identity. Read More
Michael Fox reviews Twin Sisters , a Dutch film set during the Holocaust with an interfaith angle, recently released on DVD. Read More
David Lida interviews novelist Francisco Goldman, child of a Jewish father and a Catholic Guatemalan mother, and author of recently published The Divine Husband. Read More
Please come back on November 15 for Part 2 of Interfaith Families and Social Action.
Ronnie Friedland, Editor
Write for Us! Topics: Shabbat, and the Holocaust
We're looking for writers for two upcoming issues. In one, we want to address how interfaith families celebrate--or chose not to celebrate--Shabbat. In the second, we want to hear how having parents or grandparents who are survivors of the Holocaust impacts people in interfaith relationships. If you'd like to write for us on either topic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization
The Jewish Coalition for Service connects people to volunteer programs that work to repair the world, building a future based on compassion and humanity. The mission of the Coalition is to inspire everyone in the Jewish community to dedicate a part of their lives to full-time, hands-on volunteer work.