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November 1, 2005 eNewsletter


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November 1, 2005

Dear friend,

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'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

Coming Next

Please come back on November 15 for Part 2 of Interfaith Families and Social Action.

Warm regards,

          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 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. 

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Network News

Jewish Social Action Month is pleased to participate, with two special issues of our Web Magazine, in Jewish Social Action Month, an effort endorsed by the Israeli Knesset and many Jewish organizations around the world and spearheaded by our partner

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Stop by booth #536 at the GA and/or booth #229 at the Reform Movement Biennial--we'd love to say hello in person!

Thank You for Taking Our Survey

Thank you to the over 397 people who responded to our December Dilemma Survey. Watch for the results in the December 13 issue of The eConnection.

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Hebrew for "repairing the world," a goal of the Jewish covenant with God. 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." The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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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