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November 23, 2010

Dear friend,

Though Thanksgiving is this week, we're already looking past the turkey to latkehs and other Hanukkah treats... This eNewsletter has Hanukkah recipes, insight into your December holiday practices, and some words about the December dilemma.

But if you're thinking that it's still November, and you're not yet ready for the holidays, fear not: we're also bringing you some celebrity updates, a touching video about conversion, and more... Read on!

December Dilemma

We have the results from our annual December Holiday Survey, which examines how people in interfaith relationships deal with the competing demands of Hanukkah and Christmas. The confluence of those holidays, the so-called "December dilemma," has been considered one of the most significant potential flashpoints in intermarriages between Jews and Christians. Check out our press release or see the full results in pdf or doc format. You can also see what USA Today had to say about it.

Jemi Kostiner Mansfield explains how she doesn't allow the "December dilemma" to overshadow her family's lives--in December or any other time of year--in her article, Turning the Dilemma into a Tradition.

And because so many holidays are really just about the food, we have a collection of all of our Hanukkah recipes.


Rabbi Howard A. Berman and our friends at the Society for Classical Reform Judaism shared an interactive Cyber-Sabbath service experience.

Though recognized as Jewish by the Reform movement, the Grossmans wanted their baby daughter to be recognized as Jewish by as many of the Jewish denominations as possible.  Mayyim Hayyim created a moving video of their daughter's conversion.

Over on our blog, a look at a judge's suggested in-court life-cycle event for a baby girl, and virtual bar and bat mitzvahs. And on the other end of the spectrum, cemetery news for interfaith families.

Popular Culture

Nate Bloom has the scoop on CIA agent Valerie Plame's life becoming Fair Game for Naomi Watts; Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hatheway learning about Love and Other Drugs; and remembering Jill Clayburgh.

A look at the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the lessons the Jewish community could learn from their intermarriage.

In the Community

Our CEO, Ed Case, represented at the General Assembly - and spoke there about interfaith families and intermarriage.

Many locals communities across the US (and the world) have Limmud conferences. Robin Schwartz, our Network Director, wrote about a couple Limmuds on our blog. (Bonus: we've got a discount for you!)

Congratulations to Phyllis Greenspan of Houston, TX who won our $500 American Express giftcard giveaway for participating in our 2010 December Holiday survey!

Are you a parent raising children in an interfaith home? Want to blog about it? I'm looking for a few more writers... Please get in touch with me!


Benjamin Maron, Managing Editor | P.O. Box 428, Newton, MA 02464 | 617 581 6860 |

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Plural form of the Hebrew word "mitzvah" which means "commandment," it has two meanings. The first are the commandments given in the Torah. ("You should obey the mitzvah of honoring your parents!") The second is a good deed. ("Helping her carry her groceries home was such a mitzvah!") Yiddish word for a potato pancake, traditionally eaten during Hanukkah. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) 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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