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November 29, 2005 eNewsletter


A Special Opportunity: The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel

For the 20th summer, 26 outstanding rising high school seniors will be chosen as Fellows for five weeks of intensive study and travel in Israel. Founded by Edgar M. Bronfman, President of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, the Fellowships help Jewish students of diverse backgrounds--including children of intermarried parents--become community leaders committed to Jewish unity.  Fellows are selected on the basis of character, intellectual interests, special talents and leadership qualities. Upon returning home, they participate in a wide range of alumni activities aimed at promoting BYFI's goals of Jewish learning, pluralism, engagement with Israel, and social responsibility. For an online brochure and application, visit, or contact the BYFI office directly at (518) 475-7212 or

 Web Magazine

November 29, 2005

Dear friend,

What would having grandchildren raised in a different religion mean to you? It's hard to know how you'd really feel until it actually happens.

In the first of two issues of's Web Magazine on grandparenting, three Jewish grandmothers with grandchildren being raised Christian grapple with this reality. In the second issue, coming on January 10, we'll hear about the role played by grandparents whose grandchildren are being raised Jewish.

For Paula Hellman, having grandchildren raised in a different religion means looking for common ground and checking with her daughter about what's religiously permissible in her interactions with her grandson. Read More

For Marlene Beach, it means struggling to forgive herself and to accept her daughter's choice. Read More

For Paulette Mann, it means focusing on her daughter-in-law and grandsons' hearts and souls rather than their religion. Read More

In addition,

  • Janet Strassman Perlmutter offers perspective on why religious issues are so important in the grandparenting relationship, Read More and tips to grandparents whose grandchildren are being raised in a different religion, Read More,
  • Our "Dear Wendy" columnist offers advice to a Jewish grandmother who wants to give her Christian grandchildren Hanukkah presents. Read More

Please add your thoughts to our online discussion : Does having different religious identities inhibit a loving relationship with your grandchildren?

In Arts and Entertainment,

  • Cheryl F. Coon reviews the film Rashevski's TangoRead More
  • Michael Fox reviews Bee SeasonRead More
  • Alexandra J. Wall interviews Abigail Pogrebin, author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being JewishRead More

Finally, in News and Opinion, Sue Fishkoff reports on a new trend to have alternative life-cycle events outside of synagogues. Read More

Please come back for our next issue on December 13, for the first of two issues on the December Holidays.

Warm regards,


          Ronnie Friedland, Editor

Write for us! Topics: Holocaust and/or Choosing a Religion for Your Baby and Telling Your Parents

We're looking for writers on two topics:
1) Did your family's history with the Holocaust affect affect your interfaith family? If so, please write about it for us.
2) What was it like deciding and then telling your parents that you are going to raise your child in a different religion?
If you would like to write for us please email

Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

The Contemporary Jewish Museum  presents scholarly and artistic programs that explore the Jewish spirit and imagination. The Museum offers contemporary views and Jewish perspectives on culture, history, and art with programs reflecting global ideas that tie to the past and remain relevant to all people today. The Museum will be open for special holiday hours on Sunday Dec. 25th from 12-4pm.

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Hanukkah (known by many spellings) is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd Century BCE. It is marked by the lighting of a menorah and the eating of fried foods.
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