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November 5, 2013 eNewsletter - Boston

November 5, 2013

Dear Friends,

We recently wrapped up our annual holiday survey and want to thank the 700+ people who participated.We know your time is valuable, and now we hope you'll also share what you think of our resources, online and in person. Ten minutes of your time with this year's User Survey will greatly impact our content and programs for next year.

Below you’ll have the chance to learn more about our new President, Jodi Bromberg and read our new InterfaithFamily/Boston Director’s first blog post. We're also thrilled to share that we have been selected for Slingshot’s ninth guide as a Standard Bearer—read more below.

Lindsey Silken

Coming Up in Boston
Area Four
Swizzle 'n Sizzle at Area Four
Get energized for the weekend and Shabbat with JCC Interfaith Connections on Thursday, November 7 at this ever popular evening filled with great food and conversation. Plus, meet Joshua Troderman, Director of IFF/Boston. Held at Area Four bar/oven in Cambridge, it’s an evening not to be missed!

BJFF Begins! Starting tomorrow, the Boston Jewish Film Festival opens in many theaters in and outside of the city. See what we thought of their films exploring interfaith themes and get tickets now.
User Survey: Win $500
What Do YOU Think?
Thanks to everyone who took our recent Holiday Survey and congrats to Debbie Doyle who won the $500 gift card! Now we want to know what you think of InterfaithFamily. Rate our online resources and in-person workshops and tell us what you want to see from us in the years to come. Plus, members of our network can enter to win $500—our way of saying thanks. Take the survey
Tasty Hanukkah Hints
With Hanukkah falling so early on the calendar this year, start thinking now about Hanukkah cooking and celebrating with kids. And if you missed it, our Thanksgivukkah guide has great ideas for hosting and being a guest at an interfaith holiday table. Get more Hanukkah ideas
Religious Life
Cultural Gender Roles
As a kid in Sunday school, Heather was asked whether she was a Jewish American or an American Jew. If she had to answer today, she would say "female" first. Find out why
Kids' Books
Kids' Book
Learn to Share
Kathy Bloomfield discusses her favorite children’s books that address the commandment to share what we have with others—a timely Thanksgiving value. See the book recommendations
News from IFF
SlingshotSlingshot: We Made it!
We’re grateful to once again be included as a Standard Bearer in this year’s Slingshot guide to the most innovative Jewish non-profit organizations. Read more
Pop Culture
Portman & Hemsworth
Major Roles for Portman & Watts
Natalie Portman reprises her role in Thor and gears up for her directorial debut (in Jerusalem!)— of her adaptation of Amoz Oz’s memoir. And Naomi Watts shares how she felt about portraying Princess Diana. Read more

From the Blog
Camp Counselors Parenting & Wedding Blogs: Parenting blogger Jane got to surprise her son with a special visitor from camp on his birthday, and reflects on the impact Jewish camp has had on her whole family. And Jessie tries to teach her daughter the importance of conservation and is looking for tips from other parents. Wedding blogger Matt was recently wed. Check out his latest posts.

On the Staff Blog: Meet our new president, Jodi Bromberg! And read InterfaithFamily/Boston’s new director Joshua Troderman’s first blog post where he literally and figuratively opens his door. Rabbi Ari Moffic from IFF/Chicago attends a think tank about reaching different Jewish groups which raises a lot of questions about identity. And don’t miss this powerful post from Rabbi Robyn Frisch of IFF/Philadelphia: We Need to Acknowledge the Losses Parents Who Are Not Jewish Feel When Committing to Raise their Children as Jews.

 Coming Up in Boston
 User Survey
 Religious Life
 Kids' Books
 News from IFF
Pop Culture
 From the Blog
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