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November 5, 2013 eNewsletter - Chicago

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 Chicago
Making challah
Interfaith Family Shabbat November 2013
This month, Interfaith Family Shabbat is happening nationally with over 70 synagogues participating in Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Synagogues and organizations are joining together to continue to build an inclusive Jewish community in your local area and across the country. Visit to find a program or service at a participating organization near you!

Parents: Do you have a 4th – 7th grader who is preparing for a bar/bat mitzvah or thinking about one? We have a series of 8 emails that will help frame the process for your interfaith family. Request the emails from Jennifer.
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 Chicago
 User Survey
 Religious Life
 Kids' Books
 News from IFF
Pop Culture
 From the Blog
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Hebrew for "daughter of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish girls come of age at 12 or 13. When a girl comes of age, she is officially a bat mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bat mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The male equivalent is "bar mitzvah." 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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