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October 18, 2005 eNewsletter


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October 18, 2005

Dear friend,

If you just celebrated the High Holidays, were you with extended family members? Were the gatherings nurturing of your interfaith relationship--or negative? And how does your interfaith relationship impact your extended family? In this issue of our  Web Magazine, you'll see that the health of relationships with extended family members can vary greatly.

Suzanne Koven writes of the positive impact of her warm relationship with her mother-in-law. Read More

Elyn Perzley writes of the negative impact of her relationships with her in-laws. Read More

Joan Millman describes her attempts to accept her German son-in-law. Read More

In "Dear Wendy," columnist Wendy Weltman Palmer offers advice to a Catholic woman unsure whether to invite her parents to her Jewish daughter's Bat MitzvahRead More

Please join our online discussion on the topic: Have relationships with your extended family served as a support or irritant to you as a couple and/or family?

News and Opinion

Joe Eskenazi reports on a study finding that 20% of the nation's Jews are either Sephardi, Mizrachi, racial minorities or of mixed race. Read More

Bram Eisenthal describes a cemetery in Canada that created an area where interfaith couples can be buried together. Read More

Arts and Entertainment

This issue features three entertainers who grew up in interfaith families: Michael Fox interviews comedian and screenwriter Michael Showalter, Read More; Naomi Pfefferman interviews actor Rob Schneider, Read More; and Eric Fingerhut interviews Ben Feldman, Read More


Linda Morel offers Tzimmes recipes for Sukkot, which began on the evening of October 17 and lasts for seven days. Read More

Coming Next

Please come back on November 1 when we look at How Social Action Can Unite Interfaith Families.

Warm Regards,



          Ronnie Friedland, Editor

Write for us! Topic: Jewish Camping

We're looking for writers for an upcoming issue on Jewish camping. If you are an intermarried parent who has sent or tried to send your child to a Jewish camp, a child of interfaith parents who has attended a Jewish camp, or a director or staffer of a Jewish camp that welcomes children of interfaith families and would like to write about your experiences, please email us at

Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

Stepping Stones to a Jewish Me is a unique and innovative program designed to help unaffiliated interfaith families explore the possibility of creating a Jewish home and raising Jewish children. Stepping Stones is a collaborative effort of various Houston area synagogues, the Jewish Community Center, and Jewish Family Service.


Network News

More on Religious Schools

  Our friends at PEJE--the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education--recommended our Web Magazine issues on interfaith families and Jewish day schools (Part 1Part 2 ) in their email newsletter.

To download our new resource listing Jewish day schools that welcome the children of interfaith families, click here.

To find out what interfaith families say about their children's religious schools, read our survey report here.

December 25 Isn't That Far Off

We're doing another December holidays survey--but we need your responses early! Take the survey by October 21, and you can win a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card!

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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." Hebrew for "eastern," the term refers to Jews descended from the Jewish communities of the Middle East, North Africa and the Caucasus. The term Mizrahi is used in Israel in the language of politics, media and some social scientists for Jews from the Arab world and adjacent, primarily Muslim-majority countries. Having Jewish family origins in Spain, Portugal or North Africa. The term literally means "Spanish" in Hebrew. Hebrew for "Booths," it's a fall holiday marking the harvest, like a Jewish Thanksgiving, complete with opportunities for dining and sleeping under the stars.
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