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October 22, 2013 eNewsletter - San Francisco

October 22, 2013

Dear Friends,
Time is flying and while we're just getting used to the change in seasons it seems we're already thinking about super-holiday Thanksgivukkah, the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of a secular and Jewish holiday. We have contributed some content to the fantastic website, and are sharing a thoughtful holiday guide below. More to come in November.

I'm also excited to share with you our two newest members of the IFF family. Jodi Bromberg is joining us as our president, currently transitioning from the Philadelphia area to our Boston headquarters. And Josh Troderman has also joined us as the Director or InterfaithFamily/Boston, the newest member or our InterfaithFamily/Your Community initiative. Welcome!

Lindsey Silken

Coming Up in the Bay Area
Gil Hoffman
An Insider's Perspective from Jerusalem with Gil Hoffman Called "The most optimistic man in Israel" on Israeli TV, Hoffman offers us a behind-the-scenes look at the intrigue and humor in the Israeli political arena. He is the go-to analyst on CNN and Al-Jazeera, having interviewed every major figure in the Israeli-Palestinian political spectrum. Sponsored by The Center for Jewish Peoplehood. Learn more

Preparing for a Bar Mitzvah: InterfaithFamily/Bay Area is offering a new, one-of-a-kind class for interfaith parents who have a 4th-7th grader preparing, whether in early stages or later stages, for a bar or bat mitzvah. Learn more
Thanksgivukkah Wreath
Thanksgivukkah is Coming
You may have heard: Thanksgivukkah is coming. If you’re not sure how celebrating Hanukkah and Thanksgiving on the same day is going to pan out as a host or a guest, don’t worry—Rebecca has thought about it for you. Read more
Interfaith Dating
Relationship Questions
3 Questions that Alienate Interfaith Couples
Hate it when you’re asked if you and your partner who aren’t yet married plan to raise Jewish children? Here’s what Maggie would like people to keep in mind when talking to her about her interfaith relationship. Read more
Interfaith Wedding
Co-Officiating: My Experience
Rabbi Barbara Aiello has co-officiated countless weddings. She’s gathered all her experience and shares with you her tips for doing it right. Read more
Interfaith Marriage
Relationship QuestionsState of My (Interfaith) Union
Carin's interfaith wedding wasn't supported by the Jewish community, but having a second ceremony now won't change how she and her husband feel about their family being Jewish--it already is. Read more
Pop Culture
Las Vegas cast
The Hangover…for Geezers
New flick Last Vegas features a quad of Oscar winners who are not in your typical bachelor party demographic. And see what else is coming out this month and next with Justin Kirk of Weeds fame, Evan Rachel Wood and more. Read more

From the Blog
Chrismukkah Parenting & Wedding Blogs: Jessie reacts to the "Thanksgivukkah" craze, which hits a little too close to Chrismukkah for comfort. In response to the recent PEW Study, Jane talks about why her family chose Judaism. And Matt wonders if there is a right way to be Jewish as he and his fiancé discuss how to eat Jewishly in the last weeks leading up to their wedding.

On the Staff Blog: IFF/Bay Area's Rebecca shares what she learned about engaging Millenials. IFF/Chicago's Rabbi Ari wants you to know how our website can connect you to your community. And Wendy from IFF/Philadelphia says when it comes to relationships and compromise, just remember these three things.

 Coming Up in the Bay Area
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Pop Culture
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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.)
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