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October 30, 2012 eNewsletter

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October 30, 2012
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Dear Friends,
We're re-charged after our brief hiatus, and excited to be back with more articles and resources! As we move toward the dark winter months (sorry to remind you), and many of us start spending more time indoors, a reminder that we're always looking for new writers and articles. Make sure to check out the information at the bottom of the newsletter for more information.
Intermarriage and the Jewish Community
After defending her families' decisions, Emily Kruskol realized, "The key is that Judaism has existed for thousands of years and gone through all sorts of trials and tribulations and, yet, we are still here. Judaism exists and continues to exist because of the people that make it thrive, including those parents who, not being Jewish themselves, commit to raising devoted Jews for the next generation." Read more in From Terrible Conversation To Intermarriage Realization.

What would you do if your local Jewish community wouldn't accept your kids? For Steven Michalove, a dad in Denmark, the answer was simple: start a new synagogue. Read more in From Before Birth... Growing the Jewish Identity.

As Carla Naumburg wrote, "My husband is Jewish. I am Jewish. We are raising our daughters in a Jewish home, and we belong to a synagogue. Yet we are an interfaith family." Why does she consider her family interfaith? Read more in I Am My Interfaith Family.
Animated Torahlog
Think you know who Abraham was? Watch the G-dcast video, read Alicia Ostriker's poem, and check out Nechama Tamler's analysis of this week's Torah portion, full of the nitty-gritty of the first Hebrew family, Avram and Sarai (Abraham and Sarah). Read (and watch) more in Go To Yourself!
Parenting Blog
We recently put a call out for parents to join our Parenting Blog. In the coming weeks, you'll meet a couple new parents, intermarried couples raising Jewish kids. Please welcome Suzanne Lutz, who introduced herself and explained why she wanted to blog for us. Read more in Why I'm Blogging.
IFF Network Blog
Ari Moffic recently officiated an interfaith wedding in which there were only a few Jewish people in attendance (and she was one of them). The bride had converted to Judaism, and her groom was Christian. How was this couple going to find their place in the Jewish community? We need to make sure that all in the community have people, have kinsmen. Read more in Where Are Your Kinsmen?
Spirituality
Laura Thor converted to Judaism from Catholicism and noted that there were differences between Jewish and Catholic prayer, like language (Hebrew in synagogues, English or Latin in churches), but also shifts in to whom prayer is directed (Judaism is more direct to God, while Catholicism could approach Jesus or Mary instead). Her observations are a helpful guide for all ? Jewish or not. Read more in Similarities and Differences Between Catholic and Jewish Worship.
Pop Culture
First Kelso and Jackie dated on That 70s Show, now Ashton and Mila are together? If that's not enough of a hook, Nate Bloom reviewed two movies you should check out. (And is that The O.C.'s Seth Cohen sneaking in?) Read more in Interfaith Celebrities.
Do you have an interesting story to share about a life-cycle event? About your extended (uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, grandparents, grandchildren) interfaith family? Are you LGBT and in an interfaith family? If so, I'd love to hear your story pitches! Contact me!
Sincerely,
Benjamin Maron,
Director of Content and Educational Resources
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Interfaithways is excited to bring its 6th annual Family Shabbat Weekends to over 50 synagogues in the greater Philadelphia area, November 2-11. Check out the programs, events and activities ? there's something for everyone!
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One of 54 sections of the Torah read, during Shabbat services, in order on a weekly basis throughout the year. Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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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