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October 4, 2005 eNewsletter


 Web Magazine

October 4, 2005

Dear friend,

Today's issue of our Web Magazine returns to our series on interfaith families choosing Jewish day schools, but as the New Year begins, you can still access our recent High Holidays issue in our Archive. In our new issue:

Lauren Hollop, an intermarried teacher at a Solomon Schechter school, tells why she enrolled her son there. Read More

Dean Goldfein, head of Contra Costa Jewish Community Day School, tells why the large number of interfaith families in his school is comfortable. Read More

Jennifer Rudin-Sable, the Jewish life coordinator at a Reform day school, explains why she treats interfaith families the same as she treats other families. Read More

Margaret Banks reports on the rising number of interfaith families attending B'nai Shalom Day School in Greensboro, North Carolina. Read More

Please join our online discussion on the topic: Is it more important for interfaith families that want to raise their children as Jews to send them to Jewish day schools, or mix them with other diverse families in public schools? Should Judaism be just one of several important values children are taught, or the most important?

News and Opinion

Jeri B. Zeder writes about Keren McGinity's interesting research showing that intermarried Jewish women are defining for themselves what a Jewish family is. Read More

Eve Coulson reviews two books on intermarriage from the perspectives of both an outreach professional and a Jew-by-choice. Read More

Joanne Catz Hartman wants to learn Hebrew to help her daughter with her homework, but finds it quite difficult. Read More

Lisa A. Goldstein writes about making religious decisions for the children of  intermarriage. Read More

Arts and Entertainment

Amy Klein interviews the director of My Date with DrewRead More, and Naomi Pfefferman interviews intermarried writer-director Gary David Goldberg, whose most recent film is Must Love DogsRead More

Coming Next

Please come back on October 18 when we look at Relationships with Extended Families.

Warm regards, and special good wishes for a happy and healthy New Year from all of us at,



          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  

Jewish Outreach Network provides a gateway into Jewish life through welcoming, educational community programs for interfaith couples and families in the Atlanta metro area.  This independent network of local outreach programming offers a full complement of programs for interfaith couples and families, whether just beginning their journey, newly married or raising a Jewish family.  Programs available to the community include outreach workshops, discussion groups, and Jewish family life courses.

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Our Day Schools Directory

We're pleased to provide a unique new resource listing Jewish day schools
that welcome the children of interfaith families. To download it, click here .

The Results of our Religious Schools Survey

You may be surprised to learn how important it is to interfaith families that their children have a religious identity. To read the survey report, click here .

Paul Storfer is the winner of the $100 Barnes & Noble gift card for participating in the survey. Congratulations, Paul!

December 25 Isn't That Far Off

Did you know that Hanukkah starts on December 25 this year? Take our new
December holidays survey--and you can win a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card!

Ways You Can Get Involved

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Hanukkah (known by many spellings) is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd Century BCE. It is marked by the lighting of a menorah and the eating of fried foods. 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.
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