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September 10, 2013 eNewsletter - San Francisco

 
InterfaithFamily
September 10, 2013

Dear Friends,
We know it's a busy time for everyone, what with the Jewish New Year already behind us and Yom Kippur falling later this week. If you're also juggling the start of your kids' school year, we know you'll relate to Jessie's parenting blog. We hope our Yom Kippur and Sukkot (also around the corner!) resources below will be useful to you as you prepare to cook, reflect on and celebrate the holidays ahead. All the best from everyone at IFF!

Shanah Tovah (Happy New Year),

Lindsey Silken
editor@interfaithfamily.com

Coming Up in the Bay Area
Sukkot Festival
Osher Marin JCC: Sukkot Harvest Festival
At this special festival, enter our open tent, learn how you can help to shelter our community’s homeless and how to live and eat more sustainably. Bring your friends and experience the Osher Marin JCC center and pool for free and participate in many family-friendly activities around the holiday of Sukkot with all of the participating organizations. Learn more
News from IFF
Boston
We're Growing!
We are thrilled to be adding InterfaithFamily/Boston as our fourth InterfaithFamily/Your Community, joining Chicago, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area, thanks to generous new funding from Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. Learn more
Holiday Recipes
Holiday Baking
Break the Fast
Find easy, last-minute Yom Kippur Break Fast ideas for the classics and some new twists in our High Holiday Recipe Index and in this Break the Fast column.
Find more recipes
Read Up
Holiday Reading
Sukkot Books for Your Kids
Don’t quite have the words to explain the holiday to your little ones? Pick up one of our favorite books to help share the festival excitement.
Read more
Yom Kippur & Sukkot Blessings
Lulav
Prep Ahead of Time
Not sure which blessings are said at home during Yom Kippur and Sukkot? Get the transliterations as well as audio clips to learn how to say them. Plus, learn how to build a Sukkah with this handy video.
Hear the Yom Kippur blessings and Sukkot blessings
Sukkot & Simchat Torah
Sukkot Booklet
What are These Holidays All About?
Our Sukkot & Simchat Torah Booklet explains all the hows, whys and whats of these holidays, from symbols and ritual items through blessings and the importance of guests. Program providers: It also doubles as a great educational hand-out. Read more
Interfaith Marriage
Anniversary CelebrationArguing Can Be Healthy
The sign on a church, “Shalom Y’all” sparked healthy debate for this couple. Magin, who is Jewish, tells a touching story about her marriage to a minister. Read more
Pop Culture
Gwyneth & Mark
Alyson Hannigan Interviewed, Fall TV & Movies
Find out which fall shows and movies have your favorite stars and see how How I Met Your Mother’s Alyson Hannigan feels about the show’s last season. Read more
Sukkot Symbolism
Water Symbolism
The Miracle of Water
Did you know that water is a major historical symbol on this holiday? Find out why we should show gratitude for H20.
Read more

From the Blog
Save the Date Felt like you were the only one struggling with whether to put your kid in school or synagogue this month? Jessie explains why the early holidays were such a dilemma for her family. And Jane talks about an unexpected holiday forgiveness lesson on the tennis courts with her son. Meanwhile, wedding blogger Matt shares how he found himself in the center of the debate on intermarriage and how he feels post-Rosh Hashanah about where he, and Judaism fit into the world.

On the Staff Blog: Robyn from IFF/Philadelphia says it’s not so creepy to think about death on Yom Kippur, and Wendy of IFF/Philadelphia reflects on ways in which she may have been insensitive to interfaith couples in the past.

Lulav and Etrog
 Coming Up in the Bay Area
 News from IFF
 Holiday Recipes
 Read Up
 Yom Kippur & Sukkot Blessings
 Sukkot & Simchat Torah
 Interfaith Marriage
Pop Culture
Sukkot Symbolism
 From the Blog
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Hebrew for "Head of the Year," the Jewish New Year. With Yom Kippur, known as the High Holy Days. Hebrew for "a good year," a typical greeting on Rosh Hashanah. Hebrew for "Day of Atonement," the final of ten Days of Awe that begin with Rosh Hashanah. Occurs during the fall and is marked by a 24-hour fast. One of the most important Jewish holidays. 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.) 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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