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September 19, 2012 eNewsletter

 
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September 19, 2012
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Dear Friends,
With Rosh Hashanah behind us, a new year — 5773 according to the Hebrew calendar — has begun! Yom Kippur is next week, with Sukkot and Simchat Torah to follow. Autumn is a busy Jewish season, but we have resources to help you get through!
High Holy Days
Need a refresher before Yom Kippur? Make sure to check out our booklet, guide and all the rest of our resources!

How can you feel more comfortable going to Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur services this year? Well, Rosh Hashanah's passed, but Nina Amir Lacey's article can still help for Yom Kippur! The first step involves actual, easy preparation. And this article has some great tips! Read more in Getting Comfortable With The High Holidays.

A feeling many of us can relate to, Jew-by-choice or not, Gina Hagler shares: "It wasn't until last year that the holidays felt truly my own. I wasn't sure exactly why this was the case until I realized it was the first year I didn't feel compelled to do our holidays by the book. I'd been Jewish long enough that it was clear to me whatever I chose to do would be how a Jew celebrates the holiday. It was an incredible feeling." Read more in My Holidays!

A Yom Kippur book for kids with a main character that's "a cross between an ostrich, a phoenix, and Elton John"? Not all of us have kids or a need for kids books this High Holiday season, but we can still appreciate Josh Bob's opinionated book reviews! And these three reviews are certainly that. Read more in Turtle Rock, Sammy Spider, and the Word: High Holiday Books for Kids.

Cookbook author Zell Schulman shares her perspective on Yom Kippur: why to fast (or not) and how her family approaches the day. And, best of all, shares recipes for the break fast! Yum! Read more in Yom Kippur Ends and a New Day Begins.
IFF Blog
What attracts interfaith families to Jewish organizations? What pushes them away? On the blog, Ed Case notes that InterfaithFamily's survey respondents have been telling us for years. Read more in What Our Surveys Say About What Attracts Interfaith Families to Jewish Organizations. And our InterfaithFamily/Your Community model responds to those needs. Read why in Ed's Huffington Post op-ed, A New Year To Engage Interfaith Families in Jewish Life.

Make sure your synagogue, JCC, or Jewish communal spaces are ready to welcome interfaith and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer families with these simple tips that I wrote for the Keshet blog and cross-posted to our own blog. Read more in Four Ways to Make your Jewish Institution Inclusive for LGBTQ Interfaith Families.

Jordyn Rozensky from ReachOut (a program of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston) thinks you should volunteer this autumn. And not just because it's good for the soul. You could win shiny prizes too! She's so passionate about the cause, that she scored a guestpost on our blog. Read more in Volunteering's The Way to My Heart.

A rabbi walked into a bridal expo... Ari Moffic posts her experience from the wedding industry. Did you go to an expo while you were in the planning stages of your wedding? Did you find it helpful? Would you have liked to find resources there for interfaith couples? Read more in The Bridal Expo.
Animated Torahlog
A new blog on our site, Animated Torahlog: presented by G-dcast has arrived!

What's G-dcast? What's an Animated Torahlog? You should definitely read their intrudctory post. Read more in Welcome to G-dcast!

And just in time for Rosh Hashanah, Nechama Tamler wrote her inaugural post, focusing on family. Here in the US, both presidential candidates have been emphasizing their families and "the family" in general. The Torah stories read in synagogues over Rosh Hashanah were all about families as well — and featured a lot of family drama and tension. But her post isn't just words: you should watch the great G-dcast video! Read and watch more in Rosh Hashanah: A Family Thing.
Pop Culture
The new television season has just begun, but it's already time for the television awards! Nate Bloom rounds up the Jewish and interfaith nominees of the 64th Primetime Emmys. Who do you hope will take home an award? Read more in Interfaith Celebrities.
Are you, or is a family member, Hindu, Muslim, Quaker, Buddhist or of another religion/faith with an interesting story to share about a ritual, spring holiday or life-cycle event with your interfaith family or interfaith relationship? I'd love to hear your story pitches! Contact me!
Shanah tovah — happy New Year,
Benjamin Maron,
Director of Content and Educational Resources
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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 "Joy of Torah," a fall holiday that celebrates the completion of the yearlong Torah cycle and the commencement of a new one. 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.) 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 "Booths," it's a fall holiday marking the harvest, like a Jewish Thanksgiving, complete with opportunities for dining and sleeping under the stars. 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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