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September 20, 2005 eNewsletter


 Web Magazine

September 20, 2005

Dear friend,

Happy New Year! In this issue of's Web Magazine two writers share creative adaptations that make the Jewish High Holidays work for their families, two others share recipes, and one reveals why she, though previously non-observant, decided to fast this year.

Enid Weiss was upset when her husband and children didn't want to eat apples dipped in honey. When she substituted chocolate for honey, they happily joined in. Read More

Sue Eisenfeld will fast this year--but only because Anita Diamant's The Red Tent sparked a new interest in her religion. Read More

Gina Hagler, a Jew-by-choice, finally feels the holidays are "hers" after adapting her family's Italian recipes and adding arts and crafts and singing to her family's celebrations.Read More


Teresita Levy shares Puerto Rican family recipes that she adapted for the High Holidays, Read More, and Linda Morel offers more recipes for Rosh HashanahRead More, and Yom KippurRead More


In this issue we introduce a new monthly advice column, "Dear Wendy." Wendy Weltman Palmer, M.S.W., will respond to readers' questions.  Wendy is intermarried, a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Dallas, Texas, and a former regional director of Outreach and Synagogue Community for the Reform Movement. Questions for Wendy can be submitted to

In her first "Dear Wendy" column, Wendy responds to a reader who is upset because her non-Jewish husband won't take off from work to attend High Holiday services. Read More

In her "Star/Crossed: Jewish Stories from an Interfaith Life" column, Andi Rosenthal, a Jew-by-choice, confesses to sometimes feeling more Catholic than Jewish during the High Holidays. Read More

Please join in our online discussion on the topic: What have you done to make celebrating the High Holidays work for your family?

Arts and Entertainment

Rabbi Jill Hammer reviews Sarah Laughed: Modern Lessons from the Wisdom and Stories of Biblical Women by Vanessa Ochs, Read More, and Michael Fox interviews Chris Terrio, the director of Heights , a film about an interfaith couple. Read More

News and Opinion

Sue Fishkoff reports on small congregations making do without a rabbi. Read More

Coming Next

Please come back on October 4 for Part 2 of our Interfaith Families at Day Schools series.

Warm regards, and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year from everyone at,



          Ronnie Friedland, Editor


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Network News

Mazel Tov!

Congratulations to our Board member Jonathan Wornick and his wife Cristina on the September 16th birth of Ezra Darwin Wornick!

Our Professionals Advisory Circle's First Conference Call

September 12 saw the inaugural quarterly telephone conference call of the Network's Professionals Advisory Circle with a lively exchange on the state of outreach today. Read more at Network Highlights .

Only Two Days Left to Win a Prize

Take our new survey on interfaith families and religious schools by September 22 and you'll be entered to win a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card!

IFF at the General Assembly

We're proud to have been invited to speak on inclusivity issues at the United Jewish Communities General Assembly in Toronto in November. Read more at  Network Highlights. We'll be exhibiting at the Reform Movement's biennial convention in Houston in November, and the Conservative Movement's biennial convention in Boston in December, too.

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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 "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. Hebrew and Yiddish for "good luck," a phrase used to express congratulations for happy and significant occasions. 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." 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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