September 20, 2005
Happy New Year! In this issue of InterfaithFamily.com'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 Hashanah, Read More, and Yom Kippur. Read 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 email@example.com.
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
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 InterfaithFamily.com,
Ronnie Friedland, Editor
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