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September 24, 2013 eNewsletter - San Francisco

 
InterfaithFamily
September 24, 2013

Dear Friends,
We’re nearing the end of a busy month of holidays. I hope you enjoy the rest of your celebrations, and if you need any inspiration for meals in the Sukkah or reading on what Simchat Torah is all about, you’ll see those below. We also have a December Holiday Survey online now through Oct. 18 with a gift card going out to one lucky entrant. Speaking of the earlier-than-usual-holidays, if you’re thinking of sending me holiday story ideas, don’t delay!

Chag Sameach (Happy Holidays),

Lindsey Silken
editor@interfaithfamily.com

Coming Up in the Bay Area
Jewish Perspectives
Jewish Perspectives on Food
How do we balance enjoying great food while recognizing that people—even here in our own community—go to bed hungry every night? How do we help our children bring mindfulness and gratitude to every meal? In this six-part series sponsored by the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, you and your family will get to explore some of Judaism’s most fascinating ideas about food, gratitude, and social justice. Learn more

Upcoming Classes & Workshops: Sign up now for "Raising a Child with Judaism in Your Interfaith Family," "Love & Religion - Online," and "Preparing Your Interfaith Family for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah."
Holiday Survey
Holiday Survey
Win a $500 Amex Card
Celebrating Thanksgivukkah this year? What about Christmas? We want to know about your plans for the holidays. Take our survey and enter to win the gift card (all members of the IFF Network are eligible). Take the survey now
Recipes
Sukkot Drink
Celebrate Sukkot
From our friends at JewishBoston.com we have menu ideas for your Sukkah meals this week and a fall pumpkin cocktail recipe with video instructions from a Boston bartender. Watch the video
Books
Reading
Teach Hospitality
Kathy’s latest kids’ book round-up revolves around the value of hospitality, and why and how to teach it to your kids at this time of year. Read more
Parenting
Parenting
Baby Blessings
Ever thought about teaching your kids a few key prayers at a young age? Not sure how to do that when you haven’t learned them yourself? Amanda experiments with baby blessings. Read more
Interfaith Marriage
In-lawsMy Live-in Nepali In-laws
Heather’s Nepali in-laws join her family six months out of the year in Silicon Valley, and with them comes a new way to look at Tzedakah. Read more
Pop Culture
Celebrities
From Hollywood: Stars' New Projects
Learn about Michael J. Fox, Scarlett Johansson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and other interfaith celebs' latest big screen projects. Read more

From the Blog
Simchat Torah On the Staff Blog: IFF/Bay Area's Rebecca sheds light on why she finds Simchat Torah to be such a fun holiday. IFF/Chicago's Rabbi Ari reflects on an interfaith family's very meaningful bar mitzvah. IFF/Philadelphia's Rabbi Robyn thinks about who she would invite to dine in her Sukkah and why. And Lindsey shares an excerpt from a touching interfaith sermon she heard over Yom Kippur in Massachusetts.

Parenting & Wedding Blogs: Jessie resolves to unplug on Shabbat, and wants to know if you’ve tried it. Jane and her son pray for rain over Sukkot in Texas. And Matt talks about anti-Semitism and his identity as a converted Jew who is soon to be married to someone who is not Jewish.

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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 "happy holiday." Hebrew for "daughter of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish girls come of age at 12 or 13. When a girl comes of age, she is officially a bat mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bat mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The male equivalent is "bar mitzvah." A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) Hebrew for "booth," a temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot ("booths"). 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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