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Sept. 25, 2007

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Dear friend,

For most grandparents, having grandchildren is a joy, untarnished by the stress and responsibility that comes with raising your own children. It is a way for your legacy to live on. But for grandparents whose grandchildren follow a different religion, that joy can be tinged with sadness. Can you share your religion with your grandchildren? Can you express your disappointment to your own children? We explore these conflicts in the new issue  of our Web Magazine on Grandparenting.

A Jewish grandmother wonders how you talk about religion if your grandchildren are Christian, in Janet Silver Ghent's When Faiths Diverge, Seek the Ties That Bind .

Milton Davis' grandchildren aren't Jewish, but that doesn't stop him and his grandson from going to Red Sox games, talking about karate and playing Runescape together. Read more in Sharing Secrets With My Grandson.

Joan Millman wonders whether there will be any Judaism in her interfaith grandchildren's lives. The answer, it seems, is yes. Read more in Tradition! Tradition?

Also in this section:

The Grandparent Clause

Making Your Home a Place Where Your Children's Children Want to Go



From Hitler to H.P. Lovecraft, Mussolini to the founder of the Anti-Semitic League, history is littered with horrible people who hated the Jewish people but loved individual Jews. Read more in Forbidden Love: Anti-Semites who Loved Jews... And the Jews who (Sometimes) Loved Them Back .

Resource Pages

For more on Grandparenting, see our Grandparenting Resource Page , with links to relevant articles, discussion boards, issues of the Web Magazine and more.

Arts and Entertainment

Learn how Rookie of the Year candidate Ryan Braun went from a non-practicing half-Jew to the darling of the Orthodox press, in the new installment of Interfaith Celebrities .

Also in this section:

Kalooki Nights' Unhealthy Obsession - Review of Kalooki Nights

Memories of the Wall - Review of The Invisible Wall


What's New on the Blogs

On the IFF Network Blog, we write about "missionary dating" among Evangelicals, and the misguided AP article on rabbinic officiation.

Know a Good High Holiday Sermon?

Did you hear a High Holiday sermon about intermarriage? Did a rabbi explain why he does--or doesn't--officiate at interfaith weddings? Please let the director of our Resource Center for Jewish Clergy, Rabbi Lev Baesh, know at

Coming Next

Our next issue, on Relationships with the Extended Family, will come out Tuesday, Oct. 9.


Micah Sachs, Online Managing Editor

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We're looking for writers on the following topics:

  • Interfaith families and Halloween
  • Your interfaith love story for Valentine's Day
  • Interfaith families and New Year's
  • Baby ceremonies
  • Weddings
  • Parenting

Interested in any of these topics? Contact Web Magazine Editor Ronnie Friedland at . | P.O. Box 428, Newton, MA 02464 | 617 581 6860 |


A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) 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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