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September 6, 2005 eNewsletter


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September 6, 2005

Dear friend,

Would you be surprised to learn that interfaith families send their kids to Jewish day schools? More are doing just that, as the writers in this issue of our Web Magazine  explain--and they are finding day schools to be very welcoming:

Deborah Fineblum Raub reports on a trend of more interfaith families sending their kids to Boston-area Jewish day schools--and on some of the reasons why. Read More

Michael Brent, an intermarried parent of kids in a day school, tells how he and his wife arrived at their decision and what the experience has been like. Read More

Marc Kramer explains that the mission of Jewish community day schools is to welcome all kinds of Jewish families, including intermarried ones. Read More

Laura Bramly, a Jew-by-choice, describes her experience applying to a day school and what it's been like to be part of a day school community. Read More

Gabrielle Birkner reports on the controversy around some day schools' policies to not allow kids to bring non-Jewish dates to their proms. Read More

Please join our online discussion on the topic:  Is sending kids to day schools an opportunity to strengthen their identity as Jews, or is it an escape from the real world?

News and Opinion

Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford CT has a new policy regarding interfaith marriages, described by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, Read More, and in The Hartford Courant by Frances Grandy Taylor, Read More

Dinah A. Spritzer reports on non-Jewish Czech students learning about the Holocaust by making films about their community's history. Read More

Arts and Entertainment

Richard Asinof interviews Josh Schwartz, producer of the hit Fox TV show, "The O.C." Read More

Cheryl F. Coon reviews Accessible Judaism:  A Concise Guide, by Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn. Read More

Coming Next

Please come back on September 20 for our High Holidays issue. We'll return to day schools again on October 4.

Warm regards,



          Ronnie Friedland, Editor


Jewish Family & Life! Seeks Participants for Pilot Program

Our partner Jewish Family & Life! is looking for participants for a pilot Online Jewish Parent Coaching program to help parents navigate their way through preschool challenges. To learn more, visit Opportunities .

Reunion Show is Looking for Interfaith Couples

CBS is casting a reality show and seeks interfaith couples who would like to reunite with family members who did not approve of their marriages. To learn more, visit Opportunities .

Connections In Your Area--Featured Organization  

Interfaith Family Resource Center at Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston welcomes interfaith couples and their families to join us in explorations of the unique issues that arise from differences in faith and traditions. We offer opportunities for learning and sharing in a variety of comfortable, nonjudgemental forums. We provide a resource center, workshops, discussion groups, educational programs, panel presentations, speakers bureau and personal and organizational consultations.
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Network News

Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief

We urge our readers to contribute to Hurricane Katrina disaster relief--for information how you can give, click here . 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.

You Can Win a Prize--But Time is Running Out

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!

And time is running out to have your school listed in our  national directory of Jewish day schools that welcome the children of interfaith families. Email Heather Martin at before September 15.

Slingshot is honored to be one of the 50 innovative Jewish organizations included in an exciting new resource book, Slingshot. Read more at Network Highlights--or view our Slingshot  listing by clicking here.

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