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July 8, 2008

Dear Friend,

We hope all of our North American readers had a great Canada Day and Fourth of July. We've run some great American stories since we last sent out this newsletter, and also some about interfaith families in other parts of the world. You can always find a list of our most recent content at: /recent.


How do you reach out and welcome people  to the Jewish community without pressuring them to convert to Judaism? Danielle Freni asked some of the best outreach professionals in the US about how they go about Teaching Judaism Without The Sales Pitch.

Cara Nissman reports on a new idea in some major US cities: Jewish culture without religion in Neutral Territory: Jewish Museums and Cultural Centers Reach Out to Interfaith Families. The dramatic new Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco is pictured.

Interfaith Weddings

We are very pleased to bring you the first installment of the expert and empathetic Rabbi Stephen Carr Reuben's video blog, which we are producing in partnership with Jewish TV Network. Enjoy Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: Planning an Interfaith Wedding.

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Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Rachel Baruch Yackley describes the Do-It-Yourself Bat Mitzvah that she and her daughter Rebecca created together. (That's Rebecca in the photo with her grandparents.)


What's it like to be welcomed home to Israel and urged not to intermarry--when you are a child of an intermarriage?  Matthew Lyons tells the story in Bloodlines and Birthrights.


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Growing Up In An Interfaith Family

Her father taught her everything about music, but nothing about the true story of his family. Charlotte Gordon remembers in Going To Church With My Jewish Father.

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The Interfaith Experience In Other Countries

How do children of interfaith families in other countries forge a Jewish identity? Michael I. Jordan writes about Jewish family camp in Finding a Jewish Connection in Hungary. Judith van Praag investigates whether things have changed for children of interfaith marriage in the Netherlands in "You'll Go In Through The Side Door": Dutch Patrilineal Jews.


Arts and Entertainment

Baseball has been very, very good to Kevin Youkilis, Ryan Braun and Ian Kinsler. Buy them some peanuts and Crackerjacks, and let Nate Bloom's Interfaith Celebrities Take You Out To the Ballgame.  

What's New on the Blogs

Micah Sachs writes about Philip Roth on Intermarriage and on Late Bloomers--people who choose Judaism after decades with a Jewish partner.


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