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January 6, 2009

Dear Friend,

Do you take stock of your life when the calendar year changes? I have been trying to keep track of how many books I read each year--last year, I read 53, this year only 28. Time for a new resolution! In this newsletter, we have two profiles of authors of new books and a book review of a cookbook so pretty it made us all drool.

If you've resolved to read more Jewish books this year, why not subscribe to the Jewish Publication Society newsletter? They offer a $25 gift certificate to people who sign up before the end of February.


Adult Children of Interfaith Families

Sadia Shepherd, author of The Girl From Foreign, knew she was a child of an interfaith family, but she thought it was a Muslim-Christian one. Only as an adult did she learn that her grandmother was Jewish, as Aliza Hausman writes in her profile, Three Religions, Three Cultures and A Search for Identity.


When we received Janna Gur's New Book of Israeli Food, we all oohed and aahed over the photos of the gorgeous dishes. Jayne Cohen's review explains why Today's Israel Is a Gastronomic Haven. (She picked some wonderful recipes from the book, too!)

Aaron Leibel thinks the intermarried author of a new Jewish children's cookbook is very brave, as he writes in You Don't Have to Be Jewish To Teach Kids To Cook.

Extended Family

Ilisia Kissner couldn't picture herself at a church service on Shabbat, but she couldn't picture herself missing her beloved nephew's wedding either. Read about how she coped in Jewish Aunt At a Catholic Wedding.


Hanukkah Hangover

We loved Hanukkah way too much this year! We just couldn't say goodbye without one last story, Hanukkah And The American Spirit by Rabbi Howard Berman, and Just One More Hanukkah Video on the blog. 

Arts and Entertainment

In Nate Bloom's latest, Interfaith Celebrities: Some Single, Some Scary, Some Golden Jewish single dad seeks a bride on The Bachelor, and the writer of The Dark Knight brings the legend of the dybbuk to mainstream audiences in The Unborn.

New On the Blogs

On the Weddings blog, Alx asks Will the Right Rabbi Please Stand Up? On the Network blog, Micah Sachs wrote in Happy 2009? about how the Madoff scandal is going to affect outreach to interfaith families, Ed Case wrote on Jesus and Christmas and Robin Schwartz posted General Hospital celebrates the holidays!

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Ruth Abrams, Managing Editor

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