Recognizing that going to synagogue for the first time can be a challenge, we offer you our booklet, What To Expect At A Synagogue. In it, you will find an overview of what Shabbat is, and how it is celebrated in synagogues. Language is explained, the prayer services are broken down, and many common questions are answered.
Parents, Children and Interfaith Relationships: Listening so they will talk. Talking so they will listen. 4 week class being taught at Gratz College in Elkins Park, PA by IFF/Philadelphia Director Rabbi Robyn Frisch. The class begins Oct. 28 & is being offered both Tuesday afternoons & Tuesday evenings.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
In I'm a Jew Just Like You, Joelle Asaro Berman explains how growing up in an interfaith family gave her a rich identity--so let her contribute to Jewish life.
In a companion piece to I'm A Jew Just Like You, Joelle's mother talks about raising Jewish children as a Catholic mom. "At our first Hanukkah together, I, a Sicilian American, made the challah and my Jewish mother-in-law the lasagna--and all the guests assumed it was just the opposite," she says, in Lasagna and Hamantaschen.
Three children's books address feminist heroes of the Bible, Jewish time and the nature of God. Read Cheryl Coon's round-up.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah
A mom worries whether her non-Jewish family and friends will fee comfortable at her son's coming-of-age ceremony, in Nina Amir Lacey's Don't Sweat the Jewish Stuff.
A Jewish woman and her Catholic husband make a sweet tradition of Friday night Shabbat rituals, in Hug Often, by Heather Seith.
Arts and Entertainment
Nicolas Sarkozy's new wife has had many Jewish loves while Helena Bonham-Carter's granddad saved many Jewish lives. Plus, was Juno an interfaith romance? Find out in Nate Bloom's latest installment of Interfaith Celebrities.
We've taken a first look at the Pew Forum's recent survey on religious life in America and been amused by the hypocrisy of the New York Board of Rabbis.
Meet Our New Editor!
We'd like to introduce Ruth Abrams, our new online editor. Ruth has a Ph.D. in comparative history, has taught Jewish history at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and has done editing for the journal POLIN at Brandeis University. Ruth will expand and grow our editorial content, and help us create new holiday- and life-cycle-specific educational resources.
Hanukkah (known by many spellings) is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd Century BCE. It is marked by the lighting of a menorah and the eating of fried foods.The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach."A bread that comes in a few different varieties; its most common variation is a braided egg bread, though there are water challahs that don't have eggs, and there are whole-wheat challahs which sometimes also don't have eggs. It is customary to being Sabbath and holiday meals by saying blessings and eating challah.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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