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April 29, 2008

Dear Friend,

Since our last e-newsletter, we published a few more Passover stories for you to enjoy, and some others on springtime themes.  

To read our stories--click the links in this email newsletter, or look at the list of recent articles on our site. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the issues that interfaith families face--you can join the discussion on our discussion board or by clicking the comments link at the bottom of each article.


Blue Wedding Cake by Chris Arrakeen

Weddings

Melanie Herscovitch's new in-laws were married in a church in rural Canada and then went out to dinner at a local restaurant with a dozen friends and family members. Her parents, on the other hand, got married in an Orthodox synagogue in Toronto with over 200 guests. How can she reconcile these Cultural Differences in Wedding Planning? (Cake pictured will not be served at Melanie's wedding.)


Passover

Julie Wiener's "In the Mix" column for Passover, Strangers at a Strange Meal, advises hosts on how to help guests who aren't Jewish feel comfortable at their first seder.

Family seder? Potluck seder with friends? No seder? In Baltimore, interfaith families are Choosing a Seder That Fits--Barbara Pash reports.

By the end of Passover, Rachel Pomerance is salivating for some normal food--and even the special kosher-for-Passover goodies have palled. She asks, As Passover Winds Down, Can Pizza Be Far Behind? 


Jon Favreau

Arts and Entertainment

 Nate Bloom's column, Interfaith Celebrities: Iron Men gives the inside scoop on the new Marvel Comics superhero movie Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau, the child of an interfaith marriage, and starring Robert Downey, Jr., who is married to a Jewish woman and identifies as a Jew.


young baseball player

What's New on the Blogs

We posted a round-up on interfaith families in the news, Intermarriage in Egypt. We covered Slate on the Intermarriage Debate--yes, we think the Passover Seder is a good place for children! We also think it can be a welcoming place for adults, if we are careful not to be exclusive by talking Inside Baseball.


I'm looking forward to all the warm days and blue skies, and to being able to indulge my 5-year-old's taste for noodles again.

Hope you are looking forward to many spring pleasures,

 

Sincerely,

Ruth Abrams, Online Editor

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Jews with family origins in Spain, Portugal or North Africa. Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) Hebrew for "fit" (as in, "fit for consumption"), the Jewish dietary laws. 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. Hebrew for "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.
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