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e-newsletter 8-19-08

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August 19, 2008

Dear Friend,

Our articles in the last two weeks have featured people solving problems in relationships: two faiths sharing one home or one family, Jews and Catholics repairing their relationship and building new relationships, converts of color finding a place in the Jewish community, finding Jewish food that's also Puerto Rican. You can always find a list of our most recent content at: /recent.

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Growing Up In An Interfaith Family

Sara Cukerbaum's Jewishness was too much for Texas, not enough for New York, as she relates in Yeehaa! Oh--And Shalom.

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In Can't We Do Both Religions? Rabbi Stephen Carr Reuben shares his expertise from counseling thousands of interfaith couples on a big question that many couples ask. Check out the latest installment in our video blog, Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations, presented in cooperation with the Jewish TV Network.


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Spiritual Journeys

She's a practicing Quaker and he's an observant Jew, but they didn't start their marriage that way. Read Cynthia Schwan's story of how her interfaith marriage created A Spiritual Home.

Fasting for the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av is hard to even explain, much less do. Marinell James gives us the benefit of her experience in Fast For the Body, Food For the Spirit.

Jews of Color

We want to run more stories about the diversity of the Jewish community, and Aliza Hausman's interviews with Converts On The True Colors Of The Jewish Community shows us some of the diversity even among Jews of color.

The only Jewish player in the National Basketball Association and the child of an interfaith marriage, he says that his own diverse background put him in a unique position to reach out to Israeli and Arab children. Laker Jordan Farmar Shoots For Middle East Coexistence, as Gil Hoffman writes.


Intercultural Relationships

Ruby Velez faced A Surprising Challenge For An Intercultural Relationship. (Yes, the picture gives it away, it was food--though not for the reasons you might think!)

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Jewish-Catholic Relationships

Julie Wiener is married to someone Catholic--and so, according to the Pew Forum Survey, are the majority of Jews who married non-Jews in the United States. She explores why in The Jewish-Catholic Connection.

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Arts and Entertainment

Nate Bloom gives us Interfaith Celebrities: Olympic Update with more on Jason Lezak, and a short take on the latest on his favorite interfaith celebrity, Shia LaBeouf.

Fred Topel interviewed the sexiest man alive (Jack Black! You mean you didn't know?) in Joshing With Jack.

What's New On The Blogs

I only scratched the surface of all the great high tech spiritual stuff out there in We Have The Technology.

Jewels of Elul

In the Jewish calendar, the month of Elul precedes the High Holy Days. Jewish musician Craig Taubman is publishing 29 spiritual essays in preparation for the High Holy Days at Barack Obama and John McCain are among the 29 writers contributing a meditation every day from September 1 to September 29. A great way to get ready for Rosh Hashanah!

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Ruth Abrams, Managing Editor

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Hebrew for "Head of the Year," the Jewish New Year. With Yom Kippur, known as the High Holy Days. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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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