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e-newsletter June 11, 2008



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Interfaith Backyard Barbeque

June 22 at 12:00pm. Save the date now for Shalom Pittsburgh's Interfaith Division's Backyard BBQ - a great time to catch up with other interfaith couples and families.




June 11, 2008

Dear Friend,

In the last two weeks we've run a lot of stories about people loving across boundaries and through difficulties. You can always find a list of our most recent content at this link: /recent.

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Wedding Ceremonies

Pauline Albrecht and Ellen Levy had an interfaith wedding ceremony with Jewish and Christian symbols, and they shared a video of their special day with us. See Pauline and Ellen's Wedding Video.

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Interfaith Dating

 Danielle Leeds was supposed to bring home a Jewish boy; Paul was supposed to bring home a Korean girl. Instead, they are sharing Jew Class and Korean Pancakes


Outreach Programs

As community workers reaching out to provide resources to all Jews, Orthodox rabbis on college campuses are confronting the reality of interfaith marriage. Barbara Pash reports in A Jewish Soul: Orthodox Outreach and Interfaith Families.



Sharon Morton is a Jewish educator whose daughter is raising her grandchildren as Christians. Read about it in Her Family As It Is.


News and Opinion

 “When Joe visited me toward the end of my year-long internship, I was struck by how different our Israel experiences were. Where for me, Israel was all about belonging and identity, for him it was a fascinating, historically rich foreign country that doubled as the backdrop for the Bible stories he had learned from the readings at Mass,” says Julie Wiener in  In the Mix: Jewish-Gentile in the Jewish State.


Andi Rosenthal is the daughter of an interfaith marriage who converted to Judaism in adulthood, which makes for some tricky situations--like celebrating Shavuot while on a cruise with her widowed Catholic mother in Sinai At Sea.

On Shavuot we read the Book of Ruth, celebrating the Bible's most famous convert. Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky wants the Jewish community to take the message to heart, Encouraging People Who Choose Judaism.

Sliced Etrog

Charlotte Gordon's dad was Jewish, but she wasn't raised with any Judaism in her life. Even after converting in adulthood, she still sometimes feels awkward, as she describes in Jewish Holidays Can Be Scary.



Arts and Entertainment

IFF Managing Editor Micah Sachs reviewed Adam Sandler's  The Zohan Cometh, a new comedy about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (seriously). That's Emmanuelle Chriqui, who plays the love interest in the movie, in our photo.

Nate Bloom's latest, Interfaith Celebrities: Funny Guys, includes Harrison Ford, Adam Sandler, and Ben Stiller. (Also his wife, Christine Taylor, who is definitely not a guy.) 

Rachel Freedenberg interviews two young Jewish graphic novelists from interfaith families in Comic Expressions.

What's New on the Blogs

I wrote a post about Shavuot and reading the Book of Ruth as the story of an interfaith marriage. (This lovely photograph of Trader Joe's blintzes is by Susanica Tam. Blintzes are traditional Shavuot food, but you can eat them anytime.)


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Ruth Abrams, Online Editor

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