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e-newsletter May 28 2008



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Shavuot Ice Cream Picnic

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Outreach at Congregation Albert of Albuquerque, N. M., invites you to a casual, fun Shavuot picnic and play date in the park.

Bring lunch for your family and we'll bring the ice cream! June 8  at 11 a.m.




May 28, 2008

Dear Friend,

Since our last newsletter, we've published some articles that show the diversity of interfaith families, and of the Jewish community in general--diversity of Jewish choices, and diversity of personal experience. We've also been to the movies. You can always find a list of our most recent content at this link: /recent.php.

Rabbinic Officiation

The rabbi set a condition for performing Ken Gordon's wedding: join a synagogue and have your fiancée take an introduction to Judaism class. Was he happy that he made The Promise?

One community's rabbis confront the question of interfaith marriage: should they officiate? Should they even talk about it? Read more in Barbara Pash's Star-Crossed.

News and Opinion

"The words we use are the same," the Ugandan rabbi explains, "but the melodies are African." Sue Fishkoff reports in Jews of African, Asian and Latino Descent Meet in San Francisco.

Birth Ceremonies 

Brandi Tanenbaum and her husband created their own humanistic way to say Welcome to the World, Baby Boy! 

Teen Children of Interfaith Marriage

Chaver Harrison, An Orthodox Teen in an Interfaith Family, explains how he chose a more religiously observant lifestyle than his parents.

Joanne and Robert Randall


When Jo Anne Randall married her nominally Christian husband in 1968, she didn't care whether the children were raised Jewish--but he did.  Read more in When You're In Love, The Whole World is Jewish.

Arts and Entertainment

Nate Bloom's latest, Interfaith Celebrities Are Involved in Sex Again, features the stars of Sex in the City and the beautiful women of Maxim's Hot 100, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, pictured here.

Rachel Mauro reviewed Helen Hunt's directorial debut, Then She Found Me, A Real Movie About Complicated Families, and interviewed the author of the original novel, Elinor Lipman.

Laurie Heifetz interviewed another beauty, Bar Refaeli, who is dating Leonardo DiCaprio, in "Isn't It Better to Live in New York?" An Israeli Supermodel Speaks.


What's New on the Blogs

We gave you George Bush on Intermarriage in Israel, our take on another Israel news story--Holy Cannoli, Jews Burning Books? What Gives? Back in the United States, we found a hilarious Lag B'Omer How-To Video by Jay Firestone at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.


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Ruth Abrams, Online Editor

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A Summer holiday commemorating the receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, it is also known as the Feast of Weeks, as it comes seven weeks after Passover begins. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.)
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