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e-newsletter September 16, 2008


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September 16, 2008

Dear Friend,

In the last two weeks, we've run a lot of articles about having one's assumptions overturned. You can always find a list of our most recent content at: /recent.

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We're very excited here at've been listed in the annual guidebook to 50 of the most innovative Jewish organizations put out by the Slingshot Fund, a group of next generation funders. You can find out more here and here.

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Her 5-year-olds thought everyone had a mom who was Jewish and a dad who wasn't. Susan Blashka tells the story of My Interfaith Reality.

Your parents told you not to interdate, but you did anyway. Now what do you tell your children? Rabbi Stephen Carr Reuben can advise you in Intermarried But My Kids Are Interdating,  the latest installment in our video blog, Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations, presented in cooperation with the Jewish TV Network.

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Death and Mourning

Lula Jones had never even imagined Jewish burial and mourning customs, and suddenly she was in the middle her husband's grandfather's funeral, feeling out of place, in Seven Days and a Funeral.

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Julie Wiener, happily raising Jewish children in an interfaith marriage, reflects on a new sociological study that suggests Jewish men are turned off by Jewish women, in Men, Women And the I-Word.

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It's not easy to be the only person of color at a Shabbat table; you often have to deal with people's prejudices. Aliza Hausman tells what it's like for her in Nation Divided: Coping With Racism in the Jewish Community. What is it like for you?

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Adult Children of Interfaith Marriage

She knows people expect something more exotic, but Rochelle Terman grew up in a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence, as she writes in Jewish and Muslim? Yes. Interesting? Maybe.

Deborah Susser originally titled Jewish Like Me, "On being a half-Jew working for a Jewish organization, or how I learned to stop worrying and love myself for who I am."

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Ren Faught chose to keep her father's name, even though he rejected her and the Jewish tradition she embraced, as she writes in My Name is My Prayer.

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Were you expecting Jewish football players? Nate Bloom is on it, in his latest Interfaith Celebrities: Kicking Off Football Season and the Emmy Awards. (That's San Diego Chargers defensive end Igor Olshansky grimacing at left.)

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On the Blogs

Robin Schwartz, our new Network Director, wrote a blog post on Shul Shopping for the Holidays. Micah Sachs linked to recent stories about The Candidates' Jewish Connections, and I wrote about Jewish rituals for the first week of kindergarten (and books!) in Books and Other Goodies.

We'd love to hear from you--join the discussions on our discussion boards or by posting a comment on an article.



Ruth Abrams, Managing Editor

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