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eNewsletter 11-1-07

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Need a Rest?

Come learn about Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, at A Night Apart, a four-part class at Temple Beth Sholom in Manchester, Conn.


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Oct. 31, 2007

Dear Friend,

If you've visited in the last few days, you may have noticed that things look a little differently than they used to. That's because we've redesigned and relaunched our website. Before the end of the year, we will be announcing numerous new features that make it easier for you, and others like you, to find what you need--and to interact with us and other users.

The first major change to the site is that we no longer will be publishing a biweekly Web Magazine organized around single topic. Instead, we will publish new articles  on a daily basis on the full range of topics of interest to people in interfaith families, and those who care about them. You will still continue to receive eNewsletters every two weeks announcing the newest content on the site.

Keep coming back to the site in the coming weeks--you may find something new before we've gotten a chance to announce it!

Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah

Can you have a Bar Mitzvah without joining a temple? Cantor Ronald Broden's answer may surprise you. Read more in Shul's Out .

Hedi Molnar is the only Jewish adult in her extended family. Learn how she plans the biggest day in her adopted child's life in My Chinese Daughter's Bat Mitzvah .


In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Mikvah , a Jew-by-lifestyle defends her decision not to become a Jew-by-choice.

Death and Mourning

Barbara Targum's family has an hour-long church reception for a late relative. Her husband's family sits shiva for seven days. Read more about the differences and similarities in Jewish and Catholic bereavement rituals in The Mourning After .


Keeping the Sabbath doesn't mean you have to follow all the rules. Read more in Tracy Hahn-Burkett's Shabbat, Our Way .

Growing Up in an Interfaith Family


"My impulse to pass as non-Jewish has less to do with self-loathing than an obsessive need to be loved," says Rebecca DiLiberto in The Play-It-Down Jew: Should I Tell People I'm 25% Jewish?

Arts and Entertainment

A wartime Welsh barmaid longs for adventure, while Rudolf Hess' inquisitor struggles with his German-Jewish background, in The Welsh Girl . Read Alizah Salario's review.

What's New on the Blogs

On the IFF Network Blog, we look at a study that investigates whether the children of intermarriage do worse than their peers and talk about a writer who's bounced from Hanukkah to Christmas and back .

What's New at IFF

With very mixed emotions we want our readers to know that Ronnie Friedland is leaving to move on to a new position at , a website addressing relationships issues including care of children, elders and pets. Ronnie is the founding editor of and her contributions to our organization are immeasurable. She created an unparalleled content resource that has helped countless people in interfaith relationships explore Jewish life in many ways. We will greatly miss her talents but wish her only the best in her new endeavor. Ronnie can continue to be reached at .


Micah Sachs, Managing Editor

Write for Us!

We're looking for writers on the following topics:

  • Your interfaith love story for Valentine's Day
  • Interfaith families and New Year's
  • Interfaith families and Thanksgiving
  • Parenting young children
  • Weddings

Interested in any of these topics? Contact us at .

A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) 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 "seven," refers to the seven days of mourning following the funeral of a family member.
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