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Connections In Your Area--Featured Events


To Tree or Not to Tree?

Join the discussion at December Dilemma: Navigating Winter Holidays sponsored by Congregation Albert in Albuquerque, NM.



Nov. 13, 2007

Dear Friend,

In this eNewsletter, we recap the last two weeks of articles from

Visit the site next week to find a week's worth of Thanksgiving stories and recipes. And have a happy Thanksgiving!

Love, Marriage, Communication

Alex Goldfein finds he and his Hindu wife have radically different ideas of how guests should act. Read more in The Reality of Hospitality.


In Everything I Know About Being Bad I Learned in Hebrew School, an ex-Orthodox woman talks about the allure of the forbidden: skipping synagogue, eating non-kosher, dating non-Jewish boys.

Extended Family Relationships

At 16, Adam Wills' younger brother converted to Catholicism for a girl. Now divorced and single, he's asking Adam for dating advice for the first time in his life. Read more in Brother Knows Best?


Jayne Cohen shares creative ways to celebrate Shabbat, including recipes for Egyptian fish balls, garlic brisket and lemon-roasted chicken. Read more in The 52-Day Holiday.


A convert asks: how shall synagogues treat the hesitant, the ignorant, the unaffiliated and the estranged? Read more in Like Abraham or Sodom?

Arts and Entertainment

Katie Couric's mom was Jewish? So says a new biography. Read more about America's sweetheart as well as the Jewish side to "West Side Story" in the latest installment of Interfaith Celebrities.

In a typical romantic comedy, first come obstacles, then comes marriage. Ira & Abby flips the formula around. Read Michael Fox's review.

In Joyce Carol Oates' bleak new novel, there is no resting--or living--in peace. Read The Gravedigger's Daughter: The Tainted Inheritance of Suffering, by Tracy Hahn-Burkett.

What's New on the Blogs

On the IFF Network Blog, Reform Judaism magazine explores 30 years of outreach through the lens of the non-Jewish parents and their Jewish children, and we give our take on the latest tempest surrounding the "Jewish Al Sharpton," Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League.

What's New at IFF

We're pleased to welcome Victoria Leikin as our new community connections coordinator. Victoria has a wealth of experience working at the JCCs of Greater Boston and will be responsible for maintaining and growing our Connections in Your Area system. You can contact her at


Micah Sachs, Managing Editor

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

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A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) Hebrew for "fit" (as in, "fit for consumption"), the Jewish dietary laws. 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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