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July 31, 2007

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Dear Friend,

Divorce or separation is painful no matter what the background of the people involved. It can be even more complicating--and more wrenching--when each partner is from a different religious background. How will the children be raised? If they're raised Jewish, what part does the non-Jewish ex- play? In the new issue of our Web Magazine, we explore divorce from a variety of perspectives.

In Advice to Separated Interfaith Couples , Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff offers some ideas on ways faith can be a help, not a hindrance, to an amicable break-up.

Laurie Nodie found the man of her dreams 10 years ago, with one catch: he was going through a nasty divorce. When Nodie brought Christmas into her new husband's Jewish home, the ex-wife was not amused. Read more in The Ex Factor .

When you come from a mixed-faith background yourself, what do you tell your children about religion? Felice Indindoli Bochman tries to answer her children's questions in Why Aren't We More Like Tevye?

Also in this section:

Interfaith Utopia

Pray It Again, Kid: Blessings from a Precocious Child  

After the Divorce: Will the Children Still Be Raised Jewish?  

Jewish Life After the Split  (an audio interview)

News and Opinion

Sherwin Wine, the rabbi who made it OK for Jews not to believe in God, died in a car accident in Morocco a week and a half ago. Read more .

Also in this section:

Should Rabbis Say "I Do" to Interfaith Weddings?

Resource Pages

For more on divorce, see our Marriage and Relationships Page , with links to relevant articles, discussion boards, issues of the Web Magazine and more!

Arts and Entertainment

In the new installment of Interfaith Celebrities , Nate Bloom looks into David Beckham's Jewish background and offers the latest update on the "Sex and the City" movie and its ladies' interfaith connections.

Also in this section:

Just an Ordinary Jew?  - Movie review of Just an Ordinary Jew

Making a Godly Mess  - Book review of Yearnings, by Irwin Kula

Anti-Semitism Undertow  - Book review of Body Surfing, by Anita Shreve

147 Ways to Be Jewish  - Book review of I Am Jewish , ed. by Judea and Ruth Pearl

What's New on the Blogs

On the IFF Network Blog, we've written about Noah Feldman's essay on being Modern Orthodox and intermarried, as well as the controversial revival of the Latin Mass .

What's New at IFF

Amy Rovin, our Community Connections Coordinator, has returned from maternity leave. Welcome back!

Coming Next

Our next issue, on Religious Journeys/Conversion, will be published on Aug. 14.


Micah Sachs, Online Managing Editor

Write for Us!

We're looking for writers on the following topics:

  • December Holidays
  • Relationship with the extended family
  • When one partner is more religious than the other
  • Jewish fathers in interfaith relationships that are raising the kids Jewish: did they step up and help raise the kids religiously, or leave it to the non-Jewish mothers?
  • Creating meaningful home rituals that help unite the family 

Interested in any of these topics? Contact Web Magazine Editor Ronnie Friedland at . | P.O. Box 428, Newton, MA 02464 | 617 581 6860 |

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