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We want to know : Should children be able to decide their religion for themselves?

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Explore Judaism

Temple Beth Am of Miami, Fla., is hosting Understanding Judaism, for those interested in learning about Jewish values, history and traditions, on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

August 28, 2007

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Dear Friend,

An old Jewish proverb says, "Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time." How true. Parents today, especially intermarried ones, face challenges their own parents never considered. What religion do you raise your children? How do you decide? How much of the "left out" religion do you share? What about grandparents? In the new issue of our Web Magazine  on parenting, we share perspectives on raising children in an interfaith family. 

When Aviva was born, Tanya Keith wonder whether she and her non-Jewish husband could give their daughter a Jewish identity. They needn't have worried. Aviva is the one dragging the rest of the family to Shabbat services, and refusing to skip Hebrew school. Read more in Learning From Our 5-Year-Old .

Drawing from her work with interfaith couples and the children of intermarriage, outreach veteran Dawn Kepler offers some advice to intermarried parents  contemplating how to raise their children.

For Jews, camp means lifetime friendships, Havdalah and color war. For Jim Keen, a Protestant, camp means twin-sister mix-ups and chainsaw-wielding psychopaths. Read more in My Daughter is Going to Summer Camp: Am I Ready?

Also in this section:

"In the Mix": "You're a Jew, Dad, Right?"


More Reform synagogues are asking prospective rabbis: do you do interfaith weddings? Read more in Is Officiation a Litmus Test for Hiring?

Also in this section:

We're Here, We're Half-Jewish, Get Used to It!

Religious Rights on Trial as Circumcision Case Reaches Oregon's High Court 

Resource Pages

For more on parenting, see our Parenting Resource Page , with links to relevant articles, discussion boards, issues of the Web Magazine and more.

Arts and Entertainment

Scarlett Johansson finally says she's Jewish, Gwyneth Paltrow celebrates her younger brother and the connection between goat cheese, Coach bags and the IDF. Read more in the newest installment of Interfaith Celebrities .

Also in this section:

Funny, You Don't Look Tlingit - Book review of The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon

An Indispensable Guide to Living a Jewish Life - Book review of Living a Jewish Life, by Anita Diamant and Howard Cooper

The Million-Dollar Question: What Makes Someone a Jew? - Book review of What Makes Someone a Jew? by Lauren Seidman

What's New on the Blogs

On the IFF Network Blog, we wonder why synagogues charge for High Holiday tickets and feed our Noah Feldman addiction .

Coming Next

Our next issue, on the High Holidays, will be coming out a few days early, on Thursday, Sept. 6. Have a great Labor Day weekend!


Micah Sachs, Online Managing Editor

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  • Interfaith families and Halloween
  • Your love story for Valentine's Day
  • Baby ceremonies
  • Bat/Bar Mitzvah stories
  • Relationship Issues

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

Hebrew for "son of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish boys come of age at 13. When a boy comes of age, he is officially a bar mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bar mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The female equivalent is "bat mitzvah." Hebrew for "separation" or "distinction," the ceremony marking the end of the Sabbath on Saturday evenings. The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. A language, literally meaning "Jewish," once widely used by Ashkenazi communities. It is influenced by German, Hebrew and Slavic languages, and is written with the Hebrew alphabet. It is comparable to the language of many Sephardi communities, Ladino. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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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