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Annual Gathering of Remembrance

 Sol Rosenkranz at candlelighting ceremony

April 11 at 3 p.m.

Please join us at Temple Emanu-El in New York to observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. is one of the sponsors of this Museum of Jewish Heritage event.  Tickets must be reserved by April 2nd. Photo by Melanie Einzig of Sol Rosenkranz, a survivor, at the 2009 Annual Gathering of Remembrance.


March 2, 2010

Dear Friend,

Oh gosh, our whole house is full of hamantashen. Sounds good, right? Except I'm thinking ahead to Passover and having them out of there. Are you getting ready to host a seder in a few weeks, or just to attend one for the first time? Have you submitted your entry to our Passover recipe contest? We're here and ready to help.

Purim pamphlet coverPurim

I know, Purim is over, and you've just about recovered from the experience of seeing your rabbi in drag. Well, bookmark this terrific pamphlet, Take a Chance! Celebrate Purim, for next year. Karen Kushner and the Jewish Welcome Network wrote it to help your synagogue be friendlier to interfaith families.

Anthony Johnson found Purim the friendliest holiday to him as a gay man in an interfaith relationship, as he writes in My First Purim.

If you're in a same-sex relationship like Anthony and his fiance, this is the year to Stand Up and Be Counted--the US Census for 2010 is counting same sex marriages, even in states that don't have have them. To me, that's also something to be happy about.

small town USAGrowing Up in an Interfaith Family

Rebecca Yackley is Adopted and Part of an Interfaith Family. Her birth mother was Mexican American, and people usually assume she's Catholic.  Now 16 years old, she reflects on her experience.

Leslie Hilgeman is a rabbinical student who grew up in an interfaith family. She drew on her background when she reached out to Haitian coworkers in need of spiritual comfort in Connecting to the 'Other,' Then Holding the Gates Wide Open.

MASH TV title screen

Jews of Color

Sometimes there's an advantage to looking different in a Jewish setting, even when it means dealing with people's assumptions about you. Debbie Burton writes about the annoying and touching interactions she's had because she's No Longer Intermarried, But Still Chinese. The photo is of Debbie at Chinese New Year celebrations at her cousin's house, wearing her grandmother's jacket.

children dancingParenting

Vicki Streiff never pulls her punches when she reviews books. She liked two out of these Three Books About Jewish Diversity, and has great things to say about how you can use them to start discussions with your children.

Salinger book coverArts and Entertainment

Nate Bloom is in his element when he covers Interfaith Celebrities: Oscar Nominees and Olympians. (That's Lauren Bacall, who won a Lifetime Achievement award from the Academy this year.) He also followed up on the figure skaters.

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Yiddish for "Haman's pockets," and shaped after the three-corner hat of Haman (the villain of the Purim story), these are triangular cookies with poppy seed, jam or fruit filling in the middle. Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." "The Temple" refers to either the First Temple, built by King Solomon in 957 BCE in Jerusalem, or the Second Temple, which replaced the First Temple and stood on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem from 516 BCE to 70 CE. 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 "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.
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