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March 16, 2010

Dear Friend,

This is our last email newsletter before Passover and Easter and it's very full. We have great recipes and tips for you, to help it all go well. Hope you are all looking forward to seeing relatives and friends!

Purim pamphlet coverPassover Resources

If you are looking for local Passover events, including classes to get you ready, model seders, or community seders during the holiday, check out our Passover Events 2010.

We're featuring the contributors to our recipe contest in Passover 2010 Recipes. Congratulations to Elizabeth Meyer of Lyndhurst, Ohio for winning the contest--we did it by random drawing, but her cake recipe looks really great! You can find all of our Passover recipes in our Passover Recipes Index.

We have a new overview of preparing for the holiday, Hold the Cheerios and Pass the Macaroons: The Word Mavens Explain Passover Food by Ellen Scolnic and Joyce Eisenberg.

A nationally-known food blogger and cookbook author, Tori Avey knows all about cooking for seder in an interfaith family--and she has tips for you in The Seder Meal: A Cooking Marathon of Heroic Proportions. ("When in doubt, make more food." Yes, I think she has acculturated!)

For more, check out our Passover and Easter Resource Page--we have lots of goodies there for you!

seder table YackleyPassover in an Interfaith Family

Heather Subba is going to be leading her a seder with her husband's Hindu family this year for the first time in Passover: Sharing the Story.

They come from many countries and many backgrounds, but at Rachel Yackley's Passover seder they are all free--and all family--in Diversity at the Table.


Easter lily with greenEaster in an Interfaith Family

Wondering what to do about Easter? We surveyed our readers, and they told us how they handle Easter celebrations. Read What We Learned from's 2010 Passover-Easter Survey to learn more. Congratulations to Nancy Caparelli of Somerville, Mass., who won our random drawing for a gift card for participants in the survey.

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, author of There's an Easter Egg on Your Seder Plate, answers the question, Can We Celebrate Easter? in his video blog produced in collaboration with Jewish TV Network.

Jewish wedding imageNews and Opinion

It's been an exciting couple of weeks for people concerned with interfaith families. Many news outlets carried the story of the Reform Movement Task Force on Intermarriage Report to the Central Conference of American Rabbis. This last week there was also a proposed law in Israel that would seriously restrict the rights of converts--Just Say No. We're also continuing to follow the scandalous story of a public custody battle in an interfaith divorce in Chicago. Our Clergy Referral Service was highlighted in an Associated Press article about Chelsea Clinton's upcoming wedding, and we asked for your opinions--Should Chelsea Clinton Have a Jewish Wedding?

cello with bowGrowing Up in an Interfaith Family

Her parents didn't want to pressure her either way--but when she decided she wanted to throw herself into Jewish education, both the Jewish and Catholic sides of her family supported her, as Emily Savage writes in It Should have Been Grandma's First Bat Mitzvah.

Daniel Bindschedler grew up Jewish, but as the son of two musicians, he spent a lot of time in churches. When his mother died, he feared he would lose his connection to Judaism. Finding a way to mourn her through music helped him hear Songs from Both Sides.

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Finding a Community

Melissa Desjardins knew she wanted to join a synagogue just like the one where she grew up--but her Catholic husband had to feel comfortable there, too. She wrote for us about Finding the Right Fit.

Dana Reynolds didn't expect to find a synagogue like the one where she grew up that would welcome her interfaith family, but she was very surprised to go from a Reform temple in one city to the Hasidic Orthodox Chabad shul in another, as she tells in Different Ways of Welcome.

Kristallnacht picture book coverParenting

We gave Mimi DuPree three new children's books with Passover-related themes to review. She loved two of them and the third one she loathed and called immoral. "There's a reason 'unremittingly bleak' is not a shelf category in the Barnes and Noble Children's Section," she writes, in Heroes, Horrors, and Haroset: Three New Children's Books for Passover.

Salinger book coverArts and Entertainment

Nate Bloom tells all about the new television series about an interfaith couple, Till Death, and follows up on singer John Mayer, in his latest,Interfaith Celebrities: The Fishers and The Tweeters. (The photo is of Eddie Fisher, father of Joely and Carrie, profiled in the column.)

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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." Hebrew for "pious," commonly refers to a member of an Orthodox Jewish mystic movement founded in the 18th century in Eastern Europe by Baal Shem Tov that reacted against Talmudic learning and maintained that God's presence was in all of one's surroundings and that one should serve God in one's every deed and word. 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. Yiddish for "synagogue."
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