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Summer Vacation in Israel

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August 15-August 29, 2010

Visit Israel through Livnot U'Lehibanot's summer program for interfaith couples: experiential workshops and seminars, hiking and community.


April 13, 2010

Dear Friend,

It's spring! Passover is over and all is daffodils and forsythia, income tax returns (ew) and umbrellas. My son has new frogs from the Passover seder and a nice new toy that was his prize for handing over the Afikoman. Let us know how you're doing--you can leave comments on our articles or create a journal entry on your page on our Network.


Abby Spotts remembers playing with the fringes on her dad's prayer shawl in synagogue in her fairly traditional Jewish family. Her children's Jewish upbringing in an interfaith family is different, as she reflects in Family Life Then and Now.

Lynn Melnick reviews a book on Jewish comedians and one on the woodcarvers who made merry-go-round horses, in Making History Fun: Two New Children's Books.

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How can you find a spiritual practice in Judaism, whether you came from a Jewish background or grew up in another religious tradition? We offer some ideas and resources in the new Jewish Spirituality Resource Guide.

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Adult Children of Interfaith Families

Growing up in an interfaith family, Jennifer Jennings was sometimes anxious about preserving her Jewish identity. Now that she's a young adult in divinity school, she's learned that Christianity is Not Contagious.

How do you describe your background? In Biracial Identity and the Census, Barack Obama's decision to identify only as Black prompted some reflection by and about people from multi-racial Jewish families.

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Are Attitudes Toward Intermarriage Changing? A recent piece in the Forward gave Ed Case some hope.

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Malcolm McClaren, the man behind the Sex Pistols, died this week at the age of 64. I had no idea he was a Jew from an interfaith family.

We all got a giggle out of the trailer for The Infidel, a new British comedy about a Muslim cab driver who finds out he's a Jew by birth.

In his latest column, Interfaith Celebrities Play Baseball and Gwyneth Paltrow Plays Dietrich, Nate Bloom brings us up to date on ballplayers from Jewish and interfaith families and Gwyneth Paltrow's favorite Passover recipes.

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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." 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." "Dessert" in Greek, it refers to the matzah that is hidden at the beginning of the Passover seder and which, customarily, children look for and ransom back to the adults before the conclusion. The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." Hebrew for "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.
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