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Chana Rothman Concert

 Chana Rothman

May 1, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Reggae, worldbeat, folk, and hip-hop sounds infuse Chana Rothman's Hebrew-English tunes with rhythm and positive vibes. Come hear Rothman with opening group, Staam, an acapella group from Washington University, at Temple Emanuel in St. Louis.



 




April 27, 2010

Dear Friend,

Lilacs are just starting to bloom here in Boston. I hope you're all having excellent outdoor time in the spring weather and getting good things out of your indoor time--for example, from our site! We hope that you find people to meet up with in the great outdoors through our Network, where we host groups and organizations.

united nations buildingWeddings

Co-officiants Rabbi Burt Siegel and Canon Elisabeth Thorsen conducted this wedding ceremony, An Intercultural Celebration of Love, at a chapel at the United Nations. The happy couple shared their wedding video with us. Would the ways they included both partners' traditions work at your wedding?

wrapped giftBar and Bat Mitzvah

The child of an interfaith family herself, Deborah Sussman Susser considered her daughter's Jewish education a privilege. Her daughter is not so sure, as she writes in The Bat Mitzvah Gift.

hand reaching for light bulb

Outreach

The programs for interfaith families at Jane Larkin's Reform congregation are so good, inmarried couples want to participate. Want to know why? Read Outreach Matters.

Eli Kaunfer, founder of Mechon Hadar, has some new ideas about outreach to both same-faith and interfaith couples, as I wrote in Because Some People Like Dancing.

What can you take away from the debacle of the Reyes divorce case? Laurel Snyder and Julie Wiener wrote some things that had us saying, Yes, THAT.

Vader Half Jew thumbnailInterfaith Dating

Eli Valley is tired of anti-interdating rhetoric in the Jewish community. He's not shy in satirizing it in his Star Wars-inspired comic, Vader Half Jew.

They're committed to Jewish life but they aren't Dating Jewish Men--an interview with two participants in Birthright Israel from Birthright Israel Next.

cashewsAdult Children of Interfaith Families

Yonit de Metz grew up without any religious observance--she and her brothers called themselves "Cashews" for Catholic-Jews--but her first question when she got to college in Iowa on a National Hispanic Merit Scholarship, was, "Are there Jews here?" as she tells in Not the Only One.


scarlett johansson in Iron Man 2Arts and Entertainment

I loved reading what Gloria Steinem said about her Jewish background. The famous feminist, now 75, is the daughter of an interfaith family.

In Nate Bloom's Interfaith Celebrities: Iron Man 2 we catch up with some old friends--like Scarlett Johansson, who joins the cast of the new movie.

I do not like Microsoft's new Hotmail ad campaign. I have a lot to say About the New Busy.

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Ruth Abrams, Managing Editor

 

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  • Bar mitzvah planning in an interfaith family

 

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An international program that sends thousands of young Jews to Israel each year for free. 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." The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. 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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