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Tot Shabbat

June 04, 2010

Temple Sinai of Brookline, Mass., invites families with children ages 0-7 to participate in our monthly Tot Shabbat services at 6:30pm. Those services include singing, a brief service, and a Shabbat story.


May 25, 2010

Dear Friend,

 Are you getting ready for a great summer? If you're like me and have little kids, don't forget your summer reading from The PJ Library. They'll send your child a free Jewish book every month.

You can join our new Children's Book Discussion Group on the IFF Network to talk about books that you like to read to children or give them to read to themselves.

torn wedding photoParenting

Divorce entangles children in inevitable conflicts and forces them to shuttle between two different homes and sometimes, two different religions. Julie Wiener discusses how some interfaith families manage in Religion and a House Divided.


One of our colleagues at was getting ready to take her son to his first-cousin's baptism, and had to explain some things about Christianity. Debra Darvick's classic advice, How to Talk to Your Kids About Jesus, is still an important piece for interfaith families taking Jewish children to Christian relatives' life cycle celebrations and holidays.

pink rosesShavuot

Shavuot was fantastic this year. We reprinted a piece right before the holiday from The Forward by J.J. Goldberg, Shavuot: The Zeppo Marx of Jewish Holidays that we loved.

I taught a class at my havurah's all-night study session that incorporated our Jewish Spirituality Resource Guide. Two other things I'd recommend even though the holiday is over are Mintz's Blintzes with Tofutti, and the JPS Children's Bible that I used to read my son the Book of Ruth.

Bahai 9 pointed starInterfaith Marriage

The Bahá'i Faith is very different from Judaism, and that very newness and openness has made Davida Steinberg's interfaith journey with her husband unique and possible, as she writes in Our Jewish-Baha'i Interfaith Marriage. (The image is a nine-pointed star, a symbol of the Bahá'i Faith.)

shocked womanInterfaith Families and the Jewish Community

Our Chief Operating Office Heather Martin was horrified. "Really?" she said. "Can you believe a Jewish newspaper would publish a question like that, even in an advice column?" Find out why in Is It Ethical to Pose an Unethical Question?

Want to learn about Jewish takes on hot-button issues? Check out Resources on Jewish Ethics.

Sex and the City 2 PosterArts and Entertainment

In Nate Bloom's latest, Interfaith Celebrities: More Sex, Sparring Partners and Fallen Heroes, we get the low-down on Sex and the City 2 and a profile of Yuri Foreman and his wife, celebrity Orthodox Jewish boxers. (Yes! She's a boxer too!)  Bloom also memorializes some of the Jewish casualties of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, including some touching stories about soldiers from interfaith families.

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  • My very terrific bar mitzvah boy | 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 "fellowship," a lay-led group that meets for Shabbat or holiday prayer services, life cycle events, and/or Jewish learning or discussion. The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday.
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