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Community Forum with Author Jim Keen

June 09, 2010

Jim Keen, author of Inside Intermarriage: A Christian Partner's Perspective on Raising Jewish Children, articulates workable solutions for negotiating the inevitable and unpredicted parenting challenges for a Christian partner committed to nurturing a Jewish family. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Outreach Training Institute, Newton, Mass.



 




June 8, 2010

Dear Friends,

I didn't do it on purpose, really! I didn't realize I was publishing a story about a couple meeting at Obama's inauguration, and another about a rabbi meeting both Presidents Bush at a wedding, in the same week. It does show something interesting about the diversity of interfaith families. If you want to find interfaith families like yours, join our Network.

armadilloInterfaith Dating

A wonderful man swept her off her feet. Now Mia Howard's learning everything there is to know about interfaith relationships--fast! There's many a Marblehead Moment.

Susan Schur wanted to understand why four rabbis' daughters would all date non-Jews--so she asked them, in How Twenty-Somethings Mate Now. "I assume I'll have a partner who is willing to say kiddush with me," said one young woman, "but that partner doesn't have to be Jewish." (Why the armadillo? You'll see.)

Do you think young interfaith couples in love should be dissuaded because the Washington Post reports interfaith marriages are failing fast? We don't think so.

pink rosesInterfaith Marriage

A conversation with George W. Bush at an interfaith wedding he officiated prompted David S. Gruber to consider how far American Jewry has come toward full acceptance in the US, in Hail to the Chiefs: How I Officiated at a Wedding in the Presence of Two Presidents.
 
Ed Case wrote some beautiful things to honor his father-in-law on Memorial Day, 2010.

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What's the one thing that would make the Jewish community more accessible to interfaith families? Guess. Vicki Streiff gives you the benefit of her experience in How to Afford a Jewish Education.

To celebrate Jim Keen coming to Boston this week, we featured one of his classic pieces,My Childhood vs. My Children's. It's a great look at what it means to be a Protestant dad raising Jewish kids.


woman talkingInterfaith Families and the Jewish Community

What should the Jewish community call non-Jewish parents raising Jewish children? How about, "Mom"? Tell It, Jennifer Thompson and Leyna Krow!

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield of CLAL has some surprisingly liberal things to say about Religious Custody after interfaith divorce.
There's been a lot of discussion of Israel and Jewish engagement in the news, especially in the wake of the Gaza flotilla incident. One thing Ed Case is sure of: blaming young American Jews' distances from Israel on intermarriage is a big mistake.

Sex and the City 2 PosterArts and Entertainment

When we studied her work in school, I learned about this poet's lesbian feminism, but she also wrote a foundational essay on growing up in an interfaith family. In a recent book I learned more about The Jewish Days and Nights of Adrienne Rich.

In Nate Bloom's latest, Interfaith Celebrities: Tony Award Nominees 2010, we get Scarlett Johanssen and Liev Schrieber in "View from a Bridge," plus US World Cup finalists and other guilty pleasures.

Come join our Network to get a feed of the articles that interest you most--and events in your area, too.

Sincerely,

Ruth Abrams, Managing Editor

 

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We're looking for writers on the following topics:

  • Planning an interfaith wedding
  • Getting to know you--a story about interdating
  • Tackling the big interfaith family issues-- in passing
  • My first Rosh Hashanah
  • How to write an ethical will in an interfaith family

 

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Hebrew for "Head of the Year," the Jewish New Year. With Yom Kippur, known as the High Holy Days. Hebrew for "sanctification," a blessing recited over wine or grape juice to sanctify the Sabbath and Jewish holidays. 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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