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October 26, 2010 eNewsletter

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Featured Events and Organizations from Our Network

Solomon Schechter Day School Open House

Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis is hosting an open house for prospective families on Sunday, Nov. 14. Solomon Schechter is affiliated with the Conservative movement.

October 26, 2010

Dear friend,

Thanksgiving is a month away, but I'm feeling full of gratitude.

I'm thankful I live in a Jewish community as welcoming to interfaith families as Boston—which gives Julie Wiener, one of the best writers on interfaith issues on the planet, a serious case of Boston envy.

I'm thankful that our online discussion group for couples to talk about how to have religion in their lives got off to a good start last week.

I'm thankful that Slingshot has once again honored IFF as one of the 50 most innovative Jewish non-profits and has again given us a grant. They said we were "crucial to the strength and vitality of the Jewish community."

Finally, I'm thankful for your support, in my last-minute push to be named a semifinalist in the Jewish Community Heroes contest. IFF is now eligible for recognition at the national conference of Jewish federations next month, which would be a nice appetizer before the real Thanksgiving.

Hanukkah and Christmas

Let us know how you plan to spend Hanukkah and Christmas, and enter a drawing for a $500 giftcard!



Children's Books

Is a swine welcome on Shabbat? Elana Roth reviews Laurel Snyder's new children's book, Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher.

Bat Mitzvah

Karen Kaduson Calloway is a bit nervous before her bat mitzvah, but she shouldn't be. She's been preparing for this moment for 63 years.

Marriage and Relationships

Larry, a Catholic, can't stand lox and puts mayonnaise on his roast beef. Can he and his Jewish wife make it work? Read more in Sue Feder's It's All About the Food.

One Jewish paper retreats from publishing gay and lesbian engagements, but another one makes up for it.

Death and Mourning

Thinking about burial options for you and your partner, but worried that no Jewish cemetery will allow you to be buried together? Jane Salk and Bruce Schlossberg offer a primer on interfaith burial, in Planning for the Future: Frequently Asked Questions and Considerations for Interfaith Families.


Watch out, The View. CBS's The Talk—featuring a sextet of hosts with an array of Jewish connections, including Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini and Sarah Gilbert—is aiming for the daytime talk throne. Plus, Friends star David Schwimmer marries a woman from an interfaith family, all in the newest edition of Interfaith Celebrities.

The neuroscientist formerly known as "Blossom," Miayim Bialik, writes about her marriage to her Mormon husband.

The Jewish Outreach Institute is conducting a study of Jewish engagement. Only a few days remain to take their survey.


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