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November 2, 7:00 p.m.'s Managing Editor Ruth Abrams will speak on The Many Faces of Interfaith Families at Siegal College of Jewish Studies in Beachwood, Ohio.



October 27, 2009

Dear Friend,

We're enjoying the new features on our website. As more people have joined our Network, some have already begun creating their own groups, just as we had hoped they would. We'd love it if you could use our Network to meet people in person, or find community online.

Angry dadGetting Engaged

Aaron Kagan didn't imagine that announcing his intention to spend the rest of his life with the person he loves would be met with anything but approval. Whoops. Read more in An Interfaith Engagement.

If someone you know just got engaged, you can send them Why We Help Interfaith Couples Find Rabbis or just send them straight to

Every couple who submits a referral request between October 1 and December 31, 2009 will be entered to win a $500 American Express gift card--that's quite a wedding present. You don't have to be in the market for a wedding officiant to help us. If you refer a friend to our Officiation Referral Service and your friend puts your name in the "Referred By" field on the form, you are also entered to win (and as an added incentive, your friend is entered to win a second time!).

Juliet and Birger StamperdahlInterfaith Weddings

Juliet Stamperdahl's wedding was amazing. (I was there.) It really did feel authentically Jewish, was respectful of Jewish law, honored her partner's Norwegian background and was mindful of his agnosticism, just as she wanted. Read how they did it in Uncompromising Compromises.

Birger and Leif StamperdahlBaby Naming Ceremonies

Before deciding to be engaged, Juliet and Birger Stamperdahl had some very intentional conversations about circumcision. Then they had a baby boy. He writes about how they handled it in Turning Off the Autopilot.

cool dude in plaid shirtOpportunities

The Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel offers outstanding Jewish teens from the US and Canada five weeks of all-expenses-paid study, dialogue and travel in Israel. They welcome children of interfaith families to apply. They've put up a great six-minute video about the program on our site and details about how to apply. Please let us know if you or someone in your family gets a fellowship!

Sylvia HunterParenting

It was tough to grow up Jewish in an interfaith family in Calgary, and Sylvia Hunter is determined to give her own daughter better choices. That's why she picked the progressive, secular Winchevsky Centre in Toronto for her Jewish education, so she could learn there's More Than One Way to be Jewish.

Frenemy of the State comic coverInterracial and Intercultural Jewish Families

Are you in a Jewish multiracial family? The Jewish Multiracial Network wants your recommendations for their Welcoming Synagogues list. I wrote up a full explanation with a round-up of news about multiracial Jewish families, including a short blurb about Rashida Jones' new project, pictured left.

Judi Brooks wrote Cultural Differences and Value Similarities: How We Deal with It All to celebrate her interfaith, interracial family and to analyze the communication strategies that work for her and her husband.

Adam LambertArts and Entertainment

Nate Bloom finally got the inside scoop on Adam Lambert. Read more in Interfaith Celebrities: A Jewish American Idol

Robin Schwartz blogged about another celebrity in Jon Gosselin Embraces the Jewish Community.

Come join our Network to get a feed of the articles that interest you most!


Ruth Abrams, Managing Editor



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  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas in an interfaith family
  • Thanksgiving in an interfaith family
  • The one issue I never expected
  • Bar Mitzvah blues
  • A really welcoming synagogue
  • Catholic in-laws, Jewish in-laws
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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." Hanukkah (known by many spellings) is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd Century BCE. It is marked by the lighting of a menorah and the eating of fried foods.
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