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Israeli Wedding Show

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Matar Productions, a producer of prime time Israeli television shows for more than 30 years, is looking for special couples in California or the New York metropolitan tri-state area getting married from January to May 2010 to participate in a unique documentary to be shown on Israeli television. Your story could appear on the Israeli Wedding Show in exchange for an all-expenses paid honeymoon.


November 10, 2009

Dear Friend,

This was a big two weeks for First I went to Cleveland to give a talk at Siegal College on interfaith families. Then our CEO Ed Case and Network Director Robin Schwartz went to the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial, and Ed went to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, where he is now.

pointing handsJewish Resources

Our new Guide to the Synagogue for Interfaith Couples and Families is designed to give you some idea of what to expect if you are new to synagogue life. It's available as a web document and for download in both Microsoft Word and .pdf formats.

red open doorInterfaith Families and the Jewish Community

Julie Wiener looks back on the impact of the Reform movement's 1983 decision to affirm as Jews children of a Jewish parent of either sex in  The Open Door: 25 Years After Patrilineal Descent.

Akira Ohiso wants to know, "If marriage between two Jews is ideal, what about those of us who are descended from marriages between Jews and non-Jews? Are we not ideal?" in Intermarriage Is Also a Choice.

Ed Case looks at the Birthright Israel Trips and Intermarriage and what a new study says about participation in the trips, Jewish identity and wedding ceremonies.


Catholic stained-glass windoGrowing Up in an Interfaith Family

The child of an interfaith family, Paula Rosenberg asks, "Is it OK to look fondly back on growing up in Catholic school after converting to Judaism?" in  Dear Alma Mater.



mosaic hamsaLatino Jews

One of our writers, Franklin Velazquez, started a group in our Network for Latino Jews. I thought that was a good reason to link to some of the articles we've published for this diverse group of individuals and families. I would love to have more writing from Latino Jews and their families.

Deborah Sussman Susser writes about a ceremony of return for a group of descendents of crypto-Jews held recently in Phoenix in A Long Way Home.

Ivanka TrumpArts and Entertainment

Egon Mayer, a pioneer in outreach to interfaith families, was  rescued from Bergen-Belsen by a controversial Hungarian Jewish official who negotiated with the Nazis. Hedi Molnar, who previously reviewed Tickling Leo which also dealt with this history, discusses a new documentary film on the rescue, in Revered or Reviled: The Legacy of Kasztner.

Nate Bloom's latest column, Interfaith Celebrities: Ivanka's Jewish Wedding, is a happier story. We hope you'll have a lot to say about it!

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


Ruth Abrams, Managing Editor



Write for Us!

We're looking for writers on the following topics:

  • Growing Up in a Latino and Jewish family
  • There are two religions in our household
  • Rediscovering Jewish culture
  • Divorce in an Interfaith Family 
  • My child married a non-Jew, now what?
  • I didn't even know what a bat mitzvah was, and now I'm so proud!
  • Your family is so weird. I mean that in a good way.
  • The interfaith couples that are my role models | P.O. Box 428, Newton, MA 02464 | 617 581 6860 |


Hebrew for "daughter of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish girls come of age at 12 or 13. When a girl comes of age, she is officially a bat mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bat mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The male equivalent is "bar mitzvah."
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