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American Hebrew Academy Honor Society Logo January 15, 2010 The American Hebrew Academy Honor Society invites 8th graders to apply for a prestigious program at the nationally-known Jewish boarding school.



November 24, 2009

Dear Friend,

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm noticing this year all the things for which I'm grateful. (Hope your list is way too long!) Among many other wonderful things, I'm thankful for our readers, especially those of you who go the extra mile to contribute to our site by writing and by donating financially to support us. (If you'd like to donate, too, you can do it easily online.)

pointing handsInterfaith Dating

Hila Ratzabi, a young poet, writes in Invisible Revisions that Judaism helps her work toward becoming a more aware and empathic person. And so does her non-Jewish partner.

red open doorInterfaith Families and the Jewish Community

Jo Ellen Green Kaiser joined Sha'ar Zahav, a synagogue founded to serve gay, lesbian and transgender Jews, because it was open and welcoming to her straight, interfaith family. She learned more about why working on A Prayerbook to Welcome Everyone.

In connection with the recent Interfaithways Family Shabbat Weekend, Rabbi Mayer Selekman wrote an op-ed for the Philadelphia Jewish ExponentWe've Come A Long Way When It Comes to Outreach.

If you'd like to hear the talk I gave at Cleveland's Siegal College at the beginning of November about the state of interfaith families in the Jewish community, you can watch it on video.

David and Jenny ElsteinWeddings

Our Jewish Clergy Officiation Referral Service really works! In an area where there aren't many rabbis at all, helped David Elstein and his fiance find a rabbi who would perform a Jewish ceremony for an interfaith couple, in Breaking the Glass in North Carolina.



mosaic hamsaJewish Resources

Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic  put together the Dictionary of Jewish Words and they tour the country giving talks in synagogues on What Is a Jewish Word? People in interfaith families tell them it's really useful.

Amanda PeetArts and Entertainment

Jesse Tisch discusses what it was like to see A Serious Man, a film that presents a harshly satirical view of American Jewry, with a date who is not Jewish in A Different View of Movie Jews.

I shared the movie review I wrote for the Boston Jewish Film Festival booklet on Leap of Faith, a movie about Jews by choice.

Nate Bloom is excited that one of his favorites, Amanda Peet, is in a big new apocalyptic blockbuster movie, in Interfaith Celebrities: 2012. (If that movie isn't your favorite, it's not the end of the world.)

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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." The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. 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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