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Holocaust Survivor Documentary on PBS


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April 30, 7 p.m. 

 Out of Faith documents the relationship of Leah Welbel, a woman who lived through Auschwitz, with her beloved American granddaughter in an interfaith marriage. Don't miss this moving film when it comes to your area:  April 30, 7 p.m., on KUED Salt Lake City, May 10, 5 p.m., on WQED Pittsburgh  and May 10, 4 p.m., on KCET, Los Angeles.







April 28, 2009

Dear Friend,

Long time no see! We're enjoying the beautiful New England spring, with all of its yellow and purple flowers, and a new crop of articles on the website.

still from Out of FaithYom HaShoah

In honor of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we blogged about  Remembering the Shoah in Out of Faith, a documentary film about a Holocaust survivor and her grandchildren that is airing on PBS.

In Visiting Auschwitz: The Unexpected Aftermath, Alex Romano explains how learning about the Holocaust shaped his decision to raise Jewish children in an interfaith marriage.


pepperoni pizzaInterdating

Debbie B. is a non-Jewish mom in an observant Jewish family. Her daughter is getting old enough to date--but Debbie doesn't want her to date non-Jews. She wants her to Do As I Say, Not as I Do.

If you are interdating, or you know someone who is, we have classic, practical advice from Courtney Nathan: The Life-Cycle of an Interfaith Relationship: Phase One--The Dating Game.

Harrison FriedesBar Mitzvah

As a Catholic woman married to a Jewish man, every time Sally Srok Friedes attended seders and High Holy Day services she felt like an outsider. Now, nearly 10 years after her conversion, her son's impending bar mitzvah had her feeling non-Jewish all over again. Read more in My Son's Bar Mitzvah Through a Convert's Eyes. (The photo is of the bar mitzvah boy and his cat.)

redhead sticking out her tongueInterfaith Marriage and the Jewish Community

In this month's In the Mix: Gentile Women And The S Word, Julie Wiener says the real "shiksa problem" is how the Jewish community treats partners in interfaith families who are raising Jewish children.

filligree hamsaMuslim and Jewish Relationships

Though most Jews in interfaith marriages in the US are married to people from Christian backgrounds, we receive frequent requests for more resources to support people in Muslim-Jewish interfaith relationships. We asked Rabbi Stephen Carr Reuben, an expert on interfaith marriage, to cover the subject on the video blog he does for IFF in co-operation with the Jewish TV Network. Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: The Jewish Muslim Intermarriage Dilemma lays out an approach to communication.

Rachel and her grandmother 1989Growing Up In An Interfaith Family

Rachel Mauro's Nana was a strong, cheerful immigrant role model for this young Jewish woman. Rachel remembers in My Italian Catholic Grandmother and My Jewish Upbringing The photo is Rachel with her Nana in 1989.

Mimi DuPreeConversion

Mimi DuPree was afraid of how much she loved Judaism. Her husband, an Orthodox Christian, encouraged her to finally call a rabbi about conversion in  An Overnight Interfaith Home.

Aliza Hausman reminds you that asking someone why they converted, just after meeting them, is a little like asking to see their underwear, in The Dos and Don'ts of Talking to Converts.

Wolverine stillArts and Entertainment

Nate Bloom's annual baseball column, Interfaith Celebrities: Major League Hebrews 2009 features 10 Jewish players in the major leagues, some from interfaith families. Nate also has some dope on Interfaith Celebrities: The Summer's First Blockbuster--X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

penguinsNew on the Blogs

As their wedding gets closer, our wedding bloggers on The Hitch are taking on the big questions. Lula has to grapple with her own relationship with her parents and who walks her down the aisle in Love Thy Mother-in-Law, and Alx is feeling closer both to Lula and to Judaism the last eight weeks of wedding planning in All the Parts.

On the Network blog, Ed Case wrote about  a new survey on who are the most spiritual Jews. You'll be surprised! Micah Sachs had a report on the representation of interfaith couples in a new Off-Broadway play in Happiness Is… and I wrote about the really serious stuff, like Star Trek and interfaith families, in a Pop Culture Link Roundup.

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Ruth Abrams, Managing Editor


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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." A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) 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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