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May 12, 2009

Dear Friend,

Today is Lag b'Omer, the 33rd day in the customary counting of the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. If the weather is as predicted today, it will be a great day for a picnic, which is the traditional way to celebrate this holiday. We had a great two weeks on the site--take a look. 

open door imageRabbis and Interfaith Marriage

How should rabbis support the Jewish involvement of interfaith families?
We offer perspectives from two rabbis who support the Society for Classical Reform Judaism. First, Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn thinks face to face communication is key to creating A House of Prayer for ALL People, especially when communicating with interfaith couples looking for an officiant.
In The Human Face of Intermarriage: A Rabbi's Pastoral Reflections, Rabbi Nadia Siritsky gives us "a snapshot of a couple that allegedly is destroying the Jewish people," and her feelings about listening to them cry in her office.
Another perspective comes from Rabbi Heather Miller, who says being the child of an interfaith family gives her special insight into the issues that affect the families she serves, as she writes in Rabbinic Reflections After 30 Years in an Interfaith Family.
Another way the Jewish community might find rabbis to serve interfaith families is to ordain rabbis in interfaith marriages, as Ed Case wrote in Rabbinical School and the Interfaith Marriage. What do you think of rabbinical schools admitting intermarried Jews?

young coupleMarriage and Relationships

If you are serious about your relationship, you know you need to do this. Rabbi Reuben's Ruminations: Things to Talk About Before Marriage, produced in co-operation with the Jewish TV Network gives an expert take from a friendly rabbi.

pre-pregnant bellyParenting

Hannah Dayan and her husband thought they didn't want to have children, but they changed their minds. That was the first big decision in We want to get WHAT?

woman happy about news on the internetInterfaith Marriage and the Jewish Community

Finally, someone studying interfaith marriage did the obvious thing! Sherry Israel explains in her review of Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America, To Understand Interfaith Marriage, Ask Jewish Women.


Pink lipstickGrowing Up In An Interfaith Family

Ruby is proud to be Jewrican, but it wasn't always that way. When she was growing up in St. Louis, no one looked like her. All the Hispanic people were really Catholic and all the Jewish people were Jewish on both sides--not mixed. Watch her tell her story on stage in Birthright Israel Next Monologues: Ruby Marez.




Lag b'Omer

It's obscure. It's hard to explain. It's a good day for a haircut. It's Lag b'Omer: A Jewish Holiday That Is A Picnic, and Sybil Kaplan is providing you with recipes for the traditional cookouts of her new home in Jerusalem.


MournerDeath and Mourning

Whether or not the person you are mourning is Jewish, you can gain comfort from Jewish mourning customs, as Anita Diamant found in Till Death Do Us Part.


Michael j. foxArts and Entertainment

Nate Bloom's column Interfaith Celebrities: People With Pretty Faces, covers Michael J. Fox, Chelsea Handler, Debra Winger, Adam Lambert and Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

bagelNew on the Blogs

Our wedding bloggers on The Hitch are doing their homework, as Alx writes in Making the Grade.

On the Network blog, I wrote about welcoming words in Watch Your Language: On Shibboleths, Ghettoes and Bageling. Micah Sachs is all excited, Extra! Extra! Star Trek’s Director Is Intermarried and Robin Schwartz wrote about Generation Y Defining Jewishness.


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The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." A Summer holiday commemorating the receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, it is also known as the Feast of Weeks, as it comes seven weeks after Passover begins. A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.)
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