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June 10, 12 p.m.

At the Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, the Ruth Group is for any woman not born Jewish who is connected to Judaism in some way.



June 9, 2009

Dear Friend,

The school year is winding down, and we're getting ready for summer camp. Because of the economic situation, there were spaces available in a lot of the camps in my area until a lot later in the year than usual. It may not be too late to give your child an awesome Jewish camp experience. If it's their first one, you may be able to get help with the cost

Junior scholastic coverJews of Color

Children of interfaith families, adoptees, Jews by choice and their children--about two percent of the U.S. Jewish population is Asian. Hedi Molnar reports on Developing a Vision of the Future of Asian-Jewish Families.


lionessAdult Children of Interfaith Marriage

Margaret Wilson doesn't have a Jewish name or a Jewish appearance, but she's always been a rebel and she's not afraid to tell people, Yes, I'm Jewish!

Charming and rhyming on stage, Greg Aguele describes his own awakening pride in his Jewish identity, in Birthright Israel Next Monologues: Greg Aguele.

camping imageOpportunities

If you are sending your child to a Jewish overnight camp for the first time, your family might be eligible for a scholarship. Two Boston area camps contacted us to publicize this opportunity specifically to children of interfaith families: JCC Maccabi Camp Kingswood, which has $1000 First-Time Campership Grants and some other funding opportunities and Camp Tel Noar which is offering First Time Campership Grants of $500 and $250. The Jewish camp in your area may have funds available for you through The Foundation for Jewish Camp. A lot of families were going to skip camp this year because of the economic downturn, so there may still be spaces available.

We have another, more cerebral opportunity for you--a webinar to discuss the recent book Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America with its author, Keren McGinity, and sociologist Steven M. Cohen. The webinar is cosponsored by the Jewish Women's Archive and The Berman Jewish Policy Archive at New York University and will be held Monday, June 22, from 3 to 4:30 Eastern Daylight Time. Register online to participate; all are welcome.

Esther shchory bat mitzvahBar and Bat Mitzvah

Growing up in an interfaith family made Esther Shchory feel like an outsider. As an adult she got what she'd yearned for, a Bat Mitzvah After All These Years.

Rabbi Daniel Siegel writes of the spiritual transformation he underwent as a rabbi working with interfaith families in Of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and Non-Jewish Parents.

The new jewConversion

Aliza Hausman, who chose Orthodox Judaism years before she met her husband, has interesting insights in her review of Sally Srok Friedes' memoir of her Reform conversion after years in an interfaith marriage, Welcoming the New Jew.

torn heart mended with tapeDivorce

In Divorce, Interfaith Style, Margery Rose-Clapp has the perspective of decades, but still wonders, what went wrong? Was it religion?

Maya rudolphArts and Entertainment

Maya Rudolph wants the casting directors who thought she was "too weird looking" to open their eyes now--she's in a new movie, as Nate Bloom relates in Interfaith Celebrities: Rudolph Takes a Trip.

prairie dogNew on the Blogs

On IFF's wedding blog, The Hitch, Alx Block wrote his last post before the big day, I Have Warm Feet.

I blogged about the new Jewish American Girl doll, the state of same-sex marriage and gay rights in America and statistics on Jewish and African-American attitudes toward intermarriage.

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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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