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Inside Interfaith Relationships

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 Inside Interfaith Relationships is a new group for interfaith couples who are raising Jewish children at Temple Beth El in Providence, R.I.




August 5, 2009

Dear Friend,

Change is happening at, and we can't wait for you to see it!

We recently relaunched our site with tools to help you personalize your experience and build communities online and in person. All your favorite articles and resources remain, but the site is now more interactive and user-friendly.

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teens on a dateInterfaith Dating

 Emma Stein asks, Is Interfaith Dating a Simple Issue for Jewish Teens?


checked boxSurvey Results

We were very pleased by the number of people who filled out our user survey in May. Ed Case summarizes the results in Survey Says: Influences Visitors to Make Jewish Choices.


stained glass window scroll imageThe Classical Reform Approach

Rabbi Howard Berman of the Society for Classical Reform Judaism describes the Classical Reform approach to intermarriage, "We seek to welcome and embrace interfaith couples and families supporting them, celebrating their weddings and lovingly embracing their children--and to spirituality--there is no more powerful and enduring force in American life than religious faith. We need to claim for Judaism the place it deserves as a spiritual force and available option in American life."  Read more in A New Judaism for a New Millennium.

Nicole habifWeddings

Nicole Habif knows it's the marriage and not the wedding that counts. But planning My Perfect Wedding taught her a lot about love and compromise--and the marriage she wants to have.

Benjamin and the silver goblet coverParenting

Vicki Streiff is usually so picky, I don't know what happened. She was just totally positive about the children's books I sent her for The Little Critics Return with Jewish Picture Books for Summer-- and so were her three children.

roses in a squareAdult Children of Interfaith Marriage

Carol Weiss Rubel was raised Catholic in an interfaith family. Now she's married to a Jewish man, in Hybrids Aren't Just Roses.

Hannah esther dayan Israel

Hannah Dayan wanted desperately to go to Israel with an Orthodox woman's group--but she feared she wasn't a good enough Jew. Her non-Jewish husband pushed her to go. Read more in What I Did On My Summer Vacation.

western wall with notesSpirituality and the Jewish Calendar

The Ninth of Av is a historic holiday commemorating the destruction of the Second Temple? Is that fast still meaningful today? 

lilac bushInterfaith Relationships

He had been engaged. She had been engaged. Could they find love with each other even though some people in their families might not approve? Janice Fischel wrote this story for us after she knew the answer, in Approaching Our 27th Anniversary.

Tom arnoldArts and Entertainment

Oh, New Books! Elie Wiesel and Robert Crumb--one's a Nobel Prize winner, one an underground cartoonist--together, they fight crime.

Remember Tom Arnold? He's still funny and he's still Jewish, as we learn in  Nate Bloom's latest, Interfaith Celebrities: Roasting Joan Rivers.

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Ruth Abrams, Managing Editor



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  • Is it a mitzvah to make sure my husband gets to church?
  • High holiday services with a non-Jewish parent
  • Sukkot in an interfaith family
  • Yes, I take off for the holidays, even though I don't have a Jewish name
  • Picking a religious school for my child--even though I never went
  • Meeting my partner's parents for the first time
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Hebrew for "commandment," it has two meanings. The first are the commandments given in the Torah. ("You should obey the mitzvah of honoring your parents!") The second is a good deed. ("Helping her carry her groceries home was such a mitzvah!") Hebrew for "Booths," it's a fall holiday marking the harvest, like a Jewish Thanksgiving, complete with opportunities for dining and sleeping under the stars. 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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