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School starts for my son this week and Rosh Hashanah is in a little more than two weeks. Have you made your Rosh Hashanah plans? (Do I sound like your mom? Sorry!)

This is a great time to consult our new organizations search tool to find an interfaith-family friendly synagogue. That may be one way to find a place that's not only friendly, but spiritual overall--it's not a surprise when an interfaith-friendly synagogue has other things going for it, too.

champagneMarriage and Relationships

Cassie Havel Morgenstern did not expect that her Christian and Jewish friends and relatives were going to be harder on her relationship after the wedding, as she writes in Lessons of Respect from My Year of Marriage.


internet datingGrowing Up in an Interfaith Family

I cannot possibly do justice to how funny Vicki Boykis is in this book review of Sana Krasikov's One More Year, Everyone Suffering From the Same Toothache. She chalks it up to being the child of an interfaith Russian and Russian-Jewish immigrant family. I had fun just editing this one!

beet borschtBar and Bat Mitzvah

After his parents' divorce, Chaim Sodi's dad stopped identifying as a Jew--but he still wanted to be a good dad to his son as he was in Sodi's story. You'll have to read Becoming a Jewish Man to understand the significance of the cheesecake in the photo.




cute babyJewish Resources 

A lot of people in our office loved this video from our friends at MyJewishLearning, Todd & God: How to Hang a Mezuzah. It may be unorthodox, but the Jewish custom it teaches is totally traditional. Let us know if you like it, too.

After I blogged about some shiny new books, including one on arts and crafts for the Jewish holidays, people asked for More about Jewish Arts and Crafts, so I obliged with some of my favorite internet resources.


Happy couple laughingResearch

 Janice Aron invited readers to participate in her doctoral dissertation research. She's completed the degree and returned to report on what she learned in Interfaith Marriage Satisfaction Study Yields Answers and More Questions. Mazel tov Dr. Aron!

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Judaism and Catholicism

According to the Pew Forum U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, most Jews in interfaith marriages are married to Catholics. In "I do not think it means what you think it means", I wrote about Jewish reaction to a recent United States Conference of Catholic Bishops statement on Catholic-Jewish relations.

If the interfaith dialogue story highlights Jewish and Catholic cultural differences, Andi Rosenthal's Balancing the Books shows their similarities. During the month before Rosh Hashanah, we have an opportunity to concentrate on these shared values of being able to repent from bad deeds and turning toward good ones.

Mélanie LaurentArts and Entertainment

Nate Bloom's latest, Interfaith Celebrities: Inglourious Basterds Surprises and Connections, gives some of the kernel of history behind Quentin Tarantino's gory and cartoonish alternate reality World War II movie, and some information about the Jewish actors in the film, like Mélanie Laurent, pictured here.

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Hebrew for "Head of the Year," the Jewish New Year. With Yom Kippur, known as the High Holy Days. Hebrew and Yiddish for "good luck," a phrase used to express congratulations for happy and significant occasions. Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
Hebrew for "cupboard" or "closet," it usually refers to the ark, a structure that houses the Torah(s) in a synagogue.
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