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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.



September 30, 2009

Dear Friend,

I'm just coming down off the spiritual high that was Yom Kippur. I haven't had high High Holidays in a long time! I hope yours were the same, and that you found a solid sense of welcome and belonging. I'm excited for the new year and all the articles we have planned for the site.

We're thrilled that almost 500 people have joined our new Network. I have to tell you about a neat feature -- once you join and create a personal page, we stream local events to it, automatically. As more individuals and organizations get listed, we'll be better able to match you with who and what you're interested in, where you live. It's easy to join, just go to

kids in schoolJewish Education

Julie Wiener didn't have much Jewish education growing up, and wants her children to have all the advantages, in particular because their dad isn't Jewish. She's  ISO: The Perfect Hebrew School.

Morissa Fregeau's attitude toward Jewish education was also changed positively by her interfaith marriage, because it made her able to deal with questions of "why" as well as "how," as she writes in  Standing on Chairs: My Journey as a Hebrew School Teacher.

homeFall Holidays

I read Diane Ackerman's new book, Dawn Light, and found it a Perfect Book for the Days of Awe. Even though the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are over, I still like the book, and you might, too.

Elizabeth Meyer wasn't sure how she should act at the High Holidays with her serious boyfriend's Jewish family. She called her father, a Baptist minister, to ask what he thought she should do. He said, "Beth, it is one day. Suck it up. Fast with them." Read about what happened in My First Yom Kippur.

As soon as Yom Kippur is over, we pick up the tools to build the Sukkah for Sukkot. Jane Larkin has found meaning in the holiday for her family Beyond the Lulav and the Etrog. (This lovely Sukkah photo is from Amy Meltzer at Homeshuling--another great resource for parents raising Jewish children!)

JPS Illustrated Children's BibleAnnouncements

You can make a difference! The United Jewish Communities is running a Jewish Community Heroes contest to honor a person who is making strides to repair the world. Voting is open until October 8 -- you can vote once a day for your favorite. There are many wonderful nominees, but there are only a handful of Jewish professionals in the country who run outreach programs for interfaith families. One of the most experienced, IFF's good friend Phyllis Adler, who directs Stepping Stones to a Jewish Me in Denver has been nominated. Voting is open until October 8--you can vote once a day for your favorite, and for more than one favorite, too.

Our friends at the Jewish Publication Society have offered a special 30% discount to readers on their lovely new JPS Illustrated Children's Bible. Using the 1985 JPS translation (NJPS) of the Hebrew Bible as her foundation, Jewish scholar and storyteller Ellen Frankel retains much of the Bible’s original wording and simple narrative style as she incorporates her own exceptional storytelling technique, free of personal interpretation or commentary.  Take advantage of this 30% discount right now by entering code IFFICB at checkout!

Julianne MarguliesArts and Entertainment

Nate Bloom's latest, Interfaith Celebrities: New Television Season, New Football Season 2009 features Julianna Margulies, Christine Lahti and Jason Schwartzman.

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Ruth Abrams, Managing Editor



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Hebrew for "Head of the Year," the Jewish New Year. With Yom Kippur, known as the High Holy Days. Hebrew for "son of the commandments." In modern Jewish practice, Jewish boys come of age at 13. When a boy comes of age, he is officially a bar mitzvah and considered an adult. The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bar mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration. The female equivalent is "bat mitzvah." Hebrew for "Day of Atonement," the final of ten Days of Awe that begin with Rosh Hashanah. Occurs during the fall and is marked by a 24-hour fast. One of the most important Jewish holidays. 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.
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