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Interfaith Understanding

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York is hosting a panel discussion with leaders from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Buddhist faiths on Wednesday, Jan. 16.


Jan. 8, 2008

Dear Friend,

Happy New Year!

Relieved the holidays are over? Sad? Get your mind off the December dilemma by reading our varied collection of new articles--with nary a reference to yuletide in sight.


Love, Marriage, Communication

First came love, then came the discovery of each other's cuisines. Read more about the aromatic pairing of a Jewish woman and a Nepalese man, in Heather Subba's The Perfect Recipe.


Growing up in an Interfaith Family

The daughter of a Jewish dad and a Ukrainian mom had dated nearly every race and religion, but never a Jew. Her first was an Australian Orthodox breakbeater. Find out how it turned out in A. Pinsker's Hipster Hassids: A Semi-Shiksa Lusts for Her Ultimate Fetish--A Cute Jew-Boy.

The adult children of intermarriage want to test-drive Judaism--but don't want to buy until they've gotten to know the product. Read more in Stacey Palevsky's Grown Up Halfsies.



As shown on the Hallmark Channel, the daughter of an interfaith couple relates the story of her visit to Israel. Read more in The Evolution Will Be Televised, by Jennifer Berenbaum.



From plays to podcasts, new forms of outreach are popping up to reach the ever more scattered, ever more distracted, ever more skeptical legions of interfaith couples. Read more in The Next Wave, by Jesse Tisch.

Three new studies debate whether intermarriage has a significant impact on Jewish involvement or not. Read more in Does Being Intermarried Matter? by Sue Fishkoff.

A committed convert, U.S. Army Capt. Johnie Bath returns to Iraq. Read more in Choosing to Pray, Choosing to Fight, by Pauline Dubkin Yearwood.

Arts and Entertainment

In the latest installment of Interfaith Celebrities, Michael J. Fox gets a warm embrace by the Reform movement, Liev Schreiber narrates a PBS doc on Jewish-American history and David Duchovny gets a Globe nom.

Warning: Do not read The Last Chinese Chef on an empty stomach. (Unless you plan on flying to China immediately for a Far East feast.) Read Tracy Hahn-Burkett's review.

What's New on the Blogs

We've blogged about Adam Sandler's new movie and Irving the Snowchicken.

Look for our next e-newsletter Jan. 22.


Micah Sachs, Managing Editor

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The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." 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. Hebrew for "seven," refers to the seven days of mourning following the funeral of a family member.
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