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enewsletter 12-11-07

Dear Friend,

Hanukkah ends tonight, but the Christmas season is already in full steam. In the coming weeks, we'll be publishing numerous stories about Christmas. Next week many of our stories will focus on the relationship between Jesus and Judaism.

Read on for a roundup of articles from the past two weeks...


December Holidays

Hanukkah may be almost over, but it's not too late to send our Hanukkah e-card. If you like latkes, you'll like this card.

Elizabeth Tragash is Jewish. So's her husband. So what are they doing with a Christmas tree in their living room?

A Jewish atheist tries to cope with her husband's crèche, in Rebecca Gopoian's Going Nativity.


Spiritual Journeys

Zack Kushner calls the connections between all things God. His wife calls them science. The question is not, "Can they agree?" but "Do they already?" Read more in I Say Tomato, You Say Deoxyribonucleic Acid.

Joe Eskenazi relates Rabbi David Booth's story in My Presbyterian Girlfriend Made Me Become a Rabbi.


On the eve of its biennial conference starting tomorrow, the Reform movement has released the preliminary results of a study of its members. As reported by Sue Fishkoff, the survey found a major disconnect between temple leaders and temple members and that Reform Jews under 40 are more observant than their parents.

Learn about the wonderful program from PJ Library that provides free Jewish children's books for families with young kids, in Bedtime Stories, by Jacob Berkman.


Arts and Entertainment


The beauty (Jane Seymour) and the boob (Marc Cuban) led the Jewish lineup on "Dancing with the Stars." Read more in the latest installment of Nate Bloom's Interfaith Celebrities.

Nathalia Ramos may have been in Bratz, but this Jewish-Latina actress is anything but.



Did Mohr's title character flee Germany to escape persecution--or to run away from his intermarriage? Read more in Lynn Melnick's The Eager Refugee.

Three new children's books share stories about Moses' father-in-law, a woman who escaped pirates and a latke on the lam. Read Pat Sherman's roundup.


What's New on the Blogs

We've blogged about Bob Dylan's mysterious relationship to Judaismconverts who miss Christmas and our appearance in the New York Times.


Join our friends at the Interfaith Connection in San Francisco on a trip to Israel for interfaith families May 21-May 31, 2008.

If you're going to the Reform movement's biennial in San Diego, stop by our booth in the exhibit hall.

Look for the next e-newsletter on Dec. 21.


Micah Sachs, Managing Editor

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Hanukkah (known by many spellings) is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd Century BCE. It is marked by the lighting of a menorah and the eating of fried foods. The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." Yiddish word for a potato pancake, traditionally eaten during Hanukkah. Hebrew for "lots," referring to the lots cast by Haman, the story's antagonist, to determine the date on which to kill the Jewish people. It's a spring holiday commemorating the Jewish people's triumph. The story is told through the biblical Book of Esther; the namesake heroine, a Jewish woman, marries the Persian king. Their interfaith relationship is central to the story. 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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