Full of helpful advice for families starting to think about their child's bat or bar mitzvah, Bar & Bat Mitzvah For The Interfaith Family will be a helpful primer to all families (not just interfaith!).
This booklet explains the history of Hanukkah, the symbolism and significance of lighting candles for eight nights, the blessings that accompany the lighting of the candles, the holiday's foods, the game of dreidels, and more!
Connecting Interfaith Families to Jewish Life in Greater Cleveland by providing programs and opportunities for interfaith families to experience Judaism in a variety of venues, meet other interfaith families, and to connect to other Jewish organizations that may serve their needs.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
The Shehecheyanu is a blessing said in thanks for life, for being sustained, and for letting us get to this holy moment. It is a blessing said over any new experience. Got a new pair of shoes? Say Shehecheyanu! Lost your first tooth? Shehecheyanu! First meal in a new home with your family? Shehecheyanu!
This is a popular tune for singing the Shehecheyanu blessing, written by Debbie Friedman:
The blessing can be translated a couple different ways, including:
Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us and permitted us to reach this moment. [A translation that keeps to a traditional understanding of the Hebrew, from The Jewish Catalogue.]
Blessed be the Eternal One, Source of Life, Who has given us life, helped us to grow, and enabled us to reach this moment. [An alternative translation that tries to make the English feel more contemporary, from How to Raise a Jewish Child.]
Hebrew for "blessed are You [,my God]." Introductory words to many Jewish prayers.Hebrew for "Who has given us life," part of a blessing thanking God for bringing us to a special or new moment.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.