AJPA Syndication

Welcome AJPA members. Below are the articles currently available for syndication. Photo usage information is included with each item. Send any requests for additional reprints or for interviews to Lindsey Silken, contact below. Please credit InterfaithFamily as follows and be mindful that there is no space between the words “Interfaith” and “Family”: This article originally […]

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The Jewish Marriage Contract (Ketubah)

Explanation of ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract.

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BarBat Mitzvah Ideas and Primer for Interfaith Families

A comprehensive guide to bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs for interfaith families, with explanations and sample rituals.

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The Jewish Wedding Canopy (Huppah)

Explanation of the chuppah, the Jewish wedding canopy, and ways to incorporate it into an interfaith wedding ceremony.

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2017 Outgoing Board Members Honored

As we light our chanukiah this week, I want to pause and give honor to our outgoing board members whose dedication and determination has helped InterfaithFamily to be the beacon in our communities. Each has lit a candle of hope for a community to recognize the value of true welcoming and caring for couples and […]

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How To Say The Shehecheyanu – Video

Learn how to say the Shehecheyanu blessing with this video.

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Who is a Jew?

A resource sheet explaining who is considered a Jew according to Biblical times, the Jewish Movements, and in Israel

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Jewish Greetings Cheat Sheet

Are you afraid to open your mouth in Jewish settings because you don’t know what to say? We can help!

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Jewish Holidays Cheat Sheet

Jewish holiday cheat sheet: Find dates & deets

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InterfaithFamily.com Announces Major New Initiative

InterfaithFamily.com Announces InterfaithFamily/Chicago: A Pilot Initiative to Bring Comprehensive Programming Aimed at Engaging Interfaith Families Jewishly to Local Communities

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Resources for Parents Whose Children Are in Interfaith Relationships

Links to IFF articles that may be of use to parents whose children are in interfaith relationships

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Jewish Food Cheat Sheet

An alphabetic listing of Jewish dishes and food-related terms to help people new to Jewish families to figure out what’s on the table.

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Guide to Passover

Guide to Passover for Interfaith Families

Guide to Passover for interfaith families

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What is Your Synagogue’s Policy on Who Can Be a Member?

Rabbis share their synagogues’ policies on who can be a member and what roles someone who is not Jewish can play in synagogue leadership.

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Tips for Interfaith Families: How to Make a Seder Inclusive

Professional advice tips for making the seder more accessible to interfaith partners and families, compiled by InterfaithFamily.com.

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Hanukkah Recipes

Our favorite Hanukkah recipes

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High Holidays Recipes

An index to High Holidays recipes.

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What is Your Synagogue’s Policy on Opening the Ark?

IFF/Your Community asks local rabbis what their synagogues’ policies are on people who are not Jewish opening the ark.

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Which Parents’ Names are Included in Their Child’s Hebrew Name?

Rabbis from IFF/Your Communities share their synagogues’ policies on which parents’ names are included in a child’s Hebrew name during an aliyah.

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How Does Your Synagogue Handle Candle Lighting with Interfaith Families?

Rabbis at different synagogues answer this question about who can light candles during services

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What Attracts Interfaith Families to Jewish Organizations?

The New York Jewish Community Study of 2011, released in June 2012, noted that interfaith families generally score low on that study?s index of Jewish engagement, while interfaith families who join synagogues or send their children to Jewish education score comparably to in-married families. Community studies like New York?s, and other available communal research, however, tell us precious little about what factors contribute to interfaith families joining Jewish organizations and expanding their connections to Judaism – or what they experience as barriers to that expanded connection. At InterfaithFamily, we have years of research on what does attract interfaith families to Jewish synagogues and organizations.

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Shofar: New Year’s Wake-Up Call

Video explaining and demonstrating the shofar, a natural instrument blown on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

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Reading With Kids: Tu Bishvat

Reviews of kids books, perfect for reading on Tu Bishvat – or anytime you want to think about the environment, nature, and our responsibility to the planet.

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Shabbat Dinner – Video

In this video, a family shares Jewish pre-meal rituals for Friday nights.

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Yom Huledet Sameach – Happy Birthday

Yom Huledet Sameach is happy birthday in Hebrew and can be sung the same way.

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Resources for Elul

Resources to help you think, reflect, take stock of yourself, your year, and your community, in the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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How To Put Up A Mezuzah – Video

This video shows you how to affix a mezuzah in your home, including placement on the door frame and the blessings.

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Mezuzah Blessings

The blessings said when putting up a mezuzah, as an easy to download PDF and with audio files.

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What To Expect At A Synagogue – Video

A video explaining the ritual items, layout and features of a synagogue, preparing you for your first visit.

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Jewish Intermarriage Statistics

An overview of statistics on Jewish intermarriage in the U.S. and Jewish population in the U.S. and the world.

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Seder Plate Video

A video introduction to the ritual items, foods, that go on the Passover seder plate.

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The Four Questions

It is customary for the youngest child at the Passover seder to recite the four questions from the Haggadah. Roni demonstrates the traditional tune for the four questions as she sings in Hebrew.

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Your Children’s Children: A Grandparenting Discussion Packet

What does being a grandparent mean to you? Sharing wisdom treats, presents, culture, values–and love? Let’s talk about it.

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A Shabbat Experience For Your Group of Friends

A guide for small groups of interfaith couples and families who want to ?do Jewish? and celebrate an interactive Shabbat dinner together.

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How Jews Mourn

1297 June 18, 2010 From our partners at www.MyJewishLearning.com, a video about how Jews really deal with death and dying, and how their non-Jewish partners can be supportive.

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Jewish Spirituality Resource Guide

How can you find a spiritual practice in Judaism, whether you came from a Jewish background or grew up in another religious tradition? We offer some ideas and resources.

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Passover Recipe Contest Winners

Passover recipes submitted by our readers for our Passover Recipes 2010 contest.

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What We Learned From InterfaithFamily.com’s 2010 Passover-Easter.com

More interfaith families raising their children Jewish are participating in secular Easter activities in a way that they believe does not compromise their children?s Jewish identity. These trends emerged from the sixth annual Passover/Easter Survey conducted by InterfaithFamily.com.

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A Resource Guide to Jewish Conversion

We’re not trying to get you to convert–no pressure–this is just a good opportunity to answer questions you might have about conversion to Judaism.

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Talking About Death and Mourning

A packet of articles on death and mourning in interfaith families to stimulate discussion, with values-clarification questions included.

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Traditional Foods of Hanukkah

Overview of Hanukkah foods, including sufganyot, Hanukkah gelt and links to latke recipes.

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Oh Christmas Tree: A Discussion Packet

It’s not an elephant in the room–it’s just a little pine tree. Want to talk about it? Try our new discussion packet for interfaith couples.

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What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is a holiday that commemorates the Jewish recapture and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE.

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What is Hanukkah?

Learn more about this popular Jewish holiday and its story of miracles

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The Historical Roots of Hanukkah

A section of A Guide to Hanukkah and the December Dilemma for Interfaith Families: The story of Hanukkah is a story of a revolution in the service of religious freedom.

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Traditional Foods of Hanukkah

Because of the miracle of the oil, it’s traditional to eat fried foods during Hanukkah

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To Tree or Not to Tree? That Is (Sometimes) the Question

Questions about the tree, divorced, adoptive or blended families and what about all the mistakes?

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When is Hanukkah, and How Should I Spell It?

Part of A Guide to Hanukkah and the December Dilemma for Interfaith Families.

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Symbols and Observances of Hanukkah

Hanukkah, unlike the major Jewish holidays, does not require any days off from work, any major preparation or any long worship services. It?s an eight day holiday that consists mainly of lighting candles, singing songs, eating traditional foods and playing dreidel.

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Symbols and Observances of Hanukkah

How do we celebrate the festival of lights? Learn about menorahs, dreidels and more.

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Some Specific Approaches Interfaith Families Use for Hanukkah and Christmas

Various approaches for how to celebrate Hanukkah (Chanukah) and Christmas in interfaith families.

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When is Hanukkah?

Find out when the festival of lights will be this year

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Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families

Our Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families is a great resource, introducing the holy day, its rituals and customs.

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Additional Shabbat and Havdalah Guide Resources

Additional resources from our Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families.

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Guide to Shabbat Additional Resources

Part of the Guide to Shabbat for Interfaith Families.

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Guide to Shabbat for Interfaith Families

Landing page with introduction and table of contents to a guide to Shabbat for newbies.

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Guide to the Synagogue for Interfaith Couples and Families: Glossary

New to synagogues? We hope this guide will help you feel ready to be comfortable at your next Jewish event.

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Guide to the Synagogue for Interfaith Couples and Families: Introduction and Table of Contents

New to synagogues? We hope this guide will help you feel ready to be comfortable at your next Jewish event.

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Guide to the Synagogue for Interfaith Couples and Families: What Happens at a Synagogue?

New to synagogues? We hope this guide will help you find a good community for your interfaith family.

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Hamantaschen Recipes

Recipes for making hamantaschen, a Purim favorite.

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Havdalah Blessings

A quick, easy download to guide you through the Havdalah ritual, complete with audio of each blessing.

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How You Can Make Shabbat: Making the Blessings Before the Meal

Introduction to the blessings over the wine, challah, and more, for Shabbat, from our Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families.

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How You Can Make Shabbat: Family Moments

Introduction to the blessings for our children, families, partners, and more, for Shabbat, from our Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families.

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How You Can Make Shabbat: Lighting Candles

Introduction to lighting the candles for Shabbat, from our Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families.

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How You Can Make Shabbat: Preparing

Introduction to the ways one can prepare for Shabbat, from our Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families.

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Parenting During the Holidays

Parenting during the holidays as adoptive, divorced or co-parenting families.

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Passover Cooking

What you can and can’t eat on Passover.

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Lighting the Hanukkah Menorah

Resource for learning how to light the Hanukkah menorah.

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Passover Themes Meaningful to Interfaith Families

What Passover means–a discussion of Passover themes of slavery and other issues.

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Guide To The High Holidays For Interfaith Families: What to Expect at Home On Rosh Hashanah

Some Jewish holiday celebrations are mainly at home. Rosh Hashanah is more about what we do at synagogue, but there are some home observances, too.

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Additional Passover Resources

List of additional Passover resources and Passover links.

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Church Seders: What to Expect

The story behind a seder at a church.

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Elijah’s Cup and Miriam’s Cup

The meaning behind the ritual of Elijah and Miriam’s cup during the Passover seder

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Engaging Children and Adults

How to make the Passover seder interesting.

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Haggadah: The Passover Guide and Storybook

An explanation of the haggadah, the Passover guidebook.

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Inviting Guests

Explanation of tradition of inviting guests to Passover.

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How You Can Make Shabbat at Home

How to celebrate Shabbat at home, including preparing for Shabbat, lighting Shabbat candles and saying Shabbat blessings.

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Traditional Passover Foods

Explanation of traditional Passover foods.

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InterfaithFamily’s Favorite Passover Recipes

Staff members at InterfaithFamily.com share our family recipes for Passover goodies.

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Pre-Passover Preparation

How to prepare for Passover.

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Hanukkah, Christmas, and Your Interfaith Family: Various Approaches

The holiday season, from
Thanksgiving on, can be an
emotionally overloaded time
for many families in all kinds of ways that have nothing to do
with interfaith issues.

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Setting The Passover Table Made Easy – Booklet.com

An introductory resource booklet for interfaith families and intermarried couples looking to make Passover preparations more simple.

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Community Seders at Synagogues: What to Expect

The story behind a seder at a synagogue.

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The 15 Steps of the Seder

The path from slavery to liberation was crafted by the ancient rabbis in fifteen ritualized steps, each one represented by a named section of the seder.

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The Passover Predicament

A compilation of resources, culled from the InterfaithFamily.com Article Archive, on Passover and Easter from 2004.

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The Seder: The Ritual Passover Meal

An explanation of the Passover seder.

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When is Passover, Anyway? A Guide to Jewish Time

When is Passover? Passover dates this year and beyond.

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Your Turn to Host the Seder?

The basics of hosting a seder.

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Christmas, Hanukkah and the Interfaith Family

Suggestions for how to celebrate Hanukkah (Chanukah) and Christmas in interfaith families, including volunteering, doing both and celebrating one at home and one at relatives’.

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Handling the December Holidays: Ten Tips from InterfaithFamily

Professional advice tips for interfaith families on how to handle the conflict between Christmas and Hanukkah, compiled from suggestions by contributors to InterfaithFamily.

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How You Can Make Shabbat: Saturday Afternoon

Ways to enjoy Saturday afternoon of Shabbat, from our Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families.

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From The LGBTQ Archives: Community

Some of our favorite articles from the LGBTQ archive about the community around us, the Jewish community and creating community.

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Making Shabbat: Variations

Introduction to the ways one can celebrate Shabbat, from our Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families.

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Conversion in Interfaith Relationships and Families

Being in an interfaith relationship or the child of an interfaith family presents specific opportunities and challenges in the conversion process.

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Blessing for Putting On Tallit

Learn the blessing for putting on a tallit with the audio and downloadable file. And watch how to put on a tallis with this video!

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Blessings Before and After the Torah Reading

Learn the blessings for before and after the Torah reading just got easier with our audio, video and downloadable files.

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From Generation to Generation

Learn the words to this popular line to sing during Shabbat and holiday Jewish prayer services.

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Jewish Spirituality Resource Guide: Making Holiness

An overview of Jewish holiness, including Jewish blessings, Jewish rituals, reading Torah and doing mitzvot.

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Jewish Spirituality Resource Guide: Synagogue Services

An overview of Jewish spirituality in synagogues, and the challenges involved.

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Jewish Spirituality Resource Guide: The Performance of Mitzvot

An overview of ways you can perform mitzvot, including observing Shabbat, doing Jewish rituals and showing hospitality.

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Jewish Spirituality Resource Guide: Torah Study

How can you find a spiritual practice in Judaism, whether you came from a Jewish background or grew up in another religious tradition? We offer some ideas and resources.

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Open My Mouth: Getting Ready to Pray

Learn the Hebrew words to the line before the Amidah, the central prayer of the Jewish service, in which we ask that our mouth can find the right words.

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Priestly Benediction

Said at many synagogues on Shabbat, at bar and bat mitzvahs, and at homes on friday nights, we have the words and audio so you too can learn this blessing.

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Acceptance of Conversions in Israel

We’re not trying to get you to convert–no pressure–this is just a good opportunity to answer questions you might have about conversion to Judaism.

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Conservative Conversion

We’re not trying to get you to convert–no pressure–this is just a good opportunity to answer questions you might have about conversion to Judaism.

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Denominations and the Conversion Process

We’re not trying to get you to convert–no pressure–this is just a good opportunity to answer questions you might have about conversion to Judaism.

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Raising a Child with Judaism in Your Interfaith Family

InterfaithFamily/Chicago has a new free, joyful and spiritual parenting resource called Raising a Child with Judaism in Your Interfaith Family. This resource includes educational essays, fun family activities, personal narratives, and more for interfaith parents.

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Orthodox Conversion

We’re not trying to get you to convert–no pressure–this is just a good opportunity to answer questions you might have about conversion to Judaism.

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Reconstructionist Conversion

Overview of Reconstructionist conversion.

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Reform Conversion

Overview of Reform Jewish conversion, for people looking for information on how to convert to Judaism.

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The Basics of Conversion to Judaism

We’re not trying to get you to convert–no pressure–this is just a good opportunity to answer questions you might have about conversion to Judaism.

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Other Issues for Potential Converts

We’re not trying to get you to convert–no pressure–this is just a good opportunity to answer questions you might have about conversion to Judaism.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Talks About Her Interfaith Family

An interview with Gwyneth Paltrow as she discusses her work, growing up in an interfaith family, and her close relationship with her Jewish father.

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Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor Talk about Their Interfaith Weddings

Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor discuss their many vow renewals– a Catholic ceremony, a Protestant ceremony, two Jewish ceremonies and a Buddhist ceremony.

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Lecha Dodi: Learning and Singing

Learn about Lecha Dodi, a featured poem sung during Friday night worship, and hear one of its melodies.

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Thirteen Tips for Talking about Israel in Interfaith Families

A series of tips for talking about Israel in interfaith families, especially during times of conflict.

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From the Readers: What InterfaithFamily.com Has Meant to Me

A collection of testimonials about interfaithfamily.com?s impact on readers, professionals and writers for the occasion of its 100th issue.

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Guide to the Synagogue for Interfaith Couples and Families: What Kind of Synagogue Is It? Jewish Denominations

New to synagogues? We hope this guide will help you find a good community for your interfaith family.

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Interfaith Families’ Program Preferences

Do Interfaith Families Prefer Programs Marketed as

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Tips for Talking to Your Children About Interdating

Advice on how Jewish couples and intermarried couples can talk to their children about interfaith dating.

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Goodnight, Sleep Tight – Booklet.com

bedtime, rituals, children, parents, parenting, Jewish, Judaism, religion, faith, rituals, kids, Shema, Sh’ma, bed time, good night, goodnight, night time, night, child, parent, resource, prayer, blessing

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Purim Article Archive

Some of our favorite Purim articles, for interfaith couples and families.

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Variations on Making Shabbat

No two Jews have the same Shabbat rules. As long as you don’t work on Shabbat, you’re keeping the Sabbath.

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Purim for Kids

Purim resources especially for children and families: videos, songs, crafts, and more!

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Shabbat Blessings

A quick, easy download to guide you through the Friday evening Shabbat rituals, complete with audio of each blessing.

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Shabbat Made Easy – Booklet.com

An introductory booklet resource for interfaith families, intermarried couples, and others looking to find out more about Shabbat’s practices and meanings and how to make it their own.

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Shabbat in a Synagogue

In introduction to what to expect when going to a synagogue on Shabbat, from our Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families.

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Shabbat in the Synagogue

Part of the Guide to Shabbat for Interfaith Families.

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Shavuot Article Archive

Some of our favorite Shavuot articles, for interfaith couples and families.

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Shavuot Recipes

It’s customary to eat dairy on Shavuot. Try some of these delish recipes – not just desserts!

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Take a Chance! Celebrate Purim.com

A resource booklet explaining the holiday of Purim, its customs and traditions.

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Take a Chance! Celebrate Purim – Booklet.com

A resource booklet explaining the holiday of Purim, its customs and traditions.

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How You Can End Shabbat: Havdalah

In introduction to the rituals of Havdalah, from our Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families.

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Understanding Jewish Food Traditions

An overview of Jewish foodways, including an introduction to keeping kosher, the role of Shabbat and the impact of immigration.

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What is Havdalah?

In introduction to Havdalah, from our Guide to Shabbat and Havdalah for Interfaith Families.

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Goodnight, Sleep Tight.com

bedtime, rituals, children, parents, parenting, Jewish, Judaism, religion, faith, rituals, kids, Shema, Sh’ma, bed time, good night, goodnight, night time, night, child, parent, resource, prayer, blessing

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What is Shabbat?

An introduction to Shabbat, part of our Guide To Shabbat and Havdalah For Interfaith Families.

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What is Tu Bishvat Anyway?

Explanation and history of Tu Bishvat, new year of the trees according to the Jewish calendar, and its customs.

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What’s Shabbat All About?

Part of the Guide to Shabbat for Interfaith Families.

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What To Discuss Before the Wedding About Life After the Wedding: A Guide for Interfaith Couples

Much of the decisions involved in a wedding revolve around the ceremony, but Interfaith Family has compiled a list of things that couples might want to discuss about their life after the wedding day before they get married.

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Guide To The High Holidays For Interfaith Families: What to Expect in the Synagogue on Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most popular times of year for Jews to go to synagogue, but they also present an atypical synagogue experience.

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From The LGBTQ Archives: Families

Some of our favorite articles from the LGBTQ archive about relationships between partners and with our families.

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From The LGBTQ Archives: Holidays

Some of our favorite holiday articles from the LGBT archives of InterfaithFamily.com.

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From The LGBTQ Archives: Parenting

Some of our favorite parenting articles form the LGBT archives of InterfaithFamily.com

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From The LGBTQ Archives: Spirituality

Some of our favorite articles from the LGBTQ archive about spirituality, Jewish journeys and the intersection of religion and queer identities.

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From The LGBTQ Archives: Weddings

Some of our favorite wedding articles form the LGBT archives of InterfaithFamily.com

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Example of Bedtime Shema

An example of the bedtime Shema prayer.

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Example of the Hamotzi

Hailey sings the hamotzi before christmas dinner.

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Finding a Rabbi or Cantor to Officiate at an Interfaith Wedding

How to find a rabbi or cantor to officiate at an interfaith wedding. Hint: it’s not as easy as you think.

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Sample Non-Cutting Naming Ceremony #1

A sample Jewish non-cutting ceremony for parents who are against circumcision.

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Shehecheyanu

The shehecheyanu prayer in Hebrew, and the shehecheyanu prayer in English.

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1297 Return to the Guide to Birth Ceremonies for Interfaith Families. “With each child, the world begins anew.” (Midrash) RABBI: To call someone or something by name is to touch its heart, its essence. It is to speak a word which lasts a lifetime. In the beginning, God began to create though names. When God […]

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Ritual Wedding Objects and Clothing

Ritual Objects and Clothing: Ketubah, Chuppah, a Glass to Smash and Traditional Jewish Wedding Dress

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Recommended Books for Interfaith Weddings

Recommended books for helping plan an interfaith wedding.

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Processional

How the processional works in a Jewish or interfaith wedding.

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What to Do When the Baby Arrives: Tips for Inclusive Naming Ceremonies

Tips on holding a baby-naming ceremony that includes the child?s Jewish and non-Jewish heritage, compiled from contributors to InterfaithFamily.com.

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Jewish Wedding Dress: Special Concerns

I’m having a Jewish wedding. Are there special considerations relating to what to wear?

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Before the Wedding: Connecting with Other Couples

Find out how to connect with other couples and mentoring before your wedding

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Circling

Explanation of the tradition of circling in Jewish weddings.

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Candle Lighting/Unity Candle

Sample candle-lighting/unity candle ceremonies for Jewish-Christian interfaith weddings.

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Key Differences Between a Jewish Wedding and Christian Wedding

If you’re planning an interfaith wedding, it’s important to know the differences between Jewish and Christian weddings.

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Shehecheyanu

Text and explanation of the the Hebrew prayer Shehecheyanu.

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Managing Family Dynamics and Planning Your Wedding

Here are several strategies to approach the family dynamics that are in play as you plan your wedding.

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Jewish Wedding Guide for Interfaith Couples

A modern guide to planning a Jewish/interfaith wedding

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Potential Obstacles in Planning a Jewish-Christian Wedding

Ways to avoid conflict when planning a Jewish-Christian interfaith wedding.

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Sample Poems, Prayers and Readings

Poems, prayers and readings for interfaith and Jewish weddings.

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Sample Rituals

Sample rituals for an interfaith Jewish wedding.

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Sample Ways to End the Ceremony

Different options for ending an interfaith/Jewish wedding ceremony.

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The Ring Ceremony

Explanation of the ring ceremony at traditional Jewish and modern interfaith weddings.

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The Seven Blessings

Explanation of the Seven Blessings, a traditional feature of Jewish weddings.

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Tips for Parents of Children Who Are in an Interfaith Marriage

Tips for parents of children who are intermarrying, compiled from InterfaithFamily contributors.

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Blessings Over Bread and Wine

Kiddush, the Hebrew blessing over the wine, and Hamotzi, the Hebrew blessing over bread.

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Educating Your Non-Jewish Audience

How can you keep your bewildered non-Jewish guests in the loop at the bar mitzvah?

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Pre-marital Counseling

Pre-martial counseling can benefit everyone planning a wedding.

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Guide to Wedding Ceremonies for Interfaith Couples

A guide with explanations and sample rituals for all aspects of a Jewish interfaith wedding.

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Recommended Books

Books on bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah recommended for interfaith families.

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Common Ground for Jewish-Christian Weddings

A mixed Jewish-Christian wedding offers many opportunities for the couple to honor both of their traditions.

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Circumcision, Pros and Cons

A brief summary of the debate over Jewish ritual circumcision.

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Unique Considerations for Interfaith Parents

There are special issues to consider when planning a birth ceremony for your child if he only has one Jewish parent.

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What Makes a Wedding Jewish?

What are the key characteristics of a Jewish wedding?

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Invitations, Programs and Food

Tips on invitations, programs and food for your interfaith wedding.

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Issues Specific to Jewish – Christian Weddings

Some Common Elements of Christian Weddings that are Different than Jewish Weddings.

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Issues Specific to Jewish-Muslim, Jewish-Hindu and Jewish-Buddhist Weddings

Here are a few resources for some of the more frequently occurring interfaith weddings other than Jewish-Christian weddings.

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Finding Your Officiant(s) and Choosing a Date

Finding your officiant(s) and choosing a date

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Exchange of Vows

Explanation of how the exchange of vows works at Jewish interfaith weddings.

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Elements of a Jewish Wedding Ceremony

Elements of a Jewish Wedding Ceremony.

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Sample Sequences of the Birth Ceremony

Different ideas for the order of rituals for an interfaith birth ceremony.

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Sample Readings to Welcome a New Baby

Ideas for sample readings to welcome a new baby in an interfaith family

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Introduction to Birth Ceremonies for Girls

There is no commandment in the Hebrew Bible to welcome Jewish girls in a particular ceremony, so over the centuries a wide variety of ceremonies have been developed.

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Sample Ceremonies and Definitions for Wedding Programs

Resources for couples planning an interfaith wedding ceremony

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Introduction to The Bris (Brit Milah)

The story behind Jewish ritual circumcision, otherwise known as bris or brit milah.

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Breaking the Glass at a Jewish wedding

Breaking the Glass

An explanation of the ritual of breaking the glass at a Jewish or interfaith wedding.

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Blessing Over the Wine

The Jewish blessing over the wine, plus additional liturgy and sample program definitions for an interfaith wedding.

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Acknowledgement of Different Faiths

Acknowledgement of Different Faiths

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Additional Program Definitions

Additional program definitions for an interfaith Jewish wedding.

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Baby Naming

There are no rules in the Jewish tradition for how to name a child. Jews from different parts of the world follow different, sometimes contrary practices.

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Traditional Birth Ceremony Blessings

The traditional birth ceremony blessings–for bris, brit, simchat bat–for Jewish children from interfaith families.

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Additional Ideas for Ceremony

Additional ideas for an interfaith, Jewish baby naming ceremony.

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Recommended Books

Recommended books on Jewish birth ceremonies.

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Sample Readings for Ceremonies for Boys and Girls

Ideas for sample readings for a bris or circumcision or other Jewish birth or baby-naming ceremony.

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Tips for Inclusive Wedding Ceremonies

Tips for making an interfaith wedding ceremony inclusive of both the Jewish partner and the partner who is not Jewish, compiled from contributions to InterfaithFamily

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Timing and Location of a Jewish Wedding

Information on restrictions on the timing and location of a Jewish wedding.

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Guide To The High Holidays For Interfaith Families: What To Expect in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is an entire day of prayer in the synagogue with lots of services.

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Introduction to Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs

A brief intro to the history and definition of the ritual of bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah.

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Ways the Child May Participate in the Ceremony

Explanation of the various ways a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah may participate in the ceremony.

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InterfaithFamily Guide to the High Holy Days Introduction and Table of Contents

InterfaithFamily Guide to the High Holy Days Table of Contents

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Five Tips for Grandparents Whose Grandchildren Are Being Raised in a Different Religion

Professional view and general information tips on how to celebrate your Judaism with your grandchildren who are not Jewish without dictating their family’s religious choices, compiled by InterfaithFamily.

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Celebrating High Holy Days with Kids and Family

Celebrating High Holy Days with Kids & Family

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Guide To The High Holidays For Interfaith Families: Children on Rosh Hashanah

Unlike other Jewish holidays that are more centered on children, Rosh Hashanah and especially Yom Kippur are primarily adult holidays. What do the children get out of it?

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Guide To The High Holidays For Interfaith Families: Children on Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is hard on parents, but may be interesting and rewarding for children.

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Community During the High Holy Days: How to Find a Synagogue

How to find a synagogue for the High Holy Days

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Celebrating High Holy Days with Kids and Family: Fun and Meaningful Activities

Fun and Meaningful Activities for Kids during the High Holy Days

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Guide To The High Holidays For Interfaith Families: Getting The Most Out of Challenging Holidays

Going to synagogue to pray all day when you don’t usually go ever is like climbing a mountain after walking around the block once or twice.

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Guide To The High Holidays For Interfaith Families: Introduction and Table of Contents

What are the High Holidays? This resource guide gives an overview.

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Logistical Considerations in Celebrating the High Holidays

How to find a synagogue or temple where you can pray on the High Holidays. Part of Guide to the High Holidays for Interfaith Families.

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Sample Introductions to Ceremony

Ideas for introducing an interfaith Jewish birth ceremony.

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Planning Ahead When Celebrating High Holy Days with Kids and Family

Celebrating High Holy Days with Kids and Family: Planning Ahead

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Celebrating High Holy Days with Kids and Family: Public Schools and the High Holy Days

Celebrating High Holy Days with Kids – Public Schools and the High Holy Days

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Six Tips for Interfaith Families Facing the High Holidays

Professional advice tips for making your High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) celebrations more inclusive for your interfaith family, compiled from contributions to InterfaithFamily.com.

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Symbols and Rituals: Tashlich: a Fun, Accessible Ceremony

Tashlich: a Fun, Accessible Ceremony during the High Holy Days

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What is the Meaning of the High Holy Days: The Days In Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

The Days In Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and Being Together In Community

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The High Holy Days Bring Up Loss and Remembrance for Some People

The High Holy Days Bring Up Loss and Remembrance

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Guide To The High Holidays For Interfaith Families: Training for a Marathon of Repentance

Going to synagogue to pray all day when you don’t usually go ever is like climbing a mountain after walking around the block once or twice.

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Symbols and Rituals: Wearing White and Not Wearing Leather

Symbols and Rituals of the High Holy Days – Wearing White and Not Wearing Leather

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What is the Meaning of the High Holy Days?

What is the meaning of the High Holy Days?

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Ways the Child Participates Before the Ceremony: Community Service

Ways your child can integrate his interfaith background into his community service project for his bar mitzvah.

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Readings for Discussing the Covenant

Readings for discussing the covenant between the baby and the Jewish people.

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Guide to Birth Ceremonies for Interfaith Families

Explanations and sample rituals and readings for interfaith couples planning a birth ceremony for their newborn.

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Purification on the Borders of Life and Death

Explanation of the origins of Jewish burial practices.

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Ways the Child Participates Before the Ceremony: Study

Ideas for interfaith study projects for a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah.

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Ways the Family May Participate in the Ceremony

How your family, Jewish or not, can be involved in the bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah ceremony.

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Ways to Include Your Child’s Interfaith Heritage at the Celebration

Ways to make the bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah celebration involve members of your entire interfaith family.

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What’s Permitted and What’s Not

What to expect if you want your child to have a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah.

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Zoey and Ari’s Bat Mitzvah Project

The mitzvah project that two teenage girls chose in honor of their bat mitzvahs.

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Embalming and Cremation

Explanation of the Jewish prohibitions against embalming and cremation, and discussion of modern approaches to cremation.

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Guide to Death and Mourning for Interfaith Families

Information about death and mourning for interfaith families and non-Jews looking for information on Jewish funerals.

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Jewish Mourning Customs: An Introduction

An explanation of who the official mourners are in the Jewish tradition.

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Mourning on a Schedule

A brief overview of how Jewish mourning changes one week, one month and one year after a loved one’s death.

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Planning Your Own Funeral or Someone Else’s

Tips on planning a funeral for a member of an interfaith family.

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Sample Non-Cutting Naming Ceremony #2

A sample Jewish non-cutting ceremony for parents who are against circumcision.

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Preparing the Body for Burial

Explanation of the preparation of a dead body for burial in the Jewish tradition.

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Recommended Resources on Death and Mourning

Recommended websites and books on Jewish death and mourning.

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Who Can Be Buried in a Jewish Cemetery?

The (brief) story behind Jewish cemeteries.

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Naming

Readings for naming ceremonies for Jewish or interfaith babies.

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Adaptations of the Five Senses Ceremony

Versions of the Five Senses Ceremony, a Jewish birth ceremony.

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Yahrzeit and Yizkor

Do Jews light candles to commemorate the dead?

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Speaking to Your Children about Death

How to talk to children in an interfaith family about death.

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Why Don’t Jewish Funerals Have an Open Casket?

Explanation of Jewish approach to coffins and open casket funerals.

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What Happens at a Jewish Funeral?

What to expect at a Jewish funeral.

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The Year of Mourning: Saying Kaddish

An explanation of the Jewish ritual of Mourner’s Kaddish.

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The Principle of Honoring the Divine Image in the Human Body

Explanation of why Judaism is so respectful of the dead body.

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The First Week of Mourning: Shiva

What to expect when paying a shiva call.

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The First Month of Mourning: Sheloshim

Explanation of the first month of mourning in the Jewish tradition.

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Stone Setting: An American Jewish Custom

Why do Jews put rocks on headstones?

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The Best of InterfaithFamily.com: Your Picks

Some of InterfaithFamily.com’s supporters and contributors pick their favorite articles from the website.

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Tips for Parents of Children Who Are Intermarrying

Tips for parents of children who are intermarrying, compiled from InterfaithFamily contributors.

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10 Questions Jewish Partners in Interfaith Couples Ask

Frequently asked questions by Jewish partners in interfaith couples.

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10 Questions Partners Who Are Not Jewish in Interfaith Couples Ask

Frequently asked questions by non-Jewish partners in interfaith couples.

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Who Gets To Be Called a “Rabbi”

Judaism has multiple movements and independent groups, and there are recognition issues between and among them. Judaism also has more than one path to becoming a rabbi.

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