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What Does Pro-Choice Have to Do with Interfaith Marriage?

What does pro-choice have to do with interfaith families?

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Many Paths Up the Mountain

In college, I was a Jewish representative on the student Multi-Faith Council. I have always been fascinated by other religious traditions, cultures and belief systems, while feeling strongly rooted and passionate about my own. Like many in the more liberal branches of religion, I do not believe that Judaism is the one right religion, but […]

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What’s the Right Holiday Greeting?

I have to say that I have mixed feelings about “the holiday season.” While I love the beauty of the lights and decorations, it can feel a bit overwhelming and ostracizing to someone who did not grow up celebrating Christmas. And then what to do when someone wishes me—a Jew—a “merry Christmas”? How to reply? […]

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It’s Time to Stop Encouraging In-marriage

There are many in the Jewish community, including Steven M. Cohen in his recent response in The Forward’s Seesaw column, who put forward a two-pronged approach to sustain the American Jewish community in light of the high rate of intermarriage. First, they encourage in-marriage. But when that fails, they encourage interfaith families to engage Jewishly […]

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No Defense for Lord Sinderby

In Downton Abbey, Lord Sinderby is the disapproving Jewish father who opposes his son’s interfaith marriage to Rose. In Lord Sinderby’s time, there were virtually no opportunities for interfaith families to engage in Jewish life, unless Rose were to convert. Fortunately, we don’t live in that time anymore. Today, many interfaith families can live active […]

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Why Phish is Like Judaism for Newbies

This guest blog post is by my husband, Andrew Garnett-Cook Recently, I went to see Phish, one of my favorite bands.  Over the course of 20 years, I’ve been to many of their shows. I was first introduced to Phish while in college and, despite a long period where I virtually stopped listening to them, […]

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“Belonging” as a Parent with a Jewish Son

This past weekend, our 5-month-old son was formally welcomed into our synagogue community when our family was honored with an aliyah (being called to the honor of Torah). Our rabbi offered blessings, everyone sang “Siman tov u’mazel tov” and we talked about how Sammy got his name. He is named in honor of both of […]

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Baby Blessings

My weekend was full of babies – and beautiful ways to welcome them into the world. Saturday started off with a baby naming ceremony for my cousin’s daughter. My cousin is in an interfaith marriage, and they are raising their children Jewish. When it was time for her aliyah (the honor of being called to […]

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A Multilingual, Multicultural Seder Tradition

One of the things I like about the Passover seder at my aunt’s house is how we incorporate multiple languages and cultures. Specifically, toward the end of the seder, it is a family tradition to sing Hatikvah (the Israeli national anthem) and God Bless America. When my cousin married a man from Togo (a country […]

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Hanukkah Is Not The Jewish Christmas

One of my friends got me thinking with his post on Facebook: Contemplating the irony of Hanukkah, which largely serves as a substitute for Christmas here in the US, being a holiday about resisting assimilation. Thoughts? Responses ranged from saying this is an opportunity to educate others about Judaism, to valuing the freedom to practice […]

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