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Unplug for Less Doing and More Being

This is why I’m committing to unplug on March 1-2

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Talking About Christmas Trees… in July

Two years ago, I was sitting at a table on a warm summer evening with five young couples. They were the newest cohort of InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia’s “Love and Religion” workshop for interfaith couples. None of the couples had ever met before, and everyone listened quietly as we went around the table and each couple introduced themselves, sharing […]

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What to Eat on Lenten Shabbat

When some are observing Lent on Shabbat, what does one eat?

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Making Challah and Conversation in Philly

By the IFF/Philadelphia Team: Robyn, Wendy and Robin Challah is the yummy braided bread with which many Jews begin Shabbat dinner. For those who grew up Jewish, the smell and taste of challah often invokes fond memories of family meals. For those who didn’t grow up Jewish (along with those who did), including challah with your […]

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Let’s Celebrate Fellow Travelers on Shavuot

This post is based on an article by Rabbi Copeland that originally appeared on jweekly.com There have always been Jews-by-association. Nowadays this term, JBA for short, is becoming well known as a catch-all category for people who hang out with Jews, including people who gravitate toward Judaism, have many Jewish friends, or are partnered with […]

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Judaism and Shabbat: Discover and Return

You may have heard about a new program that we are starting up at InterfaithFamily/Bay Area called Meet Us at Synagogue (Shul)! The idea came from my experience with returning to Judaism after being disengaged for forty years. It was my chapter of wandering in the desert. One grand life experience pushed me to think […]

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Ten Minutes Inside My Head: Why I’m Unplugging on March 6, 2015

On February 17, after enjoying having my three kids off for four days for President’s Weekend, I was ready for them to return to school, and for me to get a lot of work done. But by 5:45 am I learned that their schools were cancelled because of snow. By 11:30 am, as I was […]

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Do You Fake Gratitude?

I’ve been seeing a lot of trends on Facebook over the past few months surrounding gratitude and if I’m honest, they mostly make me roll my eyes. I’m all for gratitude but these posts more often than not seem contrived and part of a fad rather than a real look at gratitude. That being said, […]

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The Shabbat Excuse

Several years ago, my son’s 4-year-old classmate Sara was diagnosed with cancer. All of the families at our pre-school were devastated by the news. It could have been any of us, but it was sweet little Sara. We wanted to help. We were desperate to do something—ANYTHING—to help. We knew they had tons of toys, […]

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Shabbat Dinner at the Shore

The following is a guest blog post by Sarah & David Falk It was a cool summer day in August down at the Jersey Shore. We were renting a beach house in Bradley Beach with some friends and family for the summer. My husband, David, and his family have been coming down to Bradley Beach […]

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