Don’t Call Me Bubbe–I’m Grandma.

By Sherrie Bergus On the eve of my first birthday as a grandmother, which happened to be the day of the eclipse, I wrote this manifesto down. It took courage, this but here I am. Like Thoreau before me, I headed out to reflect upon the waters of a beloved lake and declared this: I am a […]

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How Do We Talk About Hate as a Family?

By Elizabeth Vocke A couple of weeks ago, as we were going to sleep, my husband said, “I’m sorry there are people out there who don’t like you because of your religion.” I have to say, I was a little startled by the comment, though it was appreciated. As a Conservative Jewish person growing up […]

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Advice for Assimilated Family Reunions

By Dr. Ruth Nemzoff Q: I am having a family reunion. Half of the youngest generation has married people of other backgrounds. How can I use this opportunity to educate the Jewish members of my family about their heritage? And also to help those who do not currently identify as Jewish to understand how important […]

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How Bedtime Stories Help Us Write a New Chapter of Jewish Tradition

By Shawna Gale My parents, who are both Jewish, were married in the 1970s. In the year they took their vows, only 36 percent of the Jewish respondents in a 2013 Pew Research Center survey had married spouses who were not Jewish. By 2005, the year I was married, that number had climbed to almost […]

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Our Gay, Interfaith Family’s Surprising Synagogue-Shopping Experience

By Liat Katz “A Y A M,” She writes. “Um, Maya, I think you wrote your name backwards,” I respond. “Nope, it’s just in Hebrew,” the 6-year-old says. Maya is learning to read and write in English, while also learning Hebrew at our synagogue’s Sunday school. That makes it confusing. And she’s left-handed too, which […]

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Why We Say Yes to the Easter Invite

The phone rang and I heard my dad’s apprehensive voice. “Hi Sarah. I have a bit of a strange question for you. We are thinking ahead about Easter and we would like to have everyone over for brunch and an Easter egg hunt. We would of course love to have you there, but we know […]

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A Recipe for Conversation and Holiday Cookies

By Jordyn Rozensky For some of us in interfaith homes, December can highlight sticky situations. There are questions of how to balance traditions, how to keep in-laws happy and complicated questions about religion. But December also offers a unique opportunity to embrace new traditions. In my own interfaith home, for example, each year we trim […]

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A Not-So-Cookie Cutter Hanukkah

By Jessica Tobacman We were late. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the aisles of Target, my husband and I were doing our version of stuffing stockings. We were running so fast we were practically sliding to try to fill his stocking and my festive Chinese takeout box before we left for his […]

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Hanukkah and Christmas: Getting It “Right”

By Elizabeth Vocke My husband jokes that I only married him so I could finally celebrate Christmas. And I admit that I do love Christmas. I love the anticipation and excitement, the coziness of the season, the decorations. I also love Hanukkah, but I think it’s more difficult to create that same sense of excitement, though […]

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What I Learned From My Son’s Hindu-Jewish Relationship

By Steven Fisher This is the story of how a Jewish couple added to and became part of our changing America. But more important, this story is about what I learned when my wife, Robina, and I were introduced via our son to a religion, culture and traditions that we thought were so different from […]

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