The email had arrived a week before I was to travel to Houston to speak to a congregation about interfaith marriage and creating a Jewish home as an interfaith couple. It said that the following week, instead of regular Sunday school, there would be a program for sixth-grade students and their parents related to b’nai […]
Rabbi Ari interviews her Israeli brother, Jason, and sister-in-law, Galit. When did you make aliyah? (Literally this words means “to go up” and is used for someone who moves to Israel and connotes ascending in spiritual ways. The word is also used for being called up to the Torah during a worship service.) Jason: I […]
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 […]
An interfaith family discovers the joys of Purim with their young daughters – and figures out proper synagogue etiquette.
Yes, yes indeed, the ketuba was ultimately not killed off and is going to be very much alive and present at our wedding ceremony. I was put off at the thought of a ketuba at the beginning. As stated in my previous post, Ketuba or Not to Ketuba, I relentlessly swayed back and forth on […]
This beautiful booklet will explain the wonderful milestone marking adulthood, the bar mitzvah (for a boy) or bat mitzvah (for a girl), a life cycle event taking place at the age of 13.
Review of The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage, Edited by Loolwa Khazzoom, a collection of memoirs that explore the complexities of being a Mizrahi-Jewish woman.
Reprinted news article about trends in France’s Jewish demographics, showing French Jews to be “happy and well-integrated”, with a 30% intermarriage rate, a growing Sephardic population, and an increase in demand for J
Professional view from a rabbi about issues pertaining to outreach to intermarried/interfaith families, including conversion, resource allocation, participation in Jewish rituals, and the ger toshav status, among others.
Book review of A Place in the Tent: Intermarriage an Conservative Judaism by a rabbi and a Jewish outreach worker, gives an outline of the book’s structure and complimentary overview of its content.