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How Will Our Kids Understand the Past?

How do I help my daughters truly understand anti-Semitism and Jewish history?

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Positive Outlooks Greet the New Year

This post originally appeared on www.edumundcase.com and is reprinted with permission. The discussion about Conservative rabbis officiating for interfaith couples has quieted, other than a terrible piece by one of the Cohen Center’s own researchers, that I blogged about separately. I’d rather focus on the positive responses to intermarriage as the High Holidays approach, and fortunately […]

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Should We Pray for Bad People?

Shortly before the inauguration in mid-January, I was contacted by a Chicago Tribune reporter about a story he was working on related to prayer. I worked with him on a Passover-Easter story in the past. This time, he was looking for various faith perspectives on the question: Should we pray for bad people? The idea […]

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TransJewish?

Does the huge conversation about Rachel Dolezal, who resigned as president of the Spokane, WA, chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People after it was revealed that she identified as African-American while her parents are White, have any relevance to efforts to engage interfaith families in Jewish life and community? I’m […]

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How We’re Alienating Our Youth

As the new managing editor at InterfaithFamily, I want our blog to be a place where our readers can find out about the “interfaith conversation” that’s happening when it happens in the Jewish and secular media. Yesterday, 21-year-old Rachel Cohen wrote an informed piece on The Daily Beast, “Why Jews Should Stop Worrying About Intermarriage,” […]

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Intermarriage and The Future Of American Jewry

Review of The Vanishing American Jew: In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century by Alan Dershowitz and Embracing the Stranger: Intermarriage and the Future of the American Jewish Community by Ellen Jaffe McClain, both of which

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Effort to Embrace Believers, from Burma to Uganda, Gains Steam

Reprinted editorial suggesting that, with Jewish population declines in the US and Israel, “lost Jews”–observant “Mosaic” communities in far-out places are “a large, untapped demographic and spiritual resevoir for

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How Can We Solidify Families’ with Interfaith Marriages Commitment to Israel?

Opinion from an intermarried Jewish woman living in Europe talking about the links she sees between European anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, and the importance of educating and actively engaging non-Jewish spouses in Jewish communal affairs, including

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Turning Swords into Plowshares

An opinion/editorial article discussing modern America’s view of Judaism and how some people wrongly believe that American Jews have lost their Jewish identities.

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