Kristin reading from the Torah

How I Came to Embrace My Important Role in Judaism

Why my role as a Japanese American convert to Judaism is invaluable

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Using Thanksgiving Leftovers the Next Day for Hanukkah

Reprinted general information about Thanksgiving recipes that can double as Hanukkah fare, including Tzemmes, Pumpkin, and raison dishes.

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Kitniyot at the Table: Why I Can’t Just Breath a Sigh of Relief

Recently, two important Conservative rabbinic opinions came down that probably rang out strongly with their followers. For the rest of us,the announcement quietly gathered steam until it called out across the masses in the weeks leading up to Passover: the Rabbis declared kitniyot (Hebrew for legumes) as Kosher for Passover.  In what felt like overnight to […]

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Jewish Genes: Are They in Our DNA or in Our Stories?

Where are you from? It seems an innocent enough question. But as our families become more and more diverse, the answer can get wonderfully complicated. Recently at a “Saturdays Unplugged” event at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco, I asked attendees about their ancestry and invited them to place pins in a world map marking […]

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Naming William

A mom explains Jewish baby-naming customs as she explains how she and her husband chose their baby’s name.

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The Case of the Missing Sav, and other mysteries in the transition of American Hebrew

When I was a child, I was confused. Why was did my mother talk about how she had a Bas Mitzvah, while I prepared for my Bat Mitzvah? Why was the way my father pronounced Hebrew different from the way we learned it in Hebrew school?

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Coping with Canavan Disease

Children of interfaith families can still suffer Ashkenazi Jewish genetic diseases, as does the child in this story.

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Choosing Your Child’s Name: Finding a Way to Honor the Traditions of Both of Your Families

Professional view from an outreach director about the tradition of baby naming in Judaism and how to integrate a non-Jewish parents’ heritage into the process.

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How We Raise Children in Our Chinese-Jewish Family

The personal narrative of a Jewish man who is married to an Oriental woman and is teaching his children about all of their heritage, speaking to them in Yiddish and Cantonese.

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