How Jewish Am I?

By Nicole Rodriguez I am Jewish. I identify as being Jewish. Well, actually, I identify as being Jew-ish. I was born Jewish, but was raised in a non-observant home. No synagogue, no bat mitzvah and no serious Jewish boyfriend (yet?) to help me learn about Judaism and Jewish culture. We did have the occasional tradition […]

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This Is What I’ll Miss Doing with My Daughter When I Go Back to Work

By Samantha Taylor For the past two years, my daughter and I have been taking Mommy and Me classes at the local JCC. We took art, music and gardening. We loved all of it. We had fun and we made friends. It was fantastic. Every week, I heard other moms talking about taking their kids […]

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Please, Just Call My Son Jewish

Please, just call my son Jewish

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Why Go to Israel

As we prepare to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, I find myself thinking about the land of milk and honey. I’m not dreaming of pita and falafel, or gaga or any of the other activities at my community’s Israel Independence Day celebration. I’m thinking about why travel to Israel is important. I’ve got this on my mind […]

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Don’t Call Me Half-Jewish

The child of a Jewish father and mother who is not Jewish responds to the way the Jewish community treats him.

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An Interfaith Relationship – A Blessing or Curse?

A young woman’s take on what it is like to be Jewish in an interfaith relationship.

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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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You and Israel: It’s Complicated

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to go to Israel on a Birthright trip, this is for you.

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When Children Raise Jewish Parents

Personal narrative from a non-Jew who’s struggling with the decision to have a bris and reluctant to give up Christmas.

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A “Half-Jew” in Israel

A personal narrative about an American woman who felt fully Jewish during a trip to Israel, but was rejected from a scholarship for a return trip because her mother was not Jewish.

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