#WelcomeWaffleWednesday

For the past couple months, as I’ve settled into our office space at the San Francisco Federation building on Steuart Street, I’ve been surprised by how few Federation employees knew where we were. Since InterfaithFamily is an organization of welcoming and love, I decided this needed to change. We began by re-envisioning our space. Where […]

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Blessings: Immersion in the Mikveh for Conversion

The blessings said when immersing in a mikveh for the purposes of converting to Judaism.

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The Bathroom Is My New Synagogue

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the bathroom lately. Let me explain: We’re potty training our twins. This past weekend I was in the bathroom every 20 minutes begging, pleading, praying for my kiddos to use the potty. We didn’t always leave that room excited and hopeful, but when we did it was […]

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Thank You, Source of Stuff: A Gratitude Practice for Kids

When my kids were young, I introduced them to the practice of saying the Hebrew blessing, the motzi, before eating. Thank you, God, who brings forth bread from the earth. My older child instantly connected not only to the routine of the ritual but the theological aspect as well. But a few years ago, my […]

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My Dad, Elijah and the Afikomen

Spring means color. Splashing greens and yellows. Purple tulips cascading over front porches and red robins bustling in the trees. Spring also means Easter for Christians, with blue and violet painted eggs. It means Passover for the Jews. For South Americans and Mexicans it means Semana Santa (the days of Jesus’s crucifixion). For me, it […]

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InterfaithFamily/Atlanta’s Housewarming Party Photo Gallery

On Sunday, January 10, 2016, InterfaithFamily/Atlanta hosted a fabulous open house at our new office space in Ponce City Market. Over 100 Atlantans celebrated with us as we blessed our new home. After reciting the Shehecheyanu prayer, guests shared their blessings for IFF/ATL and our board member, Rebecca Hoelting, hung our new mezuzah from Atlanta’s […]

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Our Rainbow Connection

When I see a rainbow, Kermit the Frog singing “Rainbow Connection” comes to mind every time: “The lovers, the dreamers, and me…” On our family’s winter vacation we spotted an amazing rainbow running down the side of a mountain. It was truly breathtaking and left us oohing and aaahing. We were the lovers and the […]

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How Does Your Synagogue Handle Candle Lighting with Interfaith Families?

Rabbis at different synagogues answer this question about who can light candles during services

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Singing Oseh Shalom

Two tunes for the song, and blessing, Oseh Shalom, including translation and transliteration in English from the Hebrew.

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My Family’s Bedtime Sh’ma

Several years ago, I never could have predicted that as I tuck my kids in at night I would be singing to them in Hebrew. As a previously

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