Celebrating Holidays as Interfaith Co-Parents

A newly separated queer mom negotiates holidays with her ex

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Making Challah and Conversation in Philly

By the IFF/Philadelphia Team: Robyn, Wendy and Robin Challah is the yummy braided bread with which many Jews begin Shabbat dinner. For those who grew up Jewish, the smell and taste of challah often invokes fond memories of family meals. For those who didn’t grow up Jewish (along with those who did), including challah with your […]

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Make Shabbat the New Family Dinner

Family dinner can be seemingly impossible. But maybe, just maybe, we can make it happen on Shabbat

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A Halloween Postscript: Why Opposition to Trick-or-Treating Won’t Strengthen Jewish Identity

I didn’t intend to write a post-Hallowen blog. To be honest, Halloween isn’t something that is big in my family. I’m not a costume or candy person, and neither is my husband. While our son Sammy enjoys trick-or-treating in our neighborhood, it isn’t something that he wants to do every year. This year we weren’t […]

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Family Fun in Preparation for Rosh Hashanah

Family Fun in Preparation for Rosh Hashanah

I always laugh when people say “the High Holy Days are early this year” or “Rosh Hashanah is late this year.” The fact is that Rosh Hashanah occurs the same time every year—on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. It’s never really “early” or “late”—it’s just where it should be! That being […]

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Breaking Bread with the In-Laws

Last Friday night, I watched as my kids lit Shabbat candles and said the prayers at our table with my in-laws standing by. My partner’s parents are not Jewish, and I felt a deep appreciation for them in this moment. When we all met, none of us could have imagined this scene. Nearly two decades […]

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Teaching An Attitude of Gratitude

On our flight home from our Christmas visit with Cameron’s family in Vermont, I came across an article in The Wall Street Journal about raising children to appreciate things big and small, and the tangible benefits of giving thanks including a more positive outlook on life, less depression and higher GPAs. I could not help […]

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Shabbat and Havdalah

Everything you wanted to know about the weekly celebration of Shabbat (and Havdalah) in one place.

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Challah Stuffing Recipe

This vegetarian-friendly recipe gets its meatiness from mushrooms instead of turkey. And while most versions require an overnight staling of the bread, you can do the same thing in about 45 minutes in a warm oven.

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Chametz

Chametz is such a curiosity to me.  During the rest of the year, we can enjoy it in its various forms, Challah, pizza, cakes…but in the days leading up to and all through Passover, we eliminate it from our lives.  We seek it out, remove it and even burn any remaining Chametz. We replace Chametz […]

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