Quincineara Barbie

It’s been two weeks of vacation for my family in upstate New York. Nothing but fun, sun, relaxing walks by the lake, fishing and Quinceañera Barbie. Wait…what!? Here’s how Quinceañera Barbie came into my life. My daughter Helen Rose is American, Mexican, Jewish and Catholic. The question from my Jewish-American side of the family is […]

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Sha-barbecue Cilantro, Lime & Yogurt Chicken Wings

Sha-barbecue Cilantro, Lime & (Coconut) Yogurt Chicken Wings

Gang, summer is coming to an end! We need to embrace all of its delights as much as we can, including swimming and eating as much ice cream as possible, because that’s what summer’s about, right (but also yogurt chicken wings!)? I think we should also embrace the later Shabbat start times, and one of […]

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Dear Mom, Thank You For…

Dear Mom, I know this will embarrass you (and definitely make you cry) because that’s who you are, but in the spirit of this month of Thanksgiving, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for… …saying yes when I was 7 and came home from a visit to Hebrew School and declared that I […]

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Positive News from the Millennial Children of Intermarriage Study

Theodore Sasson and his colleagues at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis released this week an important new study, Millennial Children of Intermarriage, funded by the Alan B. Slifka Foundation. The study reports that millennial children of intermarriage – born between 1981 and 1995 – are less likely than children of inmarriage […]

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In Defense of Being Both at the Lunch Table

By Jacob Weis Being raised interfaith (as I was, truly, with both Jewish and Catholic traditions and holidays) and observing two religions will inevitably lead to some confrontation with others. For me, the first time this happened was in elementary school, at the lunch table. For some reason, the kids that I have seen talk about […]

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The Temple Where I “Grew Up”

The other day I saw a rabbi I know post a YouTube link to one of my favorite versions of the prayer, Hashkiveinu. Hashkiveinu is one word in English but means, “Grant that we may lie down” in Hebrew. In Hebrew, prefixes and suffixes are attached to the word. It is a petitionary prayer to be […]

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10 Months for 2

The need to belong is part of the human condition. We all want to feel a sense of home, we seek it out, we write songs and poetry about it and we hold on for dear life when we find it. I figured out how to belong to Judaism at camp. My Jewish camp was […]

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How I Chose Judaism for My Interfaith Family

“Mom, Dad, I want to go to Hebrew School.” This was the simple phrase of 7-year-old me that changed the course of my life and the religious life of my family. When I was in second grade my best friend, Julie invited me to come with her to Hebrew School after school one day. Being […]

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Mourning My Presbyterian Mother as a Jew-by-Choice

Personal narrative of a Jew-by-choice describing her Episcopalian mother’s Catholic funeral and the confusing feelings of comfort she found in recalling childhood memories of Catholic ritual. 

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