Chinese lanterns

1 Family, 4 New Year Celebrations, 0 Resolutions

Until this year, it never even occurred to me that four celebrations to observe one phenomenon—the passage of time—could be considered, well, a lot. And it’s kind of confusing to boot, especially for my 5-year-old, whose birthday just happens to fall on January 1st.

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Being Jewish (and Buddhist and Christian and Chinese)

By Amourence Lee A good story is supposed to have a beginning, middle and end, right? Well, this story about being Jewish only has a beginning. Yep, I’m Jewish. Exactly 50% Ashkenazi according to my genome. And Jewish law says I’m 100 percent because my mother is Jewish—which also makes my kids Jewish. I spent […]

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Traditions are Languages, Too

Traditions are languages, too. Or at least, this is what my six-year-old daughter Laurel would have me believe. This week, I opened up her teacher’s monthly newsletter, scanning, as usual, for mentions of my own child. The final page usually includes what Laurel calls “jokes,” except they’re actually words “out of the mouths of babes” which […]

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Easy Shabbat Ginger Sesame Roast Chicken

When I say “Shabbat Dinner” what comes to mind? For me, it always connotes roast chicken. While roasting a whole chicken can seem complicated and time consuming, I promise you’ll find that it’s not, and there are easy ways to upgrade Grandma’s recipe for today’s taste buds. My grandmother Sylvia, who I’m named for, was […]

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Dont Think of Me as Different–Im Not

Personal narrative from a fifth grade Jewish girl who was born in China and gets a bit annoyed when people give her weird looks for being a Chinese Jew.

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International Adoption and Interfaith Families

Article featuring interviews with several interfaith families who have adopted children from Asia and how these children feel about their cultural and religious identity.

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A Mother’s Pride

Personal narrative from the mother of an adopted Asian girl talking about watching her daughter take part in temple services.

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Kreplach and Wontons: Asian-American Havurah Helps Blend Two Cultures, Traditions

Reprinted news article about Jewish families with adopted Asian children, and how they raise their cihldren with a strong Jewish identity, as well as knowledge and respect for the culture of their birth parents.?

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Dual Identity, Double the Questions: It’s Not Easy Being Jewish and Chinese

Article on Asian children growing up in Jewish families and the challenges they face reconciling their dual identities.

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Jewish Moms, Chinese Daughters

News article on the collision of two phenomena: older Jewish women wanting children, and girls orphaned by China’s one-baby social policy.

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