Gathering Inclusiveness at the Seder Table

At an interfaith seder in memory of a dear friend, Jamie is amazed by the inclusivity of her friends

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When a Major Jewish Holiday Clashes With a Major Family Wedding

By Debra Lynn Shelton My cousin is getting married on Yom Kippur. And her dress rehearsal is on Kol Nidre. Yes, you read that right. So, what’s a good relative to do? Apparently when she and her non-Jewish fiancé scheduled their most special event, they had no idea the date coincided with the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. […]

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Why Be Jewish Today?

Anti-Semitic acts have been happening in our country every day for the past couple of months. And every day I get asked the same question, “Why should I be Jewish?” To be Jewish is to accept the challenges along with the joys. To have Jewish heritage is to be born into a club of which […]

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A Thank-You Note to My Mother-In-Law

My mother-in-law’s email about Christmas gifts for her was simple: “Have composed an extensive ‘Wish List’ on Amazon for those who might be looking for ideas!” When I logged onto her list, I found her typical requests for puzzles and small housewares mixed in with requests for items such as “a picture of the three […]

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I’m Finally Dating Again Post-Divorce… But He’s Not Jewish

By Stacey Zisook Robinson Editor’s note: This author describes difficulty finding a rabbi to officiate her wedding in Chicago. We urge couples to utilize our free rabbi referral service, available here. If you are in the Chicago area, or any of our InterfaithFamily/Your Community areas, our rabbi/directors can help guide you. I’m dating. Again. Post-divorce, […]

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The Day My Mom Told Me to #ChooseLove

My parents and extended family have always supported my own interfaith family. There are many ways they have said or shown this to me.  When I think about when I knew it would be OK for me to bring home a partner who wasn’t Jewish, I always remember one specific conversation. I can’t remember exactly when this […]

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Her Tune, Her Way: Reflections on our First Year of Sunday School

Driving home from school the other day, Ruthie began singing “Ma Tovu” to herself in the back seat. She repeated it a couple of times alone, and then I decided to try to sing it back to her. But after I got the first two lines out of my mouth, she stopped me. “No, Mommy,” […]

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Why I #ChooseLove: In Sickness & In Health

I’ve been absent from the IFF blog for the past month or so, dealing with some health issues that kept me a bit too busy for wedding planning—or reflecting. While I’ve dealt with doctor’s appointments and missed deadlines at work, I’ve had a mental image of a calendar with pages flying by—each representing a day […]

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Choosing Love Was About Them, Not Us

Despite the fact that they loved her boyfriend, Tami’s parents weren’t OK with her dating him. But through lots of communication, they came to choose love and supported the couple’s union.

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Reconciliation: Embracing a Gay Interfaith Relationship

It’s hard enough for straight people to deal with a new relationship. Tack on the challenges of society’s disavowal of gay relationships, and pile on an interfaith existence, and you have the recipe for a great challenge.

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