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Growing Inclusivity

Ed Case’s interfaith news roundup

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How We Found the Right Synagogue for Us

How one family decided which synagogue to join and send their daughter to religious school

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Finding Your Officiant

One of the first decisions a couple has to make in planning for their wedding ceremony is who will officiate.  When planning a Jewish wedding incorporating multiple faith backgrounds, you have a number of options as to who can be your officiant. You may choose to have solely Jewish clergy (a rabbi or cantor—for the […]

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The Flip-Side: Positive News About Interfaith Marriage

This post originally appeared on www.edumundcase.com and is reprinted with permission. Alongside the negative comment about officiation in the Conservative world, there has been some positive commentary and news about officiation and interfaith marriage. Leave it to Rabbi Keara Stein, director of InterfaithFamily/Los Angeles, to provide a much-needed perspective on how rabbis asked to officiate are actually helping interfaith couples. […]

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Courage and Innovation: And at 80, Rabbi Harold Schulweis Plans to Keep Going

Reprinted profile of Rabbi Harold Schulweis, a religious innovator in “ethical behavior in modern Jewish life” who was the pulpit rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom for 35 years, including Q & A and quotations about him.

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Our Gay, Interfaith Family’s Surprising Synagogue-Shopping Experience

By Liat Katz “A Y A M,” She writes. “Um, Maya, I think you wrote your name backwards,” I respond. “Nope, it’s just in Hebrew,” the 6-year-old says. Maya is learning to read and write in English, while also learning Hebrew at our synagogue’s Sunday school. That makes it confusing. And she’s left-handed too, which […]

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Breast Cancer and An Unexpected Spiritual Journey

By Melissa K. Rosen, Director of National Outreach for Sharsheret I went to Shabbat services this morning for the first time in months. My long absence wasn’t an intentional decision. In fact, I only became aware of the “decision” recently. A cancer diagnosis affects so much more than you think it will. Of course I expected the […]

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Advice from the Other Side: How We Planned Our Jewish, Catholic, Spanish Wedding

By Sarah Martinez Roth Photos by Celia D. Luna Weddings How We Met Growing up Catholic, I knew I wanted to marry a man of faith; however, when I met Jonathan, I realized maybe things were not so black and white, and maybe faith in God was what I was searching for. Jonathan and I met […]

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Weddings Speak To All of Us…And We’re Listening

Recently I attended a long-time friend’s Conservative Jewish wedding, and the event found me reflecting on my own interfaith wedding, now ten years in the past. The  wedding took place in the Conservative synagogue she’d attended since her bat mitzvah, a large, well-appointed synagogue outside a major East-Coast city. The ceremony started in the traditional […]

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The Message I Wish I Heard in Hebrew School

By Emily Waife I’m Emily, the summer intern at InterfaithFamily/Boston! I thought I would kick off my internship by sharing a story about my family. I grew up in a Conservative synagogue. Every Saturday morning, my mom, sister and I would attend Shabbat services. I learned the prayers and the meanings behind them at the […]

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