Why We Say Yes to the Easter Invite

The phone rang and I heard my dad’s apprehensive voice. “Hi Sarah. I have a bit of a strange question for you. We are thinking ahead about Easter and we would like to have everyone over for brunch and an Easter egg hunt. We would of course love to have you there, but we know […]

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You’re Raising Them What? Telling Your Parents You are Raising Jewish Kids

A Protestant man describes how he and his Jewish wife prepared to tell his parents that they planned to raise Jewish kids, but they still really wanted his parents’ help in raising them.

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Two Sons (One Circumcised and One Not), a Scottish Presbyterian Husband, and Me (the Jewish Mother)

Personal narrative from a Modern Orthodox woman married to a Scottish Presbyterian on the complicated reasons why one son is circumcized and the other isn?t.

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The Conversations We Should be Having

…with Grandparents with Grandchildren of Interfaith Marriages   By Rabbi Richard Address, D. Min.  In my travels to congregations and Jewish organizations for Jewish Sacred Aging, many issues seem to emerge organically in discussions of family dynamics. More often than not, concerns about caregiving and end-of-life issues are quickly raised. Not unusually, as situations get unpacked, […]

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What (I Hope) My Interfaith Marriage Taught My Parents

I’ve been married for 14 years and with my husband who is not Jewish for 16. I’ve always wanted to believe that in that time my mom and stepfather have grown in their willingness to learn about, and be accepting of all kinds of differences introduced into our family through marriages, children and my siblings’ […]

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A Jewish Grandmother and Her Catholic Grandchildren: A Love Story

For the past eight-and-a-half years, I’ve been the rabbi of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai (TMKC). It’s a small community with a close-knit group of congregants.  During our Friday night Shabbat service each week, we have Simcha Time: when people are invited to come up to the bimah and share about birthdays, anniversaries and other good news. […]

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Using My Words

I type this while holding a squirmy, feverish 3-month-old in my lap. Shh, shh, shh, I tell him. It’s OK, just relax and rest bubbeleh. I rub his back and pull him closer, patting his head, whispering, “Just lay your keppe down on mommy’s shoulder.” He has no idea what I’m really saying, but the […]

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Passover in Morocco, Iceland and Beyond

Growing up with a dad who was a Navy pilot, my family celebrated Jewish holidays in some pretty far-flung places around the world. We gathered with other Jewish military families or new Jewish friends in whatever country we happened to be living in. Seders were lovely, multi-cultural and welcoming. In Morocco, we sang Passover songs […]

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The Twelve Days of Interfaith Holidays

With not quite 12 days between Hanukkah and Christmas this year (depending on just how you count), I thought I would dedicate this post to that persistently ambitious Christmas carol (which also has more than one Hanukkah-themed version). In no particular order, here are some memorable moments from this December’s interfaith holiday season: 1.  Learning […]

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The Blue Christmas Heart

Deciding to divorce during the December holidays created a very difficult few weeks for these parents.

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