Q&A with IFF/Chicago’s Intern

By Jacob Weis A new college student just began his summer internship at InterfaithFamily/Chicago. Curious what he’ll be writing about? I’m here to introduce you to the blogging that you’ll see from him this summer.  “OMG there is a new intern at InterfaithFamily. I wonder what he’s like…” That’s right, and my name is Jake Weis. I […]

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Why We’re Tuning in to Kosher Soul

Here at InterfaithFamily HQ, we have heard some fascinating personal stories about balancing interfaith lives, many of which are hilarious. Clearly, Lifetime Television agrees that interfaith lives have great stories to tell as they prepare to launch their all-new docu-sitcom Kosher Soul (#KosherSoul). Premiering Wednesday, February 25, at 10p ET/PT, we hope you will join […]

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Seth Meyers is Jew-ish

Seth Meyers reveals that…he’s not Jewish! Despite what “every single Jewish person thinks,” he is not Jewish (though he does have a Jewish grandfather). In this clip from Late Night with Seth Meyers, he talks about getting married to his now wife Alexi, who is Jewish, under a chuppah, and about his in-laws who consider […]

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Kids Say the Darndest Things…

InterfaithFamily/Chicago welcomes a new staff member to our office which is located on the second floor of the Weinger Northbrook JCC. Susie Field has a child at the JCC preschool and both of her children attend JCC camps. She is herself in an interfaith family and personally interested in our mission of supporting interfaith families […]

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A Christian BFF

My 4 year-old son’s BFF is a Christian boy named Connor. The two are not only inseparable; they have been in the same daycare class since 5 months of age. I’ve been explaining to Oliver that Connor doesn’t celebrate Hanukkah. It’s been a fruitful conversation to talk about how we don’t share all of our […]

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A Jewish Tooth Fairy?

A question was asked on Ask a Rabbi, a project of . , “Is there anything in Jewish tradition about losing baby teeth? Prayers, folk stories or customs? My 6-year-old wanted to know if there is a Jewish tooth fairy.” Great question. When I think of the Tooth Fairy, I associate her/him/zir with Santa Clause […]

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Drew and Will’s Wedding

Mazal tov to Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman! They’ve made their wedding date (June 2) public. suggests the rushed wedding date is because she’s pregnant (they refer to the upcoming wedding as ), but I have  a different theory. Traditionally, the time between Passover and Shavuot is a period of semi-mourning. The period is known […]

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Key Seder Elements

A few interesting articles crossed my desk this morning, all about Passover. The Four Questions The Four Questions hold a central spot in the Passover seder. Why is this night different from other nights? Reform Judaism, the magazine for the named denomination, asks in its spring issue, “What’s your favorite language for reciting the first […]

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Gefilte Fish

We recently asked readers for their gefilte fish stories. We didn’t really say more than that, hoping for as broad a response as possible. Because, really, if there’s one odd part of the Passover seder to pick out, one bizarre element to explain to your friends and relatives who’ve never experienced a seder before, gefilte […]

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New Haggadah on The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert is getting ready for Passover. Colbert introduced the segment – an interview with author Jonathan Safran Foer – with a joke that the only Jew in the audience chuckled at (a reference to the ). But the interview itself was fun and included some good questions for the author of the . Watch […]

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