Proud to be LGBTQI and Interfaith

Rabbi Mychal Copeland served as director of IFF/Bay Area until June, 2017 and is now the rabbi at Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. When I met my first girlfriend at 22 years old, I fell head over heels. My mind was swirling for at least a year—processing how this person would change my life, when and […]

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Halacha Unplugged, Part 1 – The Bris: Which Parent Makes a Child Jewish?

Is it the spirit of the law or the letter of the law that counts the most? “Your kids aren’t Jewish because your wife is not Jewish,” my friend said to me over coffee recently. I laughed so hard that my coffee spilled. “What’s so funny?” she asked. “I know that you totally did not […]

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When Interfaith Meets Same-Sex, Assumptions Get Challenged

When one mother in an interfaith, lesbian couple is Jewish, should Judaism’s matrilineal descent be taken for granted?

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How Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes Skated under the “Jewish Radar”

Profile on?Sarah Hughes, an Olympic figure skater who was not reported as a Jew until well after the Olympic games. The author also explores how the media determines who is Jewish and who is not.

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Conservative Jews and Intermarriage: A New Resource

Book review of Let’s Talk about it:  A Book of Support and Guidence for Families Experiencing Intermarriage and for Synagogue Leadership, describing the Conservative movement’s stance and thoughts on intermarriage and interfaith families&

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The Truth About Matrilineal Descent

Scholarly article that argues there’s no rational basis for matrilineal descent, even in the Torah.

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