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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Growing Up Orthodox and Coming to Terms with Interfaith Dating

Personal narrative from an Orthodox-raised college student describing how he and his friends are reacting to and trying to sort out their own convictions about?interfaith?dating at college.

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Three Denominations Under One Roof

A Reform rabbi, a Conservative rabbi and a 17-year-old Orthodox Yeshiva student sit down to eat Shabbat dinner… Sounds like the beginning of a joke, right? Well, it’s not. It was my family last Friday night. We were also joined by my two younger children. In my family, we’ve got a taste of k’lal Yisrael—the whole […]

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Let’s Stop Using the Word “Problem” When Talking About Interfaith Marriage

Recently I read two thought-provoking articles in the Jewish press: Rabbi Elliot Cosgove’s article in the New York Jewish Week, “Mikveh Can Solve Conversion Problem” and Rabbi Shaul Magid’s article in The Forward “Why Conversion Lite Won’t Fix The Intermarriage Problem.”  Like so many articles dealing with issues related to interfaith marriage, the headlines of […]

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Gratitude, Love and Life

Being stuck in a car for three hours with my mother, Adrian (my significant other) and our baby girl, Helen Rose, is just part of the beauty of Thanksgiving. I should note that being born and raised in Mexico, Adrian doesn’t know a lot about our American holiday, so I began by explaining that sitting […]

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A Mother’s Jewish Guilt

I burned myself last week. Right after Rosh Hashanah I went into the kitchen to pour hot water into a single-cup coffee filter and ended up with a pot of boiling water splashing down the right side of my body. On the week of the Jewish New Year, my 1-year-old daughter, Helen Rose, had a […]

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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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Two Faiths and Powerful Women

My daughter, Helen Rose Castaneda, wakes up one day at 10-and-a-half months old, pulls herself up in her crib and says “hola!” at the top of her lungs. “Hola, hola, hola!” This makes sense because Adrian and I speak to Helen mainly in Spanish at home. She says “hola” for an entire day and then […]

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But You’re Not Really Jewish, Right?

“But you’re not really Jewish right?” This has been a question I have been asked since I was big enough to walk. My family celebrates all of the big holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Passover to name a few. The women in my family don’t wear long skirts and the men don’t wear black […]

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This is Why Purim is the Original Interfaith Holiday

By Dana Marlowe This article was reprinted with permission from Kveller.com, a fast-growing, award-winning website for parents raising Jewish and interfaith kids. Follow Kveller on Facebook and sign up for their newsletters here. When I explain Purim to those less familiar with the holiday, I tell them it’s kind of like Jewish Halloween. Not so […]

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