I’m Trying to Figure Out How to Raise a Jewish Kid as a Woman Who is Not Jewish

By Elizabeth Raphael 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. 2015 was a year of change for me, facilitated largely by the birth of my lovely dumpling of a daughter in February. […]

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Honey Zimsterne “Star” Cookies

Food pathways show the influence on recipes from region to region and neighbor to neighbor. In Germany, a recipe for gingerbread men was adapted and adopted by Eastern European Jews to make Zimsterne, or “star” cookies to be served at the end of Shabbat after Havdalah services. Containing the spices found in the Bisomim box used […]

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Celebrating Holidays as Interfaith Co-Parents

A newly separated queer mom negotiates holidays with her ex

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Judaism through Food and Crafts

Recently, my family and I attended a “Sunday in the Park with Bagels” event sponsored by Big Tent Judaism, which appeared to be a consortium of Reconstructionist and Reform Jewish organizations, including InterfaithFamily. I didn’t research the event beforehand and didn’t know what to really expect. Bagels were a great selling point, of course! But I […]

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Raising Strong Girls, Telling the Purim (and Passover) Stories

Before I had daughters, I had a pretty clear idea of how I wanted to raise them.  I had been raised with what I considered exceptional feminist ideals, and I planned to do a knock-out job of solidifying my future daughters’ self-image as strong, powerful human beings who could do anything they wanted, for whom […]

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Be Courageous

An email from the family in charge of leading the discussion for the next fourth-grade book club landed in my inbox. It said the selection for this month’s meeting was Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. An appropriate choice since we were about to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Some parents […]

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A Halloween Postscript: Why Opposition to Trick-or-Treating Won’t Strengthen Jewish Identity

I didn’t intend to write a post-Hallowen blog. To be honest, Halloween isn’t something that is big in my family. I’m not a costume or candy person, and neither is my husband. While our son Sammy enjoys trick-or-treating in our neighborhood, it isn’t something that he wants to do every year. This year we weren’t […]

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Hamantaschen with Nutella, Banana, Applesauce & More

Try out these modern hamantaschen recipes with ingredients like Nutella, applesauce and more.

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St. Patrick’s Day Meets Purim

This year is particularly exciting on the interfaith front regarding Purim and St. Patrick’s Day, as they coincide within one day. St. Patrick’s Day is Monday, March 17, as always and Purim starts the evening of Saturday, March 15. I see some green bagels in town, which is not quite the same as a fine […]

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How an Interfaith Wedding Couple Made Me Think About Queen Esther’s Marriage

A couple of months ago I officiated at the wedding of a wonderful couple—the bride was Jewish and the groom was Christian. Several days after the wedding, I received the following email from the bride, Susan (not her real name): Rabbi, I have a question for you about Purim. Esther married the king, who wasn’t […]

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