I Do! A Jewish Premarital Counseling Program

Professional view article from a?program developer?about I Do, a Jewish Family Services?premarital class devised to help interfaith couples?prepare their?relationship?and themselves spiritually, emotionally, and logistical

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Now What?

You just spent several hours or days in the hospital giving birth to your child or, in our case, several months going through your whirlwind adoption. But the moment you have long awaited is here: You are finally home. You left the house as two, but returned with three. For those of us as first […]

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Why Be Jewish Today?

Anti-Semitic acts have been happening in our country every day for the past couple of months. And every day I get asked the same question, “Why should I be Jewish?” To be Jewish is to accept the challenges along with the joys. To have Jewish heritage is to be born into a club of which […]

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Make the Most of this Valentine’s Day

I have not posted here in a little while. In part, because the business of life has caught up with me, and, in part, because in the midst of huge changes in this country, inspiration is not coming as quickly. But I can’t miss a chance to embrace this Valentine’s Day.   You may call […]

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How to Pick an Interfaith-Friendly Synagogue

By Jordyn Rozensky When I asked my partner who is not Jewish if we could start visiting synagogues in hopes of finding a formal Jewish home for our worship and community, he agreed immediately.  His first step was to clear Sundays on his calendar—until I reminded him that while church meets on Sundays, Shabbat services […]

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Fielding Questions about the Wedding & Our Life Together

The decision to get married inevitably invites inquiry. How did you meet? What is the proposal story? Can I see the ring? Have you set a date? The decision to proceed with an interfaith marriage invites it even more so. For example, in response to an earlier blog where I shared news of our recent […]

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My Catholic Boyfriend Moves In

In post-divorce life, it occurred to me that it had been over 13 years since the last time I went on a date. Not only did I have no idea what I was doing in this new life, but the rules had changed. Online dating was the norm, and as a busy mom of two […]

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But WHY Mommy? Why?

If you’re a parent, there’s always those questions you know your kids are going to ask you at various ages and stages that you mostly want to avoid. Things like “where do babies come from?” “What’s sex?” and “Have you ever tried drugs?” I think over the years I’ve done a pretty good job at […]

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Five Observations

Below are five observations from working with interfaith families that may get our hearts racing and hopefully prompt respectful discussion: 1. Language matters. God created the world with words, “Let there be light…and there was…” The rabbis said that to embarrass someone is to kill their soul—to bring blood to their face. The same word […]

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Don’t let the Weather Fool You, It’s Time to Think Camp

While many people have apple cider and pumpkins, and maybe even turkey and holiday gifts on their mind, I’m thinking about camp. Part of why I have camp on the brain is that I just watched the American Camp Association’s 2009 video “Because of Camp.” My overnight camp posted it on Facebook. How I, a […]

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