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I Want My Kids to Feel “Jewish Enough”

Anna doesn’t want her kids to struggle with feeling Jewish enough, like she did

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Why Do I Worry My Daughter Won’t Fit In?

It’s ballet class, not religious school–so why am I worried what they’ll think of us?

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The Tree Strikes a Chord Like No Other

Recently, my colleague in Los Angles posted a question that piqued my interest on her personal Facebook page: “Did any of my Jewish professional friends grow up with a Christmas tree?” I knew where she was going with this. She was betting that a number of rabbis and Jewish educators had grown up in an […]

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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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Sending My Daughter to Jewish Preschool Reconnected Me with My Roots

By Rebecca Rolland My daughter Sophie will be 3 this November. My husband Philippe and I have decided to let her start half-day preschool (she’s begged). Still, we’re late starting to look at options. I can’t settle on anything, and as a doctoral student in education, I fear my knowledge of the research—my vise-grip on “how […]

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Baby Blessings

?Wait a minute, I don?t bless my own food before eating. I guess if that?s something I want my kids to do, I?d better start doing it.?

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Beyond the December Dilemma: I Do!

Personal narrative in which engaged couple negotiates over what kind of ceremony and officiant to have. She, an agnostic, wants no mention of God. He, a Jew, wants a rabbi and a Jewish wedding ceremony.  They find a “Humanist-leaning rabbi”

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Everything I Know About Being Bad I Learned in Hebrew School

Personal narrative from a woman who rebelled against her Orthodox upbringing by leaving home, eating non-kosher food and dating non-Jews.

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Conservative Body Extends Hand to the Intermarried

Reprinted news article about the efforts of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs to make the Conservative movement more inclusive and accepting of interfaith families, focusing on the booklet  “Building the Faith:  A Book of Inclusion

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The Elephant in the Room

Personal narrative about a Jewish woman in love with a Catholic man who didn’t see how they could reconcile their religious differences.  Ultimately, the man agreed to raise their future kids as Jews.

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