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6 Ways to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah if You’re not Attending Services

6 ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah outside synagogue

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Shabbat (with Kids) Cheat Sheet

Quick and easy how-to on celebrating Shabbat as a family

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Q&A with Anita Diamant on The Jewish Wedding Now

Q&A with Anita Diamant on The Jewish Wedding Now

Hear what Anita Diamant has to say about her new book, The Jewish Wedding Now

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Finding Shabbat When It Feels Like Shabbat is Nowhere to be Found

In a class I teach to engaged and recently married young couples, I talk about the importance of finding time to recharge, refresh and reconnect with one another. We discuss this not in the context of “date night,” but rather in the context of Shabbat. I like to point out that Shabbat is a state […]

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Why We Say Yes to the Easter Invite

The phone rang and I heard my dad’s apprehensive voice. “Hi Sarah. I have a bit of a strange question for you. We are thinking ahead about Easter and we would like to have everyone over for brunch and an Easter egg hunt. We would of course love to have you there, but we know […]

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Engaging Children in Ritual Life

Non-Orthodox institutional Judaism seems to suffer from a lack of young families – and, more importantly, young people. We might see a handful of families with pre-school aged youngsters at the first Friday “family service,” but at most Shabbat services at Sam’s synagogue, there are rarely young children other than Jack in attendance. I know Jack is […]

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The First Time I Sat Shiva–With My Baby

Sam and I have been together for almost five years, but Jewish memorial services and sitting shiva are still a new ritual for me.  Attending memorial services and shiva are a completely different experience with Jack. The first time I went to sit shiva with Sam, was about a year and a half ago. I […]

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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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Why I Officiated My Grandfather’s Funeral (Even Though I’m Not a Rabbi)

By Jared David Berezin Sometimes it’s nice to have others make minor decisions for me. I’m happy when my wife decides what we’re cooking for dinner. It’s more convenient when a friend suggests a specific date to get together. If I look in my closet and see only one pair of pants (the others being […]

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Easter

Our Nonexistent Springtime Dilemma

Easter and Passover, in my experience, don’t create the same kind of difficulties as their winter counterparts, Christmas and Hanukkah. The Easter/Passover question fails to inspire the same degree of emotion as questions over the presence or absence of a Christmas tree in an interfaith family’s home. Still, each spring my family finds a new […]

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