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The Cure for My Pregnancy Anxiety

Pregnancy anxiety: What’s prayer got to do with it?

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Charting a New Course

We live in a world filled with hate. It seems as each new day dawns, we are reminded of this very concept. Charlottesville, Paris, London, France, Spain, the list continues to grow. Even my beloved alma mater, The Ohio State University, a college with a diverse student population of nearly 60,000 is not immune. Can […]

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Going Custom: Writing Our Own Interfaith Ceremony

Going Custom: Writing Our Own Interfaith Ceremony

After my latest blog post on finding officiants for our Jewish-Catholic interfaith wedding, I got questions from both friends and fans about what the actual ceremony would look like. We had started a draft but needed to tie up some details, so we weren’t ready to share. I didn’t really think about it much in […]

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Ten Tips to Enliven the Seder: Ways to Delay That Fifth Question

Reprinted professional advice on how to make a Passover seder, fun, engaging, and spiritual for both kids and adults.

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writing our own haggadah

Writing Our Own Haggadah

Personal narrative about a woman in an interfaith marriage who writes a hagaddah with friends so that she, her husband and their friends will all feel comfortable with the seder

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Where Might Interfaith Families Find Welcoming Jewish Communities?

This post originally appeared on www.edumundcase.com and is reprinted with permission News in the past few weeks highlights the issue of where interfaith families might find genuinely welcoming Jewish communities. First, I was so pleased to learn that Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman and Peter Bregman are being honored by Romemu, a thriving emerging spiritual community in Manhattan […]

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The Gift Of An Inclusive and Welcoming Community

I met my friend Tracie at an interfaith moms event at my synagogue. She was friendly, and we bonded over her husband and in-laws being from the same part of New Jersey as me. Tracie immediately got involved and eventually joined the interfaith moms’ leadership team. Tracie was raised Christian but was raising Jewish children […]

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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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Why a Raisin Has Never Tasted So Good

I always spend some time as Rabbi in Residence at Camp Tawonga in California each summer, and it is always a highlight of my year. Camp’s Jewish theme changes each time, and this year we are focusing on the word from Torah “Hineni,” which means “I am present.” Many biblical heroes, notably Moses at the […]

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Many Paths Up the Mountain

In college, I was a Jewish representative on the student Multi-Faith Council. I have always been fascinated by other religious traditions, cultures and belief systems, while feeling strongly rooted and passionate about my own. Like many in the more liberal branches of religion, I do not believe that Judaism is the one right religion, but […]

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