Helen opening a door

We Aren’t as Different as My Neighbors Think

Why my American-Jewish-Mexican-Catholic family confuses our neighbors

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Rabbi Jillian at age 6

It’s Not My Face that Makes Me Jewish

Rabbi Jillian weighs in on not “looking Jewish”

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How Jewish Am I?

By Nicole Rodriguez I am Jewish. I identify as being Jewish. Well, actually, I identify as being Jew-ish. I was born Jewish, but was raised in a non-observant home. No synagogue, no bat mitzvah and no serious Jewish boyfriend (yet?) to help me learn about Judaism and Jewish culture. We did have the occasional tradition […]

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The Jewish Mother Thing

I remember standing with a few friends after my oldest son was born. We were talking, as new mothers do, about how hard parenting can be, how scary. We were comparing neurotic-helicopter-mom moments, laughing at ourselves. I shared a story about taking my son to the doctor when he seemed to have a fever. “His […]

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Do I Need to Censor the Word “Jeez?”

My 9-year-old son, Sammy, was bursting to tell me something after his robotics class the other day. I assumed it was about his class activities, so I was surprised when the first thing he told me was this: “I was working with my partner to design something in a computer program and I made a […]

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Our Cultural Knapsack

Hi–it’s Chris here. Following a Facebook link early last week, I reach this article which discusses a “Jewish” style of conversation which the author of the study refers to as “cooperative overlapping,” and which I and many other people who are not Jewish–and, I’m sure, a lot of Jews who don’t practice this conversational style–would call […]

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You Can’t Possibly be Jewish? (Stereotypes that Lurk in the Uneducated Mind)

A woman recalls a lifetime of Jewish stereotypes and finally decides to speak out.

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Why We’re Talking About Princesses: Long Island

Since the new Bravo reality show Princesses: Long Island began a few weeks ago, many blogs have popped up in the Jewish and secular media berating the show and the network for its portrayal of Long Island Jewish women. The bloggers’ responses range from horror to amused disgust to acceptance. JTA has a whole guide […]

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Can Stereotypes Be Helpful?

A writer explores the value of Jewish stereotypes and Catholic stereotypes.

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The Interfaith Couple in Meet the Parents

Review of Ben Stiller?s portrayal of Greg Focker in the comedy?Meet the Parents.

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