Posts Tagged: interfaith

Life of Pi: True Interfaith Lessons



by Rabbi Donald Kunstadt Debating what movie to watch Saturday night, I was glad we did not follow A. O. Scott’s review in the New York Times of Life of Pi. IMBD rated it quite highly, so we went with that opinion. I am certainly thankful we went with the latter. Having studied religion at […]

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Galilee Diary: Interfaith II



And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Israelite people saying: When any of you or of your posterity who are defiled by a corpse or are on a long journey [on the date of Passover, the 14th of the first month] would offer a Passover sacrifice to the Lord, they shall offer […]

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Galilee Diary: Interfaith



I think the Jewish question is no more a social than a religious one, notwithstanding that it sometimes takes these and other forms. It is a national question, which can only be solved by making it a political world-question to be discussed and settled by the civilized nations of the world in council. -Theodore Herzl, […]

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The Gift of a Real Jewish Wedding



by Ellen S. Glazer Several years ago I had a running buddy who was a rabbi. We covered many miles together and many topics, among them his beliefs about interfaith weddings. As a member of the Conservative Movement, he said he would not perform interfaith marriages because he felt that Jews should be married in […]

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18+ Ways to Welcome and Support Interfaith Families



Want to create a culture that embraces, supports and encourages Jewish choice for interfaith families in your synagogue? Here are 18+ ways, from easy to advanced, that your congregation can begin and continue. Order and display the Union for Reform Judaism brochures “Intermarried? Reform Judaism Welcomes You” and “An Introduction to Sanctuary Etiquette.” Include the […]

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Blessings Beyond Borders: An Interfaith Tale



by Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz Last Saturday evening I was given an opportunity to be part of a truly wonderful celebration – the Sweet 16 party of a very special young woman. As I explained to the guests gathered there that evening, this was an evening of firsts for me.  We don’t really make much of […]

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Opening Our Gates



Just before Shavuot, The New York Jewish Week published a piece from Editor Gary Rosenblatt about “the dangerous fissures in Jewish life today,” namely conversations about who is and is not a Jew. In “Ruth’s Conversion Would Be Rejected Today,” Rosenblatt writes, I can’t help but think that if Ruth lived under the current Chief […]

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The Conversation We Should Have…



I knew a woman whose husband was having trouble getting work. He was offered a position quite far from home, but times were tough so they took their two sons and moved. The family did well, the boys grew and married, and life moved forward. Unfortunately, the husband became ill and died. Shortly after that, […]

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Stimulating Creative Thinking in Our Congregations



The URJ is proud to announce the 20 Reform congregations across North America that will receive a prestigious Incubator Grant. Incubator Grants provide up to $5,000 in seed funding for innovative projects to actively engage more people in Reform synagogue life. This year’s call for proposals stimulated creative thinking in three main areas: creating a culture that supports […]

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Was a Rabbi at Mark Zuckerberg’s Interfaith Wedding?



by Rabbi Evan Moffic Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had a big week. He took his $100 billion company public and got married. As a full-time rabbi and part-time Facebook user, I’m more interested in the latter event. Mark is Jewish. His wife is not. Was Judaism a part of his wedding? Was a rabbi there? I hope so. […]

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Settler Violence Comes to the City



When the founders of modern Zionism hoped that having a country of their own would make Jews like all other nations, they didn’t think that the Jews would adopt any of the despicable traits of the anti-Semites among whom they lived in dispersion. The aim of Zionism was not only to liberate the Jews from […]

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Pastor at a Yizkor Service



by Mark Wendel My Rabbi motions me to come up to the bemah. I am reading a Psalm in front of the congregation. The week before we were worshiping in a church I had actually looked forward to being in a church – the first time in decades. I remember Dad reading Psalms in front […]

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Becoming a Jewish Family



by Pat Whitlock “So, how many children do you want?”  Not an unusual question for a man to ask his girlfriend when he is beginning to think about a future with her.  However, when I heard this question, it came from the cute, industrious Israeli I had been dating for about six months and I […]

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Having a conversation with the non-Jewish spouse



by Rabbi Brian I. Michaelson It was Yom Kippur morning.  I had just sat down after doing the blessing of the non-Jewish spouse and introducing the Haftarah portion.  As I sat, I kept thinking about the fact that we have done the blessing of the non-Jewish spouse for a number of years and I know […]

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