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Laugh of the Day...

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00am
From the Accidental Talmudist

 

SHNOOKS! is our series of fresh takes on classic Jewish jokes. In this episode, three clergymen are interviewed at an interfaith conference...

 

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Words are weapons of peace in Jewish-Arab dialogue groups

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c

 

Interacting with ‘the other’ can create a path toward reconciliation and mutual understanding, say leaders of a range of groups with similar goals.

On November 1, 2018, the Interfaith Encounter Association inaugurated its 100th dialogue group in Israel. This wasn’t headline news, but for founder and executive director Yehuda Stolov, it was another stepping stone on the path to peace.

The IEA is one of several organizations facilitating dialogue among people from all sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Mosque in Ilford steps in to put on Holocaust exhibition

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 12:00am
By Simon Rocker for TheJC

Event about Muslims who saved Jews finds venue after Golders Green Islamic centre pulled out

(England) An exhibition about Albanian Muslims who saved Jews during the Second World War which was cancelled by an Islamic centre in Golders Green was hosted by a mosque in Ilford on Sunday.

Bashir Chaudhry, chairman of the Muslim Community Centre, said the exhibition was an “eye-opener” and he would encourage others to see it.

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Choosing Jewish Life – Fostering Jewish Peoplehood

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:00am
By Jane Larkin for The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education

 

Six months ago, I began teaching a premarital class to intrafaith and interfaith couples being married by clergy at my synagogue. The impetus for the class was the increasing disaffiliation and disconnection of Jewish young adults from Jewish life.

Regardless of whether couples were endogamous or interfaith, we believed that marriage presented an opportunity to influence their religious engagement. We felt that this relationship stage provided us with the chance to effect faith related choices, something especially important as we sought to encourage more interfaith couples to participate in Judaism.

 

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IFF Parenting Series, Lesson 3 - MAKING A MENSCH

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:00am
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily.com 


Recently, InterFaith Family began a wonderful parenting email series. In addition to receiving emails, you may also sign up for their private Facebook Group. It is a place where parents (and prospective parents) in interfaith families can ask questions, share resources, support one another, etc.

 

To sign up, visit here.

 

Interfaith Families Increasingly Jewish

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00am
By STEWART AIN for The Jewish Week


Palm Beach County finds two-thirds of such couples raising Jewish children.


At the same time the rate of intermarriage among non-Orthodox Jews continues to rise, so does the percentage of such couples who are raising their children as Jews, according to Jewish population surveys conducted in recent years.

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Tu Bishvat

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am

This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily.com 


For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit Jvillage Network's Tu Bishvat Guide. 


Tu Bishvat and some of the other smaller holidays—Sukkot, Shavuot, Purim—can be great ways to introduce Jewish partners to the beauty of Judaism. Every winter, just as we start to think about spring, a minor holiday comes along. Minor enough that not all of us know what it means or how it came to be. The resources on this page can help you and your family learn about the wonder of Tu Bishvat.

The upcoming dates for Tu Bishvat are:

Beginning at sundown on: January 20, 2019; February 9, 2020; January 28, 2021.

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With Intermarriage Endorsement, Rabbi Hopes To Start ‘Grass Roots’ Movement

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am
By Ari Feldman for The Forward
 

A synagogue in Virginia has issued a statement saying it’s in favor of Conservative rabbis presiding at interfaith weddings even though the movement still officially bans the practice.

In a Facebook post, the synagogue’s rabbi said that its board had voted to allow its clergy to marry a Jewish person to a non-Jewish person, but only when the movement formally allows its rabbis to do so. That means the vote and the statement are symbolic.

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