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How We Found the Right Synagogue for Us

How one family decided which synagogue to join and send their daughter to religious school

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Make the Most of this Valentine’s Day

I have not posted here in a little while. In part, because the business of life has caught up with me, and, in part, because in the midst of huge changes in this country, inspiration is not coming as quickly. But I can’t miss a chance to embrace this Valentine’s Day.   You may call […]

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Please Stop Asking if My Daughter’s Boyfriend Is Jewish

By Judy Mollen Walters My 22-year-old daughter is seriously involved with a wonderful guy. He’s smart, funny, kind, and they just click. He lives in England, so they only get to visit every eight weeks or so, and have been flying back and forth to each other’s countries since they met while my daughter was […]

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Sha-barbecue Cilantro, Lime & Yogurt Chicken Wings

Gang, summer is coming to an end! We need to embrace all of its delights as much as we can, including swimming and eating as much ice cream as possible, because that’s what summer’s about, right? I think we should also embrace the later Shabbat start times, and one of my favorite ways to do […]

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In Our Love Story, Timing Was Everything

It has been said that timing is everything. This belief is especially true for the evolution of my relationship with Jarrett over the last six years. I first met Jarrett in February of 2010. Our encounter was brief. I was a junior at Penn State University and out with a group of girlfriends one night. […]

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One Thing We Can’t Control

My Grandma Harriet died a few weeks ago, at the age of 95. She was beautiful, creative and could expertly apply her lipstick without a mirror. She was my favorite hug. She cooked up the yummiest tuna noodle casseroles and the tastiest matzah ball soup. She lived a long life full of family simchas (celebrations), […]

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Weddings Speak To All of Us…And We’re Listening

Recently I attended a long-time friend’s Conservative Jewish wedding, and the event found me reflecting on my own interfaith wedding, now ten years in the past. The  wedding took place in the Conservative synagogue she’d attended since her bat mitzvah, a large, well-appointed synagogue outside a major East-Coast city. The ceremony started in the traditional […]

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My Sweet Southern Reunion

I went to a small Episcopalian school in the heart of the South. It was a very homogeneous Protestant community (but not without some Jews as well) with a distinguished Southern heritage that included some families that even had family crests. The graduating class had 65 kids. Fifteen of us were Jewish. I recently attended […]

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Looking Back on Our Interfaith Wedding, One Month Later

It is hard to believe it has already been a month since our “big day.” It is finally starting to sink in. It seems that we have not stopped moving since we got married. Between the holidays, Lisa’s sister getting married, and my new employment opportunities, there has been barely a moment to sit and […]

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Shabbat Dinner at the Shore

The following is a guest blog post by Sarah & David Falk It was a cool summer day in August down at the Jersey Shore. We were renting a beach house in Bradley Beach with some friends and family for the summer. My husband, David, and his family have been coming down to Bradley Beach […]

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