Proactive Conversion as Outreach

An opinion/editorial article stressing the importance of active conversion when a Jew marries a non-Jew.

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The Identity Dance: Actress Michelle St. John Used Personal Experiences as a Jewish Indian for Her Latest Role

Article about Sherman Alexie?s film about a gay Indian poet who falls in love with a Jewish woman, The Business of Fancydancing.? The film?features actress/singer Michelle St. John who is of Jewish and Christian Indian descent.

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Why am I Jewish and Daddy isn’t?

Eventually, my son is going to notice that his cousins don?t go to Hebrew school, and that Daddy doesn?t come with us to High Holiday services. At some point he will ask about these differences.

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The Million-Dollar Question: What Makes Someone a Jew?

Review of What Makes Someone a Jew?, Lauren Seidman?s children?s book celebrating the diversity of the Jewish population.

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Between Intermarriage and Conversion: Finding a Middle Way

In this editorial, Rabbi Greenberg offers a new category between Jew and gentile:  the ger toshav;  not a convert to Judiasm, but a gentile who actively chooses to live among Jews.

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I Wish We’d Had “The Religion Talk” Before Having Kids

By Lindsey Goldstein Before my husband and I got married, we discussed how we would raise any potential children. These children were very theoretical. something I wasn’t sure I wanted. But I began to consider it, since he finally seemed to be the right person to procreate with. My husband was raised Catholic but hasn’t […]

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Proud to be LGBTQI and Interfaith

Rabbi Mychal Copeland served as director of IFF/Bay Area until June, 2017 and is the incoming rabbi at Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. When I met my first girlfriend at 22 years old, I fell head over heels. My mind was swirling for at least a year—processing how this person would change my life, when and […]

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Hybrid Identity, Every Person Counts, Shifting Boundaries and Intermarriage on TV

This post originally appeared on www.edumundcase.com and is reprinted with permission Rabbi Darren Kleinberg has written a very important essay published in eJewishPhilanthropy this week, Hybrid Judaism: The Transformation of American Jewish Identity. Kleinberg was ordained as an Orthodox rabbi in 2005 but describes himself as no longer Orthodox. He writes that identity is not a psychological […]

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What (I Hope) My Interfaith Marriage Taught My Parents

I’ve been married for 14 years and with my husband who is not Jewish for 16. I’ve always wanted to believe that in that time my mom and stepfather have grown in their willingness to learn about, and be accepting of all kinds of differences introduced into our family through marriages, children and my siblings’ […]

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Having a Yahrzeit For My Lutheran Dad

By Tara Worthey Segal I formally converted to Judaism one month after I lost my father and two weeks before getting married. I hadn’t been raised with much religion. I was baptized Lutheran, but always joked that my parents did that more out of superstition than dogma. They didn’t do much to disabuse me of […]

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