Black + White Creamsicles

Aside from the smell of tuna fish, nothing can really transport me to a New York Jewish deli like a black and white cookie. Just the mere sight of of the cookie transports me to a Shabbat luncheon in which I’m elbow-ing the person to the left and right of me (and sometimes behind me) in an […]

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Why We Say Yes to the Easter Invite

The phone rang and I heard my dad’s apprehensive voice. “Hi Sarah. I have a bit of a strange question for you. We are thinking ahead about Easter and we would like to have everyone over for brunch and an Easter egg hunt. We would of course love to have you there, but we know […]

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How Our Interfaith Ceremony Got Us Out of Writing Our Own Vows

Forty-four days, 23 hours and 53 minutes to go to the big day (but who’s counting?), so we thought we’d give you a sneak preview of how we’ve constructed our interfaith ceremony. All the way back last summer, we had a lovely meeting with our rabbi, IFF/Philadelphia‘s Rabbi Frisch, and our priest, Mother Takacs, where […]

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Blessings Over Bread and Wine

Kiddush, the Hebrew blessing over the wine, and Hamotzi, the Hebrew blessing over bread.

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Guide to Shabbat for Interfaith Families

Landing page with introduction and table of contents to a guide to Shabbat for newbies.

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It Can’t Happen Here

The daughter and grandaughter of rabbis, she never thought she would fall in love with someone who wasn’t Jewish–but she did.

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How You Can Make Shabbat at Home

How to celebrate Shabbat at home, including preparing for Shabbat, lighting Shabbat candles and saying Shabbat blessings.

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Shabbat in the Synagogue

Part of the Guide to Shabbat for Interfaith Families.

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Variations on Making Shabbat

No two Jews have the same Shabbat rules. As long as you don’t work on Shabbat, you’re keeping the Sabbath.

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The Mother of a Jewish Child

Personal narrative by a non-Jewish bar mitzvah mother after the event, looking back and grateful to so many people, including her non-Jewish family for their gracious participation.

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