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InterfaithFamily Rabbi Survey Results

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:00am
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 


The results are in, and make for an interesting read. We wanted to share some of the high-level findings with you.

We focused our analysis specifically on CCAR and RRA members who responded so that we could compare results to the last known publicly available survey on officiation practices of clergy, which focused on that group. Of CCAR and RRA members who responded:

More than 85 percent said that they officiate at the weddings of interfaith couples. Of those who officiate:

 

For the full report, click below.

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My Jewish Encounter With Hinduism

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:00am
By Alon Goshen-Gottstein


How I came to an intellectual and spiritual connection with Swami Chidananda Saraswati


Religions are complex realities. They are constituted by systems of beliefs and rituals. They are embedded in particular cultures. They involve communities and they are mediated to a large extent through teachers and living spiritual exemplars.

In what follows I describe a process of encountering Hinduism that has been in the making for nearly forty years. It has gone through the various stages described below, a high-point of which is certainly the encounter with living spiritual masters, one in particular.

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In Europe, religious minorities face mounting hostility, harassment

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Tom Heneghan for Religion News Service

 

PARIS (RNS) — A decade ago, Austria was a European country where Muslims felt they could live in peace. Islam was a recognized religion since 1912, the population seemed tolerant and the government maintained a constructive dialogue with community leaders.


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What Jews and Arabs think about Gaza might surprise you

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am
From Israel Unwired

 

There is so much more that unites Jews and Arabs than divides us. Unfortunately, there are always those Arabs, like Hamas, who resort to violence and murder that tear our society apart.


Jews and Arabs

Jews and Arabs can live together. Under Jewish rule in the Jewish State of Israel, Arab and Muslims have full equality. They serve as Supreme Court Justices, police officers, Parliament Members etc. All jobs are open to them. Israeli hospitals are filled with Jewish and Arab doctors and nurses as well as patients from both populations.

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7 Ways to Celebrate Tu B’Av, the Jewish Day of Love

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am
by Kristin Posner; This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 


When InterfaithFamily asked me to write a post for Tu B’Av, I have to admit, I had to do some research: Tu B’Av is not widely celebrated in my Reform Jewish community in San Francisco.

One of the most interesting Intro to Judaism classes I took at my temple was a class on the Jewish calendar. Jewish time is determined by the sun and primarily by the moon, making it a lunisolar calendar. The calendar is so beautifully and thoughtfully designed to punctuate the year with rituals that help us heal, reflect, mark time and celebrate. Many Jewish holidays were designed to take place on the brightest night of the month, during the full moon. Tu B’Av is one of those nights.


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How Friendship and Quiet Conversations Transformed a White Nationalist

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:00am
From On Being with Krista Tippett


DEREK BLACK AND MATTHEW STEVENSON


We'd heard Derek Black, the former white power heir apparent, interviewed before about his past. But never about the friendships, with other people in their twenties, that changed him. After his ideology was outed at college, one of the only orthodox Jews on campus invited Derek to Shabbat dinner. What happened over the next two years is like a roadmap for transforming some of the hardest territory of our time.

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Why do I worry my daughter won’t fit in?

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:00am

This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 


by Anna Keller


I was never a princess. In my favorite childhood photo I have short brown hair and a leather jacket covered in zippers – a gift I had begged my Grandfather to buy me–it was a Michael Jackson special. In that same photo, my brother has his hair combed neatly to one side and he sports a NY Mets jacket. As an adult looking at that photo I realize a few things. First of all, I spent most of my life thinking that my brother was the “cool one.” One look at that photograph and it’s clear it was the other way around. 

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Does Interfaith Mean Anything at Age 6?

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:00am
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by Jessie Boatright


The other day, Ruthie and I were talking about one of her favorite topics—her cousins. She ticked off each one’s name, and talked about something special about them, or what they did the last time they were together. Then she started talking about some friends who are like family—she often brings up this topic of what to call her friends who are like family but who aren’t blood relatives. In speaking about two sisters in particular from a family that we often celebrate Jewish holidays with, she changed the subject a little bit.

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Premarital Blessing Now Challenging Middle Movement

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 12:00am
BY STEWART AIN for The Jewish Week


As the Conservative branch looks to reach out to interfaith couples, the aufruf ceremony is coming under scrutiny.


After Elleana Goldman was called to the Torah and recited a blessing, Rabbi Howard Buechler of the Dix Hills (L.I.) Jewish Center called her fiancé forward and together the couple spoke an English prayer thanking God for bringing them moments of joy.

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