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The Goychik Dilemma

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:00am
By Unorthodox for Tablet Magazine 


Unorthodox, the world’s leading Jewish podcast, takes questions from its listeners about all aspects of Jewish life, from the religiously profound to the utterly inconsequential. Every week, we discuss one of these questions in “Ask Unorthodox.” If you have a question, please send it to [email protected].

“How and when,” podcast listener Robin asks our Facebook group, “do you tell your family that you’re dating a goychik? Especially when they won’t see it coming.”

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No Broken Glass

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 12:00am
By Richard L. Eisenberg for Tablet Magazine 


As a rabbi, I didn’t want Jewish rituals in my daughter’s interfaith wedding


When friends heard that our daughter was marrying a non-Jew, some of them assumed that she would include some Jewish traditions in her wedding. After all, my wife and I are observant Jews, and I was a pulpit rabbi for 35 years. Surely, they may have thought, even if our daughter was marrying outside the fold, we would take every opportunity to make her wedding as traditional as possible. They were surprised, then, to hear that her wedding ceremony was secular, devoid of Judaism. “Why wasn’t there a hora?” they asked. “No breaking the glass?” “You didn’t want a chuppah?” “Why didn’t you do the ceremony?”

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Our Diverse Jewish Families

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 12:00am
From BuildingJewishBridges.org


This organization is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Have you thought about starting a similar organization in your area?


Last week we had a powerful discussion about parenting in a multiracial Jewish family. I was struck by a young Black Jew who said he wants his white parents to talk with him about racism.  We heard about slips of the tongue, misguided statements, things that we, the white majority can learn to do better. One mother in a multiracial family said, “I wish I’d brought all my white friends.”  We hear the ways in which parents anticipate difficulty and work to disarm it before it hits their children. I really wish we’d taped it. I’ll have to do that next time.

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A Twisted Thing: An Interfaith Story

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
From JewsForJudaism.org


Note: The following letter was sent to us by a visitor to our site in response to an earlier “issue“. We invite others to share their viewpoints with us.

The pasuk (verse) says: A twisted thing cannot be straightened, and that which is missing cannot be numbered. (Koheles 1:15).


My story is a different sort of an interfaith story. It does not include struggling with the December dilemma or deciding whether the children should go to church or temple, or Christmas trees and latkes, or “a celebration of our differences.”

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Sukkot and Simchat Torah: the Basics

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily.com 


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Sukkot is the third and final festival that commemorates the Jewish exodus from Egypt. The escape of Israel from Egypt is remembered at Passover, entering into a covenant with God at Mount Sinai is recalled at Shavuot, and sleeping in a temporary hut or booth (“sukkah” in Hebrew) while wandering in the wilderness is memorialized in the holiday of Sukkot. “Sukkot” is the plural form of sukkah.

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For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit Jvillage Network's Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide. 
 

A comprehensive guide to the High Holy Days from InterfaithFamily.com

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 


 

Among the items you'll find in the Guide:

  • What is the Meaning of the High Holy Days?
  • The Days In Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur & Being Together in Community
  • Symbols and Rituals
  • Fasting on Yom Kippur
  • The Shofar
  • Wearing White and Not Wearing Leather
  • How to Greet People during the High Holy Days
  • Tashlich: A Fun Accessible Ceremony
  • High Holy Days Food!
  • Celebrating High Holy Days with Kids & Family
  • Public Schools and the High Holy Days
  • Fun and Meaningful Activities; Great Storybooks for Young Kids
  • Planning Ahead
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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 


Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, are also known as the High Holy Days or the Days of Awe (Also referred to as the High Holidays). These holidays usually fall in September or October and are often characterized by long synagogue services and a focus on repentance.


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For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas about the High Holidays, visit Jvillage Network's High Holiday Guide.

 

Liberal Rabbis Increasingly Support Officiating Weddings With Non-Jewish Clergy

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
Ari Feldman for The Forward


Rabbi Lev Baesh has co-officiated a wedding with a Native American chief on the shores of Lake Michigan. He conducted Paris’ first Catholic-Jewish ceremony. One time, he stood under the chuppah with a Hindu pundit; another, with a Shiite cleric. Things finally got tricky with an evangelical preacher — who’d been asked by the Jewish groom not to mention Jesus.


“During the wedding, when he was emoting and speaking off the cuff, it just came out,” Baesh remembered. “I watched [the groom’s] mother gasp for air.”


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Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?

Beth El is getting a new playground!  If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground."  If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!

 

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This is a great opportunity to see and meet fellow congregants.Please use the link below to sign up:

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November 4th,2018

2:00pm - 5:00pm Simply Majj

 

Important Shabbat Updates!   

* Beginning on September 7th, Shabbat services start

at 7:30 PM  

                                            


 

There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

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