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December Holiday Tips for Interfaith Parents

Interfaith - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00am
BY DR. JUNE A HOROWITZ, MyJewishLearning

 

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Hanukkah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 
 

Interfaith families struggle to be true to the religions of both parents during the winter holiday season. 

 

 

It’s difficult to go about “business as usual” during the December holiday season. While the whole country appears to be celebrating, non-Christians often feel either trapped and marginalized if they don’t join the merriment, or they may feel disingenuous and even guilty if they choose to participate in Christmas observances.

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Mayim Bialik Breaks Down Those Pesky Hanukkah Myths

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00am
From Kveller 
 
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Hanukkah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 
 

It can be a little daunting to explain what Hanukkah is to your kids (or your non-Jewish friends who are curious about the holiday). Because it can be hard to know where to start. That is why Mayim Bialik made a Hanukkah quiz video in which she talks about some facts and misconceptions about the Festival of Lights.

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Inna Braverman, named one of the most influential women of the 21st century

Going-Green-Jewishly - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00am
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine
 

Having survived the Chernobyl disaster, Inna Braverman set her sights on reinventing the energy industry.
 

The guest: Inna Braverman was named one of "10 of the most influential women of the 21st century," alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Her story starts in the Ukraine on April 11, 1986. Two weeks after her birth, the nearby Chernobyl Power Plant exploded and sent radioactive material across the landscape. To this day, it remains the biggest nuclear disaster worldwide. Less than 200 miles away, baby Inna had trouble breathing from the pollution and went in respiratory arrest. She was announced clinically dead. Luckily for Inna, her mother is a nurse and rushed to the crib to help. She gave her baby mouth to mouth resuscitation until the ambulance arrived just in time. Inna survived.

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Jews of Iran: A Modern History

Feature-Article - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00am
BY ORLY R. RAHIMIYAN for MyJewishLearning


Iranian Jewry under the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Jews began settling in Iran about 2,700 years ago. Throughout their history, the Iranian Jews have coped with significant challenges, especially during the Safavid era (1501-1736) and under the Qajar rulers (1796-1925).


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As the frustrating government shutdown drags on, we extend our sympathies during this anxious time for you and your family. While Beth El Hebrew Congregation is not a direct service provider, we can offer temporary dues relief until the shutdown has ended. We hope this resource list can be an asset during this difficult time and pray for an immediate resolution:

 

What Furloughed Workers Need to Know About Filing for Unemployment Benefits: https://tinyurl.com/yd3v7w29

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