What We Can Learn from the InterfaithFamily.com Network Essay Contest

September 2003 When we announced the InterfaithFamily.com Network Essay Contest, “We’re Interfaith Families … Connecting with Jewish Life,” last April, little did we know that on September 10, 2003, two days before the date set to announce our contest winners, the long-awaited results of the year 2000 National Jewish Population Survey–including an intermarriage rate of

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Network E-Letter

January 3, 2003 The following is the text of the InterfaithFamily.com Network’s eletter which was sent to its 5,400-subscriber list on Jan. 3, 2003 and also distributed to the Outreach Fellows listserv and to the listserv of the UAHC’s National Outreach and Synagogue Community Commission. On December 17, 2002, the leadership of the Reform Movement (the Union

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Interfaith Families Raising Jewish Children

Remarks presented at “Reaching Out: An Intergenerational Forum” at the United Jewish Communities’ General Assembly on November 20, 2002. I want to begin by telling you a small part of my story. I grew up in a Conservative synagogue. I liked Hebrew school. I enjoyed services. I went to a USY camp. I won an

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Should Efforts Be Made to Draw Interfaith Couples into the Jewish Community

This article is reprinted with permission of the Jerusalem Report. Edmund Case, publisher of InterfaithFamily.com and co-editor of The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life, debates Jack Wertheimer, provost and professor of American Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Dear Jack Wertheimer, Given a community that is declining and graying, the decisions that interfaith

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Discouraging Intermarriage is Not the Way to Preserve Jewish Identity

May 2001 A controversy that will define the future of the American Jewish community–how to respond to intermarriage–is again erupting. A new American Jewish Committee survey of interfaith families is being used to support an old, failed strategy–discouraging intermarriage and pressing for conversion of non-Jewish spouses. That is exactly the wrong way to maximize the

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Let’s Make the Language of Jewish Prayer Inclusive

November 2000 Something happened at Rosh Hashanah morning services this year that threw me for quite a loss. My least favorite prayer—more accurately, my least favorite translation of a prayer—was read. It was one of the birchot ha’shachar, morning blessings, whose Hebrew ending, “she’asani yisrael,” is translated in our Reform prayerbook so that the prayer,

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