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Interfaith at the Movies: Bad Faith

Bad FaithFrench Film, 2006The film industry offers this synopsis: Like many cosmopolitan Parisian couples, Clara and Ishael scarcely notice that she is Jewish and he is Muslim…until Clara discovers that she’s pregnant. Suddenly baby names, circumcision and keeping Ramadan become flashpoints. Can love really conquer all? A snappy, sexy comedy. A French viewer commenting on…

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Tu Bishvat

The Holiday Ahead Tu Bishvat (many spellings, same sounds) will begin next Monday at sundown. This holiday is much more widely embraced and celebrated by a younger generation for it’s environmental focus. Tu Bishvat Seder Many years ago I attended my first Tu Bishvat seder led by Claire Sherman, daughter of the legendary Berkeley Jewish…

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Tu Bishvat Seder

A number of years ago I experienced my first Tu Bishvat Seder. It was led by Claire Sherman at the Berkeley JCC. I loved it. It inspired me to return to my women’s group and start doing seders with them. Below is a seder we created. Copy, borrow, change. Have your own fun and focus….

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New Year of the Trees

The next holiday on the Jewish calendar has interesting roots. Tu Bishvat (spelled many different ways, just make the sounds as best you can) has it’s roots in the Torah. Among the laws given for living in the land of Israel were the ones that outlined sacrifices given to the Temple. A portion of the…

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Start 2008 by doing something for yourself

Here it is – 2008! Let’s make the most of it! Do something for your relationshipFor starters I am going to recommend that you participate in an interfaith couples discussion group. Call me right now and let’s talk about it. You’ll look at who you each are, improve your communication, and sort out issues that…

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Jewish Chicken Farmers

I have a soft spot in my heart for chickens. Dumb as they are, my grandmother had chickens, my mother had chickens and yes, I had chickens. They made for very educational pets. I received this notice: In case you missed it earlier, we are pleased that “A Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken…

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