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Raising confident Jewish children

If your child is a patrilineal Jew or a person of color, they may be assumed to not be Jewish. How can you build a strong identity for them? A wonderful couple I know has five grown children who are interracial and intercultural. Their Chinese mom converted before marriage.  The couple raised their children Jewish…

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A Scholarly Catholic View of Judaism

I was given this article, A Sacred Obligation, by a Catholic priest many years ago. I love the very rabbinic way in which they ask questions of God in regard to Jews and Judaism. There are some very meaningful questions and answers that may comfort or reassure individuals whose children marry a Jew and raise…

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Where do Latkes come from?

A lovely young Irish woman told her mother that she would be attending her first Hanukkah celebration and latkes would be made! Her mother said, “As I understand it, latkes have something to do with potatoes. You’ll be fine!” I’m not Irish and I’m not particularly fond of potatoes. So my latkes include parsnips and…

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This is Bay Area Jewry – at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette

Photo Essays on the Changing Nature of our Community Temple Isaiah, Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges present a photo essay exhibition showcasing the range of diversity in our community. The exhibition features 21 intimate portraits of individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds and levels of religious observance — from the North and…

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