Jewish Culture

Let’s Go to the Movies!

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is in its 35 year. Building Jewish Bridges is delighted to be a co-presenter of the following films at this year’s festival. Dough Food has always represented more than sustenance in Jewish culture, and its transformative power is on display in this delightful British dramedy which unites a widowed…

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Get Your Culture on this Summer!

I’m reading a wonderful book, The Mathematician’s Shiva. Of course, it’s about Jews – but also other Russians, Poles, Americans, scientists and more. I love the underlining Jewishness of the characters and I really love that it is not about the Holocaust. There is so much more to Judaism than misery and murder. Which leads…

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Death and Shiva (on video)

Sometimes it’s easier to learn about something by watching a video. That can be especially true when the thing you are learning about is a sensitive topic. G-dcast has created a number of videos addressing elements of Jewish life. This one, on Jewish mourning practices, covers the basic issues that you will encounter in regard…

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Greek & Jewish – Stuffed Peppers go Mediterranean

I always check the food column in the J-weekly and am frequently rewarded with something healthy, delicious and kosher. I love Mediterranean food, love bell peppers, mint and chick peas so Josie Shapiro’s Braised Peppers with Turkey and Mint were a big SCORE. A couple friends have already asked for the recipe. Give them a…

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Why is it so hard to find a rabbi for multi-faith wedding?

I received this inquiry recently: Some gay friends wanted a “fully multifaith ceremony.” They felt rejected when no rabbi would agree to co-officiate, but Christian clergy would. I’m not sure how to help them address their feelings in the aftermath. — Sympathetic Friend I answered the question in my monthly Mixed and Matched column for…

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Women in Interfaith Relationships

Women in Interfaith Relationships: A Discussion for Girlfriends, Wives, Partners, Mothers and Grandmothers Join other women, Jewish or not, to examine interfaith relationships in relation to culture and gender. What are the unique expectations and responses that a woman encounters as she creates a home and builds a family life in which her religion is…

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