Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Posted on September 3rd, 2018
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 


Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, are also known as the High Holy Days or the Days of Awe (Also referred to as the High Holidays). These holidays usually fall in September or October and are often characterized by long synagogue services and a focus on repentance.


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For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas about the High Holidays, visit Jvillage Network's High Holiday Guide.

 

Liberal Rabbis Increasingly Support Officiating Weddings With Non-Jewish Clergy

Posted on August 27th, 2018
Ari Feldman for The Forward


Rabbi Lev Baesh has co-officiated a wedding with a Native American chief on the shores of Lake Michigan. He conducted Paris’ first Catholic-Jewish ceremony. One time, he stood under the chuppah with a Hindu pundit; another, with a Shiite cleric. Things finally got tricky with an evangelical preacher — who’d been asked by the Jewish groom not to mention Jesus.


“During the wedding, when he was emoting and speaking off the cuff, it just came out,” Baesh remembered. “I watched [the groom’s] mother gasp for air.”


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I Found Religion, My Spouse Left It, What About Our Kids?

Posted on August 20th, 2018
By Dawn Kepler for BuildingJewishBridges


Dear Dawn: I’m the daughter of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother who raised me with no religion. Finding my way into Judaism has been difficult and, at times, painful. My partner, Tom, was raised Christian and is now an atheist. While he has warm feelings for his church, he no longer belongs. When discussing how we would raise children, I mentioned enrolling them in Sunday school and their having b’nai mitzvah. To my surprise, he was resistant to this idea. It turns out the experience of being raised in a religion and subsequently separating himself from it was a lot more of a struggle than I realized. 

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InterfaithFamily Rabbi Survey Results

Posted on August 13th, 2018
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 


The results are in, and make for an interesting read. We wanted to share some of the high-level findings with you.

We focused our analysis specifically on CCAR and RRA members who responded so that we could compare results to the last known publicly available survey on officiation practices of clergy, which focused on that group. Of CCAR and RRA members who responded:

More than 85 percent said that they officiate at the weddings of interfaith couples. Of those who officiate:

 

For the full report, click below.

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My Jewish Encounter With Hinduism

Posted on August 6th, 2018
By Alon Goshen-Gottstein


How I came to an intellectual and spiritual connection with Swami Chidananda Saraswati


Religions are complex realities. They are constituted by systems of beliefs and rituals. They are embedded in particular cultures. They involve communities and they are mediated to a large extent through teachers and living spiritual exemplars.

In what follows I describe a process of encountering Hinduism that has been in the making for nearly forty years. It has gone through the various stages described below, a high-point of which is certainly the encounter with living spiritual masters, one in particular.

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