Julie Wiener's In the Mix
Posted: Fri, 03/02/2012 - 13:54 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

Apologies for the infrequent attendance here in blogland. I was on a reporting trip in Florida last week, and am still catching up on things. Plus, I managed to get drafted (OK, I recklessly volunteered) to chair my temple’s Purim carnival, which, as you can imagine, consumes just a fair amount of time.

Speaking of Purim, I believe The Book of Esther is the only Bible story in which a) a Jewish woman intermarries and b) the intermarriage actually directly benefits the larger Jewish community, since Esther is able to use her standing with the king to rescue her people.

Posted: Tue, 02/21/2012 - 15:07 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

 

In her groundbreaking “The Feminine Mystique,” Betty Friedan famously referred to “the problem that has no name.”

A few weeks ago I took on the mom that has no name: the fact that we have no pithy and consistent way of identifying non-Jewish women raising Jewish children.

InterfaithFamily.com graciously put out a call on Twitter and on its blog seeking suggestions.

Posted: Thu, 02/16/2012 - 14:45 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

I’m traveling to South Florida next week for work (and sun exposure), so I was excited to check out a new study of Florida's Jewish demographics.

Posted: Fri, 02/10/2012 - 13:56 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

I’m still looking for good names for gentile women raising Jewish kids. Perhaps someone like the Jewish Outreach Institute or InterfaithFamily.com should sponsor a contest, hint hint.

Hopefully they’d come up with something better than JOI Associate Executive Director Paul Golin’s (joking I hope) suggestion to me, via Facebook, that we call them MORBs: mothers of other religious backgrounds. A bit too close to “morbid” for my taste.

Posted: Thu, 02/02/2012 - 15:25 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

Whew, here’s an interfaith breakup/custody case that makes the Joseph and Rebecca Reyes one a few years ago seem pretty tame: a French Jewish woman suing her Saudi prince ex for custody of their 10-year-old daughter Aya (interestingly, the Reyes’ daughter had a similarly palindromic name: Ela). According to the Telegraph:

Posted: Wed, 02/01/2012 - 15:13 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

Remember my post back in December about what NOT to do when you discover an intermarried Jewish family member has a Christmas tree in their house? 

Now I’d like to share what NOT to say when you encounter a mom who tells you she is not Jewish but has agreed to raise her kids as Jews: