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Posted: Wed, 07/28/2010 - 16:12 | Abigail in Love (Maybe)

“Ask yourself this question: Do you really want to get married?” read the invitation for a singles party in Jerusalem.

“If the answer is NO then carry on going to all those parties, Shabbat meals, lectures, supermarket aisles…”

Ahem! Supermarket aisles? Am I missing something here or is this some kind of veiled reference to that cheesy Dan Fogelberg song from the ‘80s where he meets his old lover in the grocery store, as in, “I stole behind her in the frozen foods and I touched her on the sleeve…”

Posted: Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:45 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

 My friend Rabbi Jason Miller has scooped me (and apparently everyone else) on this weekend's Chelsea-Marc festivities. If Rabbi Miller's "good authority" is correct, a Methodist minister and a rabbi will be co-officiating at the ceremony.

Posted: Wed, 07/28/2010 - 12:15 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

 I recently spent a lovely day at Eden Village Camp, a Jewish environmental sleep-away camp in which kids get to — among other activities — milk goats, feed chickens, pick vegetables and make smoothies using a bike-powered blender.

Posted: Wed, 07/28/2010 - 09:59 | Well Versed

Hats off to Howard Jacobson, often dubbed "the British Philip Roth," who was long-listed yesterday for the Man Booker Prize in Fiction.  While his book, "The Finkler Question," a comic novel about three single Jewish intellectuals, has not been released in the States yet, it's already made a big splash in the UK.  It's reception is worth noting too, in light of the recent uptick in concern over British anti-Semitism.

Posted: Mon, 07/26/2010 - 15:49 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

 Granted, the interfaith wedding on most people's minds these days is  Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky's, scheduled for this Saturday evening.

Posted: Mon, 07/26/2010 - 15:15 | Adam Dickter's Continuum

It's sad to have to watch your 10-year old kid squirm uncomfortably as you discuss with him what he should do if someone at sleepaway camp touches him "in a place ordinarily covered by a bathing suit." Or tell him that no one is allowed to tell him to keep a secret from his parents or the camp administration. But that's become a part of modern parents' pre-camp checklists, along with packing up necessities like flashlights and bug spray and tucking away some money for the canteen.