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Israeli Institute Gets $2.2 Million To Help Christians Study Jewish Thought

10/14/2014
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A new institute in Jerusalem has been awarded $2.2 million to help Christians and Jews study Jewish texts, launching what’s being billed as a new kind of Jewish-Christian cooperation.

Breaking The Ramadan Fast In The Company Of Jews

Muslim-Jewish iftars are popping up across the nation, bringing together dozens and sometimes hundreds of people for a celebratory Ramadan meal and a chance to forge interfaith friendships.

07/11/2014
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This Ramadan, as Jews and Muslims exchange rocket fire in Israel and Gaza, those attending these meals say they are all the more significant, as a way of demonstrating that Jews and Muslims have much in common, and can enjoy each others’ food and company.

David Mattis, a Jew, embraces Sumaya Abubaker, a Muslim. RNS

Why -- And How -- I Officiate

A Reform rabbi explains her decision to begin uniting interfaith couples under the chuppah.

02/10/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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There has been a great deal of press lately about interfaith marriages within the Jewish community, including an article by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism in which he proclaimed that young people “must hear from their Jewish leaders that interfaith couples can be and are supported in their effort to raise deeply committed Jewish families.”

Cheryl Silvers and Eric Doades sign the ketubah at their interfaith wedding. Courtesy of Cheryl Silvers and Eric Doades

Schechter Schools Considering Embracing Patrilineal Descent

11/25/2013
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Synagogues aren’t the only institutions in the Conservative movement changing their policies to become more welcoming to non-Jews and interfaith families.

Disagrees With Wertheimer

10/16/2013
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As a Conservative Jew and a mohel certified by the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Rabbinical Assembly, in practice for more than 25 years, I was somewhat dismayed at the content of Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Not Too Late To Push In-Marriage?” (Sept. 13). While Professor [Jack] Wertheimer has done extensive work in gathering data on Jewish demographics, I am afraid that he “chooses and picks” his data to suit his points of view. I disagree that intermarried families have lower chances of raising committed Jews, and I believe my statistics and follow-ups prove him wrong.

Jewish-Muslim Pairings Facing Toughest Test

As Twinning Weekend nears, a sense of resolve among participants in wake of Park51; key N.Y. defection.

09/21/2010
Staff Writer

In West Newton, Mass., Congregation Dorshei Tzedek will sponsor a joint program with an area mosque in November. The interfaith activity will mark the Reconstructionist synagogue’s first participation in the third annual Weekend of Twinning sponsored by the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

Rabbi Drorah Setel, an active supporter of Jewish-Muslim dialogue in Buffalo.

iPhone App Features Talking Points on Intermarriage

NOTE: The following is a post about an iPhone application that provides suggestions for what parents should say to their children to prevent them from intermarrying. It is not a product review of the application, but rather a news story. Neither the blogger nor The New York Jewish Week endorses this iPhone application. We realize the controversial nature of this application and hope you will leave your opinion in the comments section.

Application Presents Resource for Parents Who Don't Want Their Children to Intermarry
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