Jews And Muslims Break Bread, Build Bridges At Iftar Dinner

Iftar hosted at Temple Emanu-El focused on fostering connections, one person at a time.

06/30/2016 - 16:29
Editorial Intern

In the midst of an election season that has given credence to increasingly divisive political rhetoric, 200 Jews and Muslims gathered to break bread, break the Ramadan fast and break with a mainstream narrative that often pits one religion against another.

Will Other Movements Follow?

08/18/2015 - 20:00

When Rabbi Aaron Panken took over as president of the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion in June 2014, one of the first issues he inherited from his predecessor was the very question the Reconstructionist movement is grappling with now. A group of students at HUC was pushing the administration to re-examine its ban on admitting and graduating students in interfaith relationships.

“We’re not ready to do it,” Rabbi Aaron Panken, president of HUC, said about admitting and graduating intermarried rabbis.

In Britain, Jewish And Muslim Women Connect Over Mitzvah Day

06/22/2015 - 20:00

Good deeds can be contagious. Just ask Laura Marks, a British Jew who is widely credited with creating one of her community’s most widely celebrated new traditions: an annual Mitzvah Day, now in its 11th consecutive year, in which thousands of British Jews perform charity work in retirement homes, homeless shelters, hospitals and even neglected cemeteries.

Muslim and Jewish participants in a new interfaith initiative during its launch at the Jewish Museum in London. JTA

Interfaith Service Held At Pork-Desecrated Holocaust Memorial

05/25/2015 - 20:00

An interfaith service was held at a cemetery in the Boston area after a Holocaust memorial was desecrated with pieces of raw pork.

Prominent Presbyterians Push Back On Divestment

Full-page ad in Times grew out of interfaith meetings in wake of church’s ‘one-sided’ BDS vote.

11/23/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

On the Upper West Side, Rev. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, president of the Auburn Theological Seminary, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is a veteran of a study mission to Israel and dialogue activities with the Jewish community.

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

10/13/2014 - 20:00

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.

07/10/2014 - 20:00

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.

02/09/2014 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

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

11/24/2013 - 19:00

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

10/15/2013 - 20:00

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.

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