Julie Wiener's In the Mix

Fun With Top 10 Lists And Sheldon Adelson

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.

Gentile And Other 'Unorthodox' Moms

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.

The Latest Interfaith Custody Nightmare

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:

Sh*t In-Married Jews Say?

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:

Digging Up More Info About Jewish Cemeteries

Hallelujah for local Jewish newspapers, and not just the venerable one that employs yours truly.

How Jewish Is Your Cemetery?

I’m trying to make sense of a strange legal battle — one getting more mainstream media attention than Jewish media attention — concerning a Jewish cemetery in Colchester, Conn.

At Ahavath Achim, a Jewish board member (ironically named Maria) is suing to have the body of Juliet Steer, a black Christian woman exhumed, because Steer is not Jewish and has no ties to any Jews buried there. 

Jewish-Hindu, Jewish-Black and Gabi Giffords

Abigail Pickus, who alas no longer blogs for us, but does do a monthly column on life in Israel, has an interesting piece in e-JewishPhilanthropy about Kesha Ram, a Vermont state legislator who recently went on a Birthright trip to Israel. 

Christmas On Main Street

Last year I jokingly titled a blog post “Christmas in Anatevka,” since my daughters and I had spent the big day watching “Fiddler on the Roof.”
This year, I felt like we really did spend Christmas morning in Anatevka. That’s because we were on the main drag (aptly called Main Street) of Queens’ very Jewish Kew Gardens Hills neighborhood.

The Jews Have A Horn, And Anthony Weiner Has A Son

You-know-what (hint: starts with “ch”) has totally jumped the shark (chark?) now, with freelance writer Jordana Horn determined to squeeze out every last drop of chontroversy and, presumably, paychecks from the topic.

Enough Already With The Xmas Wars!

Yikes, Chanukah has barely begun and this Christmas-Chanukah thing is starting to feel like the Chelsea (another “ch” word*) Clinton wedding: enough already!

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