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Rosh Hashanah Blessings

Posted on September 18th, 2017
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 

For more great information, visit our High Holiday Guide. 

For those looking for a quick, easy reference to guide them through the home Rosh Hashanah ritual blessings, this resource is for you!

Our handy Rosh Hashanah Blessings, in an easy-to-print PDF format, includes the customary prayers said before the erev Rosh Hashanah (first evening of Rosh Hashanah) meal, all in Hebrew and transliteration, with traditional and alternative translations as well.

Not sure how to pronounce the Hebrew? Read along, in transliteration or in Hebrew, and listen to each blessing:

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Jews and Muslims

Posted on September 11th, 2017
BY IRA RIFKIN for myjewishlearning.com 

Sept. 11 and the Second Intifada in Israel interrupted years of improvement in Muslim-Jewish relations.

Jews and Muslims have had a close but tense relationship since Islam’s earliest days, when Jewish tribes in seventh-century Arabia, principally in the city of Medina, rejected the Prophet Muhammad’s claims to religious and political leadership. In the modern era, the Zionist movement and establishment of the State of Israel have exacerbated this longstanding tension, with fallout from events of the recent past–the Palestinian uprising known as the intifada and the wave of anti-Western Islamic terrorism culminating in the attacks of September 11, 2001–bringing the relationship to a low point.

Divisive Issues


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In Omaha, Three Faiths Share One Big Idea

Posted on September 4th, 2017
By Jonathan Zalman for Tablet Magazine 

The Tri-Faith Initiative brings together a synagogue, a church, and a mosque, with a promise to build bridges between them

A new kind of “neighborhood” is nearing completion in West Omaha, Nebraska—a place where Jews, Muslims, and Christians will share spaces, food, ideas, joy, and pain.

Over 10 years ago, a group of Omaha’s religious and lay leaders hatched an idea: Build three, brand-new houses of worship—a temple, a mosque, and a church—located close together on the same plot of land; ensure that the design scheme feels borderless, flowing, and inviting of interaction; encourage communication between communities—promoting, among other things, cross-religious education and, well, understanding; put into place the right leaders to foster these activities; have plentiful parking; coexist; shock the world.

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Bar & Bat Mitzvahs For The Interfaith Family

Posted on August 28th, 2017
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 

According to Jewish law, all children acquire the status of ritual adulthood when they are thirteen years old. Whether or not they participate in a ceremony, at that time they take responsibility for their own moral decisions and commitments to observing the commandments (mitzvot) that are the foundation of Jewish life. In Hebrew, bar mitzvah means "son of the commandments" and bat mitzvah means "daughter of the commandments."

But what is a bar or bat mitzvah?

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Talking about Christian readings of Hebrew texts

Posted on August 21st, 2017
From bimbam

Recently, bimbam's founder, Sarah Lefton, spent a week at the Kenyon Institute teaching a Writing for Video class to clergy in a multi-denominational setting. Watch her vlog below with Rev. Kyle Oliver, an Episcopal Priest.  Last month, our Animation Director Jeremy presented about how BimBam videos demystify Jewish mourning rituals at the Chevrah Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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