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Posts Tagged ‘Interfaith’

Rabbi Josh Whinston of Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor speaks to a multi-faith group protesting outside the Tornillo, Texas, detention center. He is in the center standing in a tallit and kippah while people with signs stand around him and watch and listen.

Welcoming Strangers

Local rabbi leads pilgrimage to border to protest U.S. immigration policies. Louis Finkelman Contributing Writer Photos by Rachel Goldberg Rabbi Josh Whinston of Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor led a group of 20 people, including 11 of his congregants as well as some from Ann Arbor’s Beth Israel Congregation to El Paso, Texas, in…

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Adam Magy holding Henry Magy, 4, Karen Gasinski, Kristi Magy holding Zelda Magy, 2. Family smiles and poses all together

A Mixed Bag

Non-Jewish grandparents celebrate Chanukah with their Jewish grandchildren. Jennifer Lovy Contributing Writer Karen Gasinski, a grandmother from Plymouth, loves Christmas carols, decorating her Christmas tree, making cookies and just about everything else associated with this festive holiday. So, when her daughter Kristi Magy converted to Judaism seven years ago, Gasinski struggled to accept the notion…

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butter cookies on a plate in the shape of stars of David and circles with snowflakes on them with a dark background with paper snowflakes and red and white string and a noe that says "ho, ho, ho"

Dual Chanukah-Christmas Observances Growing In Detroit Jewish Households

The Contours of Our Jewish Community: Snapshots from the 2018 Population Study From the JN Staff Editor’s Note: Each week, the Jewish News will offer insights into the findings of the 2018 Detroit Jewish Population Study with the intent of stimulating discussion about its potential meaning and impact. With Chanukah starting the evening of Dec.…

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Illustrated cover of the book The Great Latke Cook Off showing a fireplace and mantel with a lit menorah on it and photographs of the family and the words "The Great Latke Cook Off" spelled out on a banner above.

The Great Latke Cook Off

Author Lauren Muskovitz Ranalli tells the story behind the story. Lauren Muskovitz Ranalli Special to the Jewish News Back in December 2011, my husband and I welcomed our first child into the world. As an interfaith couple, our December quickly became a birthday-Chanukah-Christmas extravaganza. Shortly after our son was born, he received lovely Christmas books from friends…

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Sign Up For Mitzvah Day

From the JN Staff Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC (JCRC/AJC) will host its 22nd annual Mitzvah Day this Christmas Day at nonprofit organizations throughout Metropolitan Detroit. The daylong event is held in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. On Tuesday, Dec. 25, nearly 1,000 volunteers of all ages will visit a growing list of…

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Iris Schaen and Jenny Schaen hug as they join with others for a Community-Wide Solidarity Vigil at the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach to remember the victims of the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh temple on October 30, 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida.

How Interfaith Families Can Heal After Pittsburgh

Robyn B. Martin, The Forward Around the time my relationship with my now-wife Rachael took a turn for the serious, we went for a hike in the desert and talked about religion. Rachael is Jewish. I am Catholic. Rachael’s Jewishness was mostly cultural. (Holiday recipes, yes! Holiday services or prayers, absolutely no!) Above: Iris Schaen and Jenny…

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Chaplain Yvonne Fant Moore leads the singing of “We Shall Overcome” at the interfaith service at Beth Shalom in Oak Park.

Joining Together

Interfaith vigils offer support amidst violence and hatred in Pittsburgh. JN Staff Reports Several vigils for the Tree of Life Congregation shooting victims held last week were gatherings of people of many faiths, all saddened by the show of hatred in Pittsburgh. Above: Chaplain Yvonne Fant Moore leads the singing of “We Shall Overcome” at the…

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Rabbi Simone Schicker signing her contract with Joan Hawxhurst, immediate past president of Temple B’nai Israel

Kalamazoo’s Temple B’nai Israel Welcomes New Rabbi

Continuing growth in membership at Kalamazoo’s Reform Jewish congregation has allowed it to hire its second consecutive full-time rabbi, following a period of part-time leadership from 1969-2014. On July 1, Rabbi Simone Schicker began her tenure as the religious leader of Temple B’nai Israel, Kalamazoo’s Reform Jewish congregation. She takes over the position from Rabbi…

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Participants last year at the Michigan Jewish Food Festival

Food, Glorious Food

The third annual Michigan Jewish Food Festival gears up to be the best yet. Everybody eats. Food is the common denominator that brings people together — from the dinner table to restaurants and occasionally to food festivals. People gather wherever good food is to be found. There will likely be good food in abundance at…

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