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Perspective and a link to a thought-provoking article by Robin Margolis.

So…What Do Half-Jewish People Want?

The Boulder Jewish Festival recently became a member of the Big Tent Judaism Coalition, a project of the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI). As a member, we have committed to embracing the diversity that comprises today’s Jewish community.

As part of the membership, Big Tent Judaism offers a listserv, which recently had much debate among rabbis, staff and synagogue members on the topic of adult children of intermarriage – how to welcome them? what to call them? what should synagogues provide them in the way of service?  It was fascinating to follow the discussion; the voices came from coast to coast and even Rabbi Irwin Kula of CLAL participated (brilliant, compelling).

This morning, thanks to Twitter, I learned of this article in Jewcy (celebrating a birthday and still in business, having recently been adopted by Jdub Records, mazel tov!).  This heart-felt piece captures most of the hubris from the listserv and includes specific, actionable requests. A good read for professionals and boards, members of our community who feel the same way, and anyone truly interested in creating a welcoming Jewish community.  Hope you’ll share your feedback.

What Do Half-Jewish People Want from the Jewish Establishment? by Robin Margolis, November 18, 2009

Beth Ami, Pardes Levavot and Congregation Bonai Shalom are also Boulder-area members of the Big Tent Judaism Coalition.

About Cheryl Fellows

I am living happily ever after in Boulder with David, proud mom of Lauren and Ethan, guardian of Cookie and Finnegan, blessed with family and friends and a great community.

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