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  • Tough Shiva Questions

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    March 19, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I’m a volunteer who, on occasion, will lead a shiva minyan for my synagogue. I took a couple of classes on how to do it, and I attended a few shiva services as an observer. The service is similar to Shabbat services, but shorter, so anyone who’s a regular at services could do it.... read on

  • Children of Intermarriage Want to Engage

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    March 12, 2014 | 1:30 am

    Amid all the hoopla about the Pew Study, another recent study by Big Tent Judaism and the Jewish Outreach Institute called, “Listening to the Adult Children of Intermarriage” seems to have gone unnoticed. The subtitle, “What Jews With One Jewish Parent Need and Want From the Jewish... read on

  • New Game Helps People Talk About Dying

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    March 5, 2014 | 12:30 am

    Our chevra kadisha meets on a monthly basis. Because of the volunteer work we do visiting the sick, comforting mourners, and preparing the dead for burial, it’s not uncommon for us to have conversations related to death and dying. I wasn’t sure, then, what the outcome would be when... read on

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