• December Holidays: Christmas and Kwanzaa
    by Nicole Margaretten on October 27, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Friends – As the sun sets earlier, we look forward to the light and joy that comes with December celebrations including Christmas and Kwanzaa. Unlike some winter holidays, Christmas and Kwanzaa are observed on the same dates from year to year. To help you feel more prepared, we have fact sheets on each holiday that The post December Holidays: Christmas and Kwanzaa appeared first on Tanenbaum.

  • We Have Our Eyes on Timothée Chalamet
    by Sophie Mortman on October 26, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    This past weekend, I saw two movies that premiered (hooray for theaters being open again!) and Timothée Chalamet stole my heart in both of them. Crunching on some sweet and salty popcorn, I was brought into two very different worlds The post We Have Our Eyes on Timothée Chalamet appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Get Festive With These Thanksgivukkah Recipes
    by 18Doors on October 26, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    This year, Hanukkah starts the Sunday after Thanksgiving Thursday on Sunday, November 28. If you’re looking for ways to combine the flavors of these two holidays, or are seeking inspiration to get creative in the kitchen, here are some Thanksgivukkah The post Get Festive With These Thanksgivukkah Recipes appeared first on 18Doors.

  • What You Need For Hanukkah This Year
    by Sophie Mortman on October 20, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Self-gifting is the same as self-love, right? Whether you need a new menorah, you covet a new craft in your life or you want to decorate your home for Hanukkah, this is your sign. There’s no better time to treat The post What You Need For Hanukkah This Year appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Global Ethics Day
    by Nicole Margaretten on October 18, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    Dear Tanenbaum Community,   Today, Tanenbaum is participating in Carnegie Council’s Global Ethics Day. Carnegie’s Global Ethics Day provides an opportunity to explore the meaning of ethics in daily life and for communities around the world to come together to identify and address the most critical issues facing society.   Merriam Webster defines ethics as “the principles of The post Global Ethics Day appeared first on Tanenbaum.

  • Peacebuilding is Ethical
    by Nicole Margaretten on October 18, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Peacebuidling is ethical and that is evident in our Peacemakers in Action Network, a community of practice comprised of 30 religiously motivated peace actors from 23 conflict and post-conflict zones around the world. The Peacemakers in Action award recognizes the brave individuals who pursue peace in their communities. They are relatively unknown at the time The post Peacebuilding is Ethical appeared first on Tanenbaum.

  • Learning to Learn
    by Nicole Margaretten on October 18, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Last month, Cheryl Rizzo surveyed students in her seventh-grade English Language Arts class on their attitudes towards religious difference. The results were surprising. Students agreed that they respected each other’s beliefs and that respecting different religions is important. However, they admitted that they didn’t actually know what each other’s beliefs were, or how to respond The post Learning to Learn appeared first on Tanenbaum.

  • Health Care is a Space that is Uniquely Personal
    by Nicole Margaretten on October 18, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Whether we are dealing with the health and treatment of our loved ones or ourselves, we look to health care providers and institutions to help us at our most vulnerable times. Health care is more than just repairing broken bones, it is about creating spaces where people feel safe and respected. This Global Ethics Day, The post Health Care is a Space that is Uniquely Personal appeared first on Tanenbaum.

  • Including the Workplace
    by Nicole Margaretten on October 18, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    The events of the last year and a half laid bare the systemic inequalities so many of us struggled for years to highlight. We worked to contain a pandemic, continued the fight for racial justice, and responded to increasing hate crimes – all while continuing to work our day jobs. It is clearer than ever The post Including the Workplace appeared first on Tanenbaum.

  • Acknowledgments
    by Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project on October 15, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. Primary Researchers           Justin Nortey, Research Assistant Claire Gecewicz, Research Associate Research Team         Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director, Research Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Becka A. Alper, Senior Researcher Joshua Alvarado, Research Assistant

  • Methodology
    by Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project on October 15, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    The American Trends Panel survey methodology Overview The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are provided with a tablet and wireless internet connection. Interviews are conducted in

  • Most Americans Who Go to Religious Services Say They Would Trust Their Clergy’s Advice on COVID-19 Vaccines
    by Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project on October 15, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Most U.S. adults who regularly attend religious services voice confidence in their clergy to provide guidance on the coronavirus vaccine.

  • Three Vegetarian-Friendly Hanukkah Menus for Couples, Kids and Gatherings
    by Sophie Mortman on October 14, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    One of the best parts about Hanukkah is eating. This holiday is known for its fried foods, from latkes (potato pancakes) to sufganiyot (doughnuts). But planning vegetarian-friendly Hanukkah menus for the eight-day festival isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve got The post Three Vegetarian-Friendly Hanukkah Menus for Couples, Kids and Gatherings appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Peace Trees
    by Nicole Margaretten on October 13, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    By Anoushka Joshi At the crossroads of ecology, economy, and interfaith dialogue, Tanenbaum Peacemaker Pastor James’ Peace Trees initiative offers a productive and inspiring solution to the rampant conflict between farmers and herders in Nigeria. “The background for why [up until] this conflict people have coexisted together is because of the ecological challenges coming from [a] The post Peace Trees appeared first on Tanenbaum.

  • Back to School
    by Nicole Margaretten on October 13, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Dear Friends,  As summer turns to fall, we begin a Back to School season like no other. Students and teachers are returning to in-person learning for the first time in over a year, and all over the country schools are beginning to rebuild their communities.   After a year of uncertainty, schools are going back to basics: building inclusive and nurturing The post Back to School appeared first on Tanenbaum.

  • Eight Must-Try Hanukkah Latke Recipes
    by Sophie Mortman on October 13, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    For me, Hanukkah has always been about the food. As soon as I take a bite of my mom’s fresh, soft latkes and hear the bubbling of sufganiyot on the stove, I know it’s time to celebrate the story of The post Eight Must-Try Hanukkah Latke Recipes appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Going Virtual Has Completely Changed My Relationship With Judaism
    by Kristin Eriko Posner on October 12, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    When I was first asked to write about how Jewish ritual has changed for me during these last challenging, complicated, home-based years, the first feeling I registered was shame. Most of my pandemic changes have included doing “less.”  I have a company where I focus on blending my Japanese American The post Going Virtual Has Completely Changed My Relationship With Judaism appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Time for Truth, Healing and Justice
    by Nicole Margaretten on October 8, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Today there are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries, representing 5,000 different cultures. In the U.S. there were 367 boarding schools that existed in 29 states to assimilate Native children. It is estimated that by 1926, 83% of all American Indian children had spent time at a Bureau of The post Time for Truth, Healing and Justice appeared first on Tanenbaum.

  • Join Our Monthly Giving Circle
    by Nicole Margaretten on October 7, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Tanenbaum has been promoting justice and building respect for religious difference through the transformation of individuals and institutions for nearly three decades. Right now, we need your help more than ever. Religious conflicts here in the U.S. and around the world have divided people and with it, an increase in violence and mistreatment. Help make The post Join Our Monthly Giving Circle appeared first on Tanenbaum.

  • Methodology
    by Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project on September 30, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    This is the 12th time Pew Research Center has measured restrictions on religion around the globe.66 This report, which includes data for the year ending Dec. 31, 2019, generally follows the same methodology as previous reports. Pew Research Center uses two 10-point indexes – the Government Restrictions Index (GRI) and the Social Hostilities Index (SHI) –

  • Acknowledgments
    by Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project on September 30, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation. This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and

  • 3. Median index scores for government restrictions, social hostilities involving religion declined or remained stable in most regions in 2019
    by Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project on September 30, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Government restrictions by region In 2019, the median Government Restrictions Index (GRI) score of the 198 countries and territories in this study remained stable at 2.9, staying at its highest level since Pew Research Center began tracking these measures in 2007 (see Overview). The median score on the index decreased in three of the five

  • 4. Restrictions on religion in the world’s 25 most populous countries in 2019
    by Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project on September 30, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    One way to examine the reach of religious restrictions is to look just at the world’s 25 most populous countries. Of course, religious restrictions do not affect everyone within a country equally, but looking at government restrictions and social hostilities in these 25 countries – which claim three-quarters of the global population, or more than

  • 2. Harassment of religious groups reaches new peak in 2019
    by Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project on September 30, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    The number of countries and territories where religious groups experienced harassment by governments and social groups reached 190 (out of 198 analyzed) in 2019, a higher number than in any other year of the study. This figure is up from 185 in 2018. The harassment measured in the study includes a wide variety of actions

  • 1. In 2019, decline in number of countries with ‘very high’ government restrictions, social hostilities involving religion
    by Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project on September 30, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Countries with the most extensive government restrictions on religion Government restrictions on religion vary from country to country, and some countries have much higher scores on the Government Restrictions Index (GRI) than others. While all 198 countries and territories included in this study had at least some restrictions on religious activity in 2019, those with higher

  • Globally, Social Hostilities Related to Religion Decline in 2019, While Government Restrictions Remain at Highest Levels
    by Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project on September 30, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Social hostilities involving religion, including violence and harassment against religious groups by private individuals and groups, declined in 2019, according to Pew Research Center’s 12th annual study of global restrictions on religion, which examines 198 countries and territories.

  • Kindness is Paramount in Our Interfaith, Interracial Relationship
    by Kimberly Sara Kabonga on September 29, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    One of the questions David asked me on our first date was, “Are you looking for someone Jewish?” He didn’t waste time getting to the heart of the matter.   “I would prefer someone Jewish,” I said. “It can be easier because certain language is understood The post Kindness is Paramount in Our Interfaith, Interracial Relationship appeared first on 18Doors.

  • The Insanity of Packing My Daughter’s Perfect Jewish Mexican Lunch
    by Anna Keller on September 23, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    I learned the word for bread in English first. The soft syllable already begging for butter, jam, something to spread across our crisp, clean, crunchy alphabet. In Yeshiva (the Jewish school I attended), the word we used was “lechem,” with our tongues hanging out of the mouth at the The post The Insanity of Packing My Daughter’s Perfect Jewish Mexican Lunch appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Fasting on Yom Kippur: All You Need to Know
    by Sean Kelly on September 18, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Return to the Guide to the High Holy Days Guide to the High Holy Days: Symbols and Rituals Fasting on Yom Kippur One of the things Yom Kippur is best known for is the practice of fasting for the duration The post Fasting on Yom Kippur: All You Need to Know appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Grace Gummer and Mark Ronson Head Into the New Year With a Wedding
    by Sophie Mortman on September 14, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    There’s no better way to end a (Jewish) year with a big celebration, and this star-studded couple did just that. Grace Gummer and Mark Ronson shared a Jew-ish ceremony together on an undisclosed date, and the pair shared the news The post Grace Gummer and Mark Ronson Head Into the New Year With a Wedding appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Largest Group of Respondents from Jews of Color Initiative Study Are Interfaith Families
    by Tema Smith on August 13, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    If you’re anything like me, the news that the Jews of Color Initiative commissioned a landmark study exploring the experiences of Jews of Color in the American Jewish community felt extremely exciting and horribly overdue. As a mixed race Jew The post Largest Group of Respondents from Jews of Color Initiative Study Are Interfaith Families appeared first on 18Doors.

  • How to Make Your Website Interfaith Family-Friendly
    by Tema Smith on August 12, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Your website is the welcome mat for your community. It is often the first glimpse of your organization that someone searching for Jewish connection will get, so first impressions are important! With many Jewish organizations hoping to engage interfaith families, The post How to Make Your Website Interfaith Family-Friendly appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Why I Shouldn’t Have Kept Services From My Husband
    by Nataliya Naydorf on August 9, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Yom Kippur two years ago was the first time my husband Andy joined me at our local Chabad for Kol Nidre, a special service on the eve of Yom Kippur. He was running late from work and when he arrived, all the seats were full. I could see The post Why I Shouldn’t Have Kept Services From My Husband appeared first on 18Doors.

  • One Day, Two Ceremonies: Hindu and Jewish
    by Ezra Samuels on August 9, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    When planning an interfaith wedding, it’s beautiful to find meaningful ways to intertwine each other’s traditions. For this Hindu and Jewish couple (who wish to remain anonymous), crafting two separate ceremonies with immediate family—a Hindu ceremony immediately followed by a Jewish one—was the right choice. The bride says, “In The post One Day, Two Ceremonies: Hindu and Jewish appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Rosh Hashanah Shop Guide
    by Lindsey Silken on July 29, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    I hope you’re as excited for Rosh Hashanah this year as I am. After being stuck at home, and hardly able to celebrate at all last year, I’m going all out. These are some of my favorite items to brighten The post Rosh Hashanah Shop Guide appeared first on 18Doors.

  • What We Didn’t Know About Finding a Jewish Officiant
    by Ezra Samuels on July 23, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    When people start planning their weddings, they often think about the decorations, attire and maybe the food. My first task? Finding Jewish clergy to officiate. Ezra and Joe with their dog. Photo by Mary Camu Joe, my fiancé, doesn’t belong The post What We Didn’t Know About Finding a Jewish Officiant appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Julia Haart’s Unorthodox, Interfaith Life
    by Sophie Mortman on July 20, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    The reality show My Unorthodox Life, which just dropped on Netflix, is addictive—and not only because of the extravagant lifestyle that Julia Haart and her family lead. In the span of eight years, she went from an ultra-observant Orthodox Jew, to The post Julia Haart’s Unorthodox, Interfaith Life appeared first on 18Doors.

  • 10 Multicultural Jewish Food Personalities to Follow on Instagram
    by Sophie Mortman on July 7, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    If you’re anything like the staff at 18Doors, you spend way too much time looking at food-related Instagram feeds. Just us? Either way, you don’t have to waste your time going down a babka rabbit hole, because we already did. The post 10 Multicultural Jewish Food Personalities to Follow on Instagram appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Tu B’Av is an Opportunity to Honor Interfaith Couples
    by Tema Smith on July 7, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    The recent Pew Survey of Jewish Americans confirmed what the 2013 Pew Study told us: Interfaith couples are now the majority of Jewish couples in our community. As Jewish professionals, clergy and lay leaders, interfaith families are our constituents—our congregants, The post Tu B’Av is an Opportunity to Honor Interfaith Couples appeared first on 18Doors.

  • What is Yom Kippur? Meaning, Significance & Traditions
    by 18Doors on July 7, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Yom Kippur Cheat Sheet: The basics about what we're celebrating & how to observe The post What is Yom Kippur? Meaning, Significance & Traditions appeared first on 18Doors.

  • What is the Meaning of Rosh Hashanah (a Cheat Sheet)
    by 18Doors on July 6, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Rosh Hashanah (literally “Head of the Year” in Hebrew) is the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is the first of the High Holy Days (or Jewish High Holidays), beginning a 10-day period of soul searching and contemplation that concludes with The post What is the Meaning of Rosh Hashanah (a Cheat Sheet) appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Lauren Monaco Makes a Culinary Splash with Peranakan, Italian American and Jewish Fusion Recipes
    by Sophie Mortman on July 6, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Lauren Monaco Grossman’s home is “a place where multiple cultures coexist,” she explains. Our new recipe contributor—a graphic designer, illustrator and ice cream expert—explores her multiethnic heritage through her, and hopefully your, taste buds. She comes from a Singaporean and The post Lauren Monaco Makes a Culinary Splash with Peranakan, Italian American and Jewish Fusion Recipes appeared first on 18Doors.

  • Rosh Hashanah Guide: When is Rosh Hashanah 2021?
    by 18Doors on July 1, 2021 at 12:00 am

    To read our 20-page Guide to the High Holy Days, check out the links below, or view it as a PDF.   The Meaning of the High Holy DaysHow to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah at HomeFasting on Yom KippurBlowing the ShofarAll The post Rosh Hashanah Guide: When is Rosh Hashanah 2021? appeared first on 18Doors.

  • When Is Hanukkah 2021?
    by 18Doors on June 30, 2021 at 1:17 am

    The Hebrew calendar depends upon the lunar cycle, meaning the dates of Hanukkah (and every Jewish holiday) will differ each year. Hanukkah 2021 will start on the evening of Sunday, November 28, and end on the evening of Monday, December The post When Is Hanukkah 2021? appeared first on 18Doors.