Jewish, Muslim Musicians: We’ll Always Have Tashkent

Posted on March 12th, 2018
BY SANDEE BRAWARSKY for TheJewishWeek/TimesofIsrael

When Tahir Rajabiy and Osher Barayev took the stage at the Center for Jewish History on Monday night, it was the first time the Muslim Uzbek and the Bukharian Jewish musicians had played together in decades — since they grew up together in Tashkent.

For generations, Jews and Muslims played music together in gardens, tea houses and around kitchen tables in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

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The 1970s Romance Comic that Took On Jewish Interfaith Marriage

Posted on March 5th, 2018
Jacque Nodell for

In the 1970s, when my parents fell in love, they were discouraged to marry one another by almost everyone around them because of their different religious backgrounds. My mother was Catholic and my father, Jewish. They ended up marrying in a Methodist church with very little family at their sides.


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My Christian Husband Is Raising My Kids Jewish

Posted on February 26th, 2018

I once saw “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” with a guy I liked. Hilarious culture-clashing antics ensue between the Greek protagonist and her WASPy fiancé, until the families begrudgingly accept each other—the groom immerses himself in Greek culture and the crazy protagonists live happily ever after. Adorable! Easy Peasy!

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How is “Interfaith Purim” Different From All Other Purims? It Isn’t.

Posted on February 19th, 2018

Purim begins the evening of February 28


For interfaith families sharing Judaism and Christianity, spring is busy with holidays. From Christianity, we have Mardi Gras, Lent, Easter. From Judaism, we have Purim, Passover and Shavuot. When I tell folks we are celebrating any of these holidays with our independent interfaith community, I often get questions like, “How is interfaith Purim different from regular (Jewish) Purim?”

And the answer is: it isn’t, at least not in terms of the celebration, the rituals, the liturgy. The point of our interfaith community is not to change the traditions, or merge them, or create a third religion. Rather, the intent is to give our children the deepest experience of these rituals we possibly can, while remaining radically inclusive of who gets to participate, and how.

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Posted on February 12th, 2018
This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily 


Purim Begins the Evening of February 28, 2018

Purim is a Jewish Halloween, a Jewish Mardi Gras and a secular New Year rolled into one. And it is not just a holiday for children who know immediately that anything with a costume will be fun. All Jews are commanded to be silly and celebrate the ancient victory against their adversaries by giving gifts of food to friends and to the poor.

Purim comes in the late winter or early spring. Jews have celebrated by dressing up as both the heroes and villains of the Purim story, as they chase away their winter doldrums and acknowledge that Purim brings springtime.

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Want more? Check out Jvillage Network's Purim Board on Pinterest. 

Want even more information on Purim? Check out Jvillage Network's Purim Guide.