Julie Weiner


Intermarried Couples Raise Children in 2 Faiths

By Julie Weiner

Intermarried Couples Raise Children in 2 Faiths
Intermarried couples used to simply choose one faith or another in which to raise their families. A growing number are choosing both.Read More


Is Slingshot Guide a Rainmaker for Jewish Non-Profits — Or Waste of Time?

By Julie Weiner

Is Slingshot Guide a Rainmaker for Jewish Non-Profits — Or Waste of Time?
Jewish non-profits are divided over the benefits of inclusion in the Slingshot guide. Most say it’s a good tool for fundraising, but others grumble that it’s mostly empty hype.Read More


Liberal Jews Stake Claim to Burial Rituals as Pluralistic Groups Spring Up

By Julie Weiner

Liberal Jews Stake Claim to Burial Rituals as Pluralistic Groups Spring Up
When his cousin died unexpectedly a few years ago, Hal Miller-Jacobs was recruited to oversee the funeral arrangements and wound up helping with the tahara — the traditional preparation of the body for burial.Read More






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