Navigating The Challenges In Deciding Religious Practices

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If you and your partner differ in observance, or if you’re in an interfaith marriage, you may struggle to make decisions about your family’s religious practices that work for everyone. As a clinical psychologist and couples therapist, I frequently help partners navigate these conversations so that they can reduce their tension and get more of […]

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Daily Dreidel: A Hanukkah Activity For Couples 

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Hanukkah approaches. In this busy season, it’s easy to neglect your relationship as you get swept up in cooking, making the holiday special, and shuttling kids back and forth. If your relationship could use a fresh look and some intentional care, give this playful take on the game of dreidel a spin. If you have […]

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How To Make An Interfaith Marriage Work

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All partners grapple with differences, but differences in religion can feel particularly tough. If you and your partner differ religiously, either in observance or in faith tradition altogether, you might find yourself wondering if your differences doom your marriage. As a clinical psychologist and couples therapist, I help partners manage all kinds of differences, including […]

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September 2019 Get the Folk Out!

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Sorry, this one’s a little late & after the long weekend, friends. I’m guessing (hoping?) I’m not alone in September sneaking up on me. Last night, I saw the first leaves of the year drop with a gust of wind… but then, my spirits were picked right back up watching everyone go to school for […]

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Old & New Jewish Singles Groups Hope To Take Off

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The Jewish Singles Collaborative (JSC) is struggling. There’s plenty of interest with about 150 organizations and 650 people on the email list, but the sole volunteer — Cindy Dubansky — said not enough people are willing to volunteer. Dubansky, a social worker, sends out tailored newsletters two to three times a month with events in […]

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5 Date Nights For While Your Kids Are at Camp (Summer 2019 Update!)

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Hello and welcome to the 2019 edition of  “Date Nights For While Your Kids Are at Camp”! It’s summertime again and I am still happily childless and here to tell you what the eff is cool around town this summer*. While the oldies from last summer are still solid options, we’re trying to keep it […]

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An Open Letter to Those Considering Honeymoon Israel

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Dear fellow Jewish couples in whatever form that is for you, Shalom! I’m Ian, a formerly Jewish, then Jew-“ish,” and now again Jewish person who only very recently opens any sort of letter with “Shalom.” Presumably, you’re reading this because you’re curious about Honeymoon Israel, a.k.a. “Birthright, but much more progressive, and with way less […]

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Looking For Love In Jerusalem

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Jerusalem is to some American Jews what New York is to some aspiring actors: a good place to wash up for a while and dream of better things. And when it comes to love in this city of gold, the same holds true. You meet your soulmate at Hebrew ulpan classes after immigrating to Israel, […]

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

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Local NJG & NJB have won Minnesota’s NJC Award (Minnesota Nice Jewish Couple) after they officially began dating this Valentine’s Day, sources close to their grandmothers said. “He came up to me on Birthright and said ‘your face Israeli cute,’ and that was basically it,” said Rebecca Blerberg, 26, from Minneapolis. “After that, we were […]

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