Although I am the half that’s not Jewish in an interfaith marriage, my husband never put conversion on the table–not until I brought the question up on my own, three years after we got…married. Shortly after my husband and I first started dating, Ben brought me to Friday night Shabbat services at a large Reform synagogue in Boston. A cantor with a guitar led the congregation in a wordless melody at the beginning of the service, and as the service progressed into as-yet-unfamiliar Hebrew phrases, I appreciated his… >> Read More
I sat in on a video-conference last night, cuddled in an armchair in my living room, the wind blowing snow into thick drifts, marking the return of winter after a few weeks of seductive thaw. The raw…weather suited my mood as I watched the disembodied heads of other community leaders appear on the screen. We were physicians, teachers, small business people—your average collection of middle-class Canadians—each logging in to hear about the topic that is keeping us up at night these days how to keep our communities safe in a time… >> Read More
I formally converted to Judaism one month after I lost my father and two weeks before getting married.
I hadn’t been raised with much religion. I was baptized Lutheran, but always joked that my…parents did that more out of superstition than dogma. They didn’t do much to disabuse me of this notion—we attended services at the local Lutheran church on Christmas Eve, but beyond that and spending a week or so at an Episcopal church camp for a few summers, I didn't have much of a religious identity.… >> Read More
Zooey Deschanel officially announced that she's expecting her second child with her husband Jacob Pechenik. This means her daughter Elsie Otter will become an older sister soon. The couple secretly…got married in June 2015, which is the same year Deschanel gave birth to Elsie. So, what does this mean for her show "New Girl"? Last time when Deschanel was pregnant, her character, Jess, got called away for jury duty. We wonder what the show's writers will cook up this time. In the past, Deschanel has… >> Read More
In case you didn't know, Jenna Jameson is pregnant with her third child, with her Israeli husband Lior Bitton, which was announced back in August. And now, after a curious fan asked about the…baby's name, she confirmed on her Twitter that the baby's name is going to be Hebrew. Yes it is a Hebrew name 😉 https://t.co/wRXVI1PPXm — Jenna Jameson (@jennajameson) November 4, 2016 The 42-year-old self-described “Queen of Porn” is already mom to 7-year-old twin sons Journey and Jesse Ortiz, with her ex-partner Tito Ortiz. She recently posted a photo… >> Read More