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Weekly Roundup: Portman Pregnant, Generation F, and Joint Custody

All the Jewish parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read.

-Let’s just get this out of the way. Natalie Portman is engaged. And pregnant! The 29-year-old acctress has already said that she wants to raise Jewish kids though her soon to be husband is a French dancer with nary a drop of Jewish blood that our Google fingers can detect.

-They’re calling us “F.” What the F? Our generation of Jews is now being dubbed  “Generation F.” The F here is for “fluid” and they’re referring to our Jewish identity. (The we here being Jews in our 30s who aren’t following exactly in our parents’ spiritual footsteps.) (Jewish Week)

-In Israel, when couple divorce, the mother automatically receives custody of children under age 6. Fathers can petition, but it’s rare that they actually win. A campaign by fathers is trying to challenge that law and as a result something called the Schnitt Commission was formed to investigate the issue. The commission has now issued a recommendation to the Knesset that the default arrangement should be changed so that parents have joint custody. (A Mother in Israel)

Deborah Kolben

Deborah Kolben is Editorial Director/Founding Editor of Kveller. She formerly covered education, crime, and real estate at the New York Daily News and The New York Sun before becoming  the city editor of The New York Sun and the managing editor of  the Village Voice.  She has also written for The New York TimesFinancial TimesThe Forward, and Jerusalem Report. She received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and received an Arthur F. Burns fellowship to report in Germany. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

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