Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah Traditions

By IFFP Member David Quigley I am David Quigley. I am (obviously) the Jewish half of the Quigley marriage.  My wife Angela and I joined IFFP in 2001 –ish.  Our daughter Hannah is 16 and a Coming Of Age grad and our son Elliot is in fourth grade.  I have to admit, I...
Interfaith Weddings: Shir and Trevor Smith

Interfaith Weddings: Shir and Trevor Smith

Despite the pandemic, we were married on May 30, 2020 on our original wedding date. Reverend Julia and Cantor Manovich stood masked beside us as we stood under our wedding chuppah. Although we postponed our wedding celebrations, we were ready to be married after 6...
St. Francis and the Wolf

St. Francis and the Wolf

by IFFP Member Dr. Dan Griffin October 4th is St. Francis’ feast day. You can tell when you pass a church and see a line of cats & dogs (and their humans) waiting to get inside. When many people think of St. Francis, they think of the brownish garden statue of the...
The Refuge of Faith in Difficult Times

The Refuge of Faith in Difficult Times

By IFFP Member David Bigge This month’s blog post asks a direct question: how do we cultivate joy in dark or difficult times?   Our religious traditions, of course, primarily link joy with faith.  As Paul writes in Philippians chapter 4, verse 4:...
The Rollercoaster Month of Av

The Rollercoaster Month of Av

A Reflection from Rabbi Debbie July 22nd is the start of the Hebrew month of Av. This month includes one of the lowest points of the Jewish calendar year and one of the highest. Describing it as a rollercoaster seems more apt this year than most.Av starts with 9 days...
Going “Online” with Interfaith Families

Going “Online” with Interfaith Families

by John Mills We’ve all been in some form of lockdown for several weeks now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The mildest way to describe our current situation is that it’s a very weird time. It feels like the answer to an impossible hypothetical. “What would you do if...
Blessing of the Interfaith Babies

Blessing of the Interfaith Babies

Blessing of the Interfaith Babies Reposted with permission from Susan Katz Miller’s Blog “Being Both.” As IFFP prepares to bless our babies virtually this year, a fond and meaningful look back . Read more at https://onbeingboth.wordpress.com/...
“Hineini” – Answering the Burning Bush

“Hineini” – Answering the Burning Bush

David Bigge April 6, 2020 When I attended Hebrew School as a child, there were two possible answers when the teacher called our names while taking attendance.  We could say “ani po,” which literally means “I am here.” Or we could say “hineini,” which is an old...