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Front Page News Today + Facebook Live Tomorrow

Dear Lab/Shul,

TOMORROW NIGHT I will finally reveal my proposal for a new nuance in North American Jewish identity. It’s already creating waves: “Why This Renegade Rabbi Says He Can Marry Jews — And The Jew-ish is on the front cover of The Forward this week, written by editor-in-chief Jane Eisner. This is a hot topic with many reactions. Please scroll down for an invitation from the Forward to add your voice to this conversation.

JOIN US! It’s not too late to join us tomorrow night in the Lower East Side. Reserve your seat to be on the front lines of history in the making.

LIVE ONLINE! We’ll be streaming the entire event via Facebook Live – tune in to our Facebook page at 7:00pm EST tomorrow, June 13th.

READ IT! The proposal will be published on our website tomorrow for a free download. I look forward to your feedback.

SUPPORT! Please help us make this big deal even bigger with a gift to mark the moment. Contribute to make sure we continue to pioneer our “Everybody-Friendly” vision. Thank you for your generous gift.

This proposal marks my rabbinic first-fruit offering – a harvest of voices, with hope for less anxiety and more love, a humble offering of joy.

Here’s to love, community, and joy.

– Rabbi Amichai


Intermarriage has always been a controversial subject, and the Forward would love to hear from our community. If you or a loved one are intermarried, were you married by a rabbi? Under a chuppah? How do you balance your beliefs and practices with those of your spouse?

If you have stories, anecdotes or memories that you would like to share and have published in the Forward, please send them to community@forward.com. Conversely, if you believe that accepting non-Jewish spouses is problematic for the Jewish continuity, please tell us why — and share your stories, too.