Being Both by Susan Katz Miller

Interfaith Book for Holidays

I strongly believe that there is no harm in children learning about all religions. In the process, children will learn to love their own religion, customs, and traditions even more. And in my personal experience, children raised in Interfaith families learn to appreciate both faiths by practicing both in their home.

In Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family Susan Katz Miller discusses raising kids in interfaith marriages. The author explains that nearly half of the marriages in the U.S. over the last decade have been between people of different faiths, and many of those families are raising children fully in both parents.

In Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, the author draws on original surveys and interviews with parents, students, teachers, and clergy, as well as on her own journey, to chronicle this controversial grassroots movement.

Miller argues that there are distinct benefits for families who reject the choice of “either/or” and instead embracing being both.

Reporting on hundreds of parents and children who celebrate two religions, she documents why couples make this choice, and how children appreciate dual-faith education. But often families who choose both have trouble finding supportive clergy and community.

Miller includes advice and resources for interfaith families planning baby — welcoming and coming-of-age ceremonies, and seeking to find or form interfaith education programs.

She also addresses the difficulties that interfaith families can encounter, wrestling with spiritual questions (“Will our children believe in God?”) and challenges (“How do we talk about Jesus?”). And finally, looking beyond Judaism and Christianity, Being Both provides the first glimpse of the next interfaith wave: intermarried Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist couples raising children in two religions. 

Chocolate and Vanilla Pinwheel Cookies

Cooking for Families

When I was a child we called these pinwheel cookies icebox cookies. The are impressive looking cookies, but they are not difficult to make. They are great to bring to a holiday cookie swap or simply to serve to your Nanny Family for the holiday season.

You Will Need:

1-3/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/8 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup Butter at Room Temperature

1 Egg

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

What to Do:

1. Combine 3/4 cup flour, cocoa, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and baking soda in a bowl.

2. In separate bowl combine the remaining 1 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

3. On medium-high speed, beat the sugar and butter for 3 minutes. Beat in the egg.

4. Beat half of sugar mixture into cocoa mixture until chocolate dough forms.

5. Beat vanilla and remaining sugar mixture into remaining reserved flour mixture.

6. Between sheets of wax paper, roll each dough into 12” x 9” rectangle. Remove top sheets of paper.

7. Flip chocolate dough over vanilla dough. Remove top sheet of waxed paper.

8. Beginning at the short end of the dough and using the wax paper as a guide, tightly roll up the dough.

9. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and freeze one hour or up to two days.
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray.

10. Unwrap dough and cut it into 24 (1/4 inch thick) slices.

11. Transfer to baking sheets placing cookings 2 inches apart. Bake until the edges are golden, 10 – 12 minutes. Cool.

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