Celebrating 25 Years of Tikkun Olam at IFFP

Celebrating 25 Years of Tikkun Olam at IFFP

By IFFP Board Member Jill Fioravanti The concept of ‘tikkun olam,’ which can be traced back to Hebrew prayers and Jewish mystical tradition, focuses on “repairing the world.” The desire to personally and collectively work toward a more socially equitable,...
Tu B’shvat and the Tree of life

Tu B’shvat and the Tree of life

A Reflection by Rabbi Debbie Reichmann It is strange to talk about the New Year for Trees, Tu B’shvat the traditional celebration of early Spring, during a snowstorm. The holiday’s original purpose was to demarcate one year’s crop from the next for tithing purposes....
Why We Gather

Why We Gather

By IFFP Graduate and COA Teacher Jared McGrath Happy New Year and Welcome Back to Gathering. Welcome to our guests, friends and family. In reflection of our 25th anniversary, the Epiphany and the New Year, I’d like to share a perspective on “Why We...
A Message from the IFFP Board & Staff

A Message from the IFFP Board & Staff

Dear IFFP Community, We would like to add to the many statements made today by organizations about yesterday’s horrific attack on the US Capitol. We hope that all of your loved ones are safe and were not in harm’s way during yesterday’s events.  Processing this...
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...