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Making Our Way to Shore - A Celebration of Hebrew Naming and Baptism - by Eileen O'Farrell Smith
Making Our Way to Shore - A Celebration of Hebrew Naming and Baptism - by Eileen O'Farrell Smith This new book explores the roots of Jewish and Christian Rites of Initiation in a meaningful and purposeful way for interfaith families who are looking for a way to integrate two sacred religious traditions in their homes. Additionally, the sacred Hebrew Naming ceremony in combination with the Rite of Christian Baptism is presented as a template for those looking to celebrate this rite of welcoming.

Other chapters include an overview of the current literature addressing the needs of Catholic Jewish families; commonly asked questions and answers that interfaith couples face; practical tools that young interfaith families can use as they "grow" their family into faith and a resource section on helpful books and websites.

Eileen O'Farrell Smith is an Irish Catholic from New York, recently widowed from Stephen Smith a Jewish man from Boston, home of his beloved World Champion Red Sox. In 1995, she was awarded a 4-year grant from Lilly Endowment to study how religious faith is formed in children with a Catholic Jewish parent. As a result of that work and her commitment to interfaith families, she was awarded a grant in 2001 from the ACTA Foundation to write this text. She is the proud mother of three awesome young adults. In the spring of 2012, she graduated as a Bernardin Scholar at The Catholic Theological Union, an honor in the name and legacy of the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. Eileen received a Masterís in Theology with a focus on Spirituality and Interreligious Dialogue.

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