About Robin Margolis

 Robin Margolis is the Coordinator of the Half-Jewish Network, the largest international organization for adult children and other descendants of intermarriage www.half-jewish.net. She is a rabbinical student at the Rabbinical Seminary International http://www.rabbinicalseminaryint.org/rsi.htm. She is the founder of the Inclusivist Judaism Coalition, a group creating a 21st century Judaism open to all, currently located at: http://inclusivistjudaism.wordpress.com. She currently lives "between" Washington, DC and New York City. Her views represent the Half-Jewish Network and the Inclusivist Judaism Coalition, not her rabbinic program.

Defending J.D. Salinger’s Half-Jewish Roots

By February 4, 2010

I was reading Virginia Heffernan‘s article for Tablet about her encounter as a young woman with J.D. Salinger in Cornish, NH.  Salinger died at age 91 on January 28th, 2010.  Heffernan, who is a convert,  reflected nicely on his half-Jewish … Read More

Why Many Jewish Outreach Workers Ignore Half-Jewish People

By January 21, 2010

Jewish outreach professionals complain constantly that younger Jews with two Jewish parents are bored with Judaism and are constantly wandering off to join Buddhist zendos and Hindu ashrams, conjuring up an image of disobedient and insolent young lambs scattering defiantly … Read More

What Will Happen When Judaism Accepts Half-Jewish People?

By December 8, 2009

As the leader of the Half-Jewish Network, I always assume that I have all the answers on what half-Jewish people need. Why should I be any different from the all-knowing leaders of any other Jewish organization? The Half-Jewish Network may … Read More

What Do Half-Jewish People Want from the Jewish Establishment?

By November 18, 2009

Many Jewish groups are tired of listening to me badger them — by email, listserv, message board, phone, and carrier pigeon — for specific outreach to adult children and grandchildren of intermarriage. Some of them wish I and the Half-Jewish … Read More

The Magenta Elephant in the Room: When Interfaith People Visit Israel

By October 20, 2009

I sometimes think if I receive one more email inviting me to send half-Jewish people to Israel on trips or special tours for interfaith families, I’m going to have a neural meltdown. It’s not the kindly trip invitations that get … Read More

Judaism In the Year 2040

By October 8, 2009

As the Coordinator of the Half-Jewish Network, the largest international organization for adult children and other descendants of intermarriage, I sit through endless debates on outreach listservs and message boards about the future of Judaism, while keeping one eye on … Read More