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How grandparents are coming to terms with grandchildren raised in a different religion

PAULA HELLMAN approaches the Jewish holidays with conflicting emotions. The 60-year-old education director at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, a reform congregation in Great Barrington, Mass., has grown more deeply involved with the Jewish community in recent years, but her daughter Tara has chosen a different path. She married a Baptist in 1995, converted to his religion and is raising their child Caleb in that faith. "Each year, as I get ready for the High Holidays, I think how much I miss sharing the holidays with my grandson," she says. "I love Caleb so much and want to support his path to...

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