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 By Alix Wall    Features    March 25, 2022

A destination b'nai mitzvah industry is taking shape on Maui, as this teen learned after COVID scrambled her original plans

(JTA) - Feeling the sand between her toes was Teva Goldstein's favorite part of her December 2021 bat mitzvah on the island of Maui. She and her family all wore white, accessorized with purple leis. T...


He was sentenced to life in prison - rescue dogs - and a rabbi - helped him find redemption

VACAVILLE, Calif. (JTA) – Soon after Jon Grobman was released from prison, where he had once thought he would die, he headed back inside voluntarily - this time with canine sidekicks. Grobman was r...

 By Alix Wall    News    March 20, 2020

Texas Jewish teen helps unite Democrats and Republicans

Adam Hoffman isn’t your average American Jewish teen. The grandchild of Holocaust survivors on his mother’s side, he’s a sixth-generation Texan on his father’s side. An Orthodox native of Houston and graduate of Jewish day schools, Hoffman, 19, is... Full story

 By Alix Wall    Features    July 6, 2018

Home cooking classes where Israel and Jewish culture are always on the menu

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)-In the compact, open kitchen of the apartment here that Dalit Gvirtsman shares with her husband, about a dozen women are jostling for space. One is chopping tomatoes, another is... Full story

 By Alix Wall    Features    May 6, 2016

Rock legend Phil Lesh gathers musician friends for a Grateful Dead Passover

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (JTA)-"Why can't we eat veggie burritos tonight? Will I be miracled? Will they play 'The Wheel?' Will Phil sing?" These four additional questions were asked at a Passover seder... Full story


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