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  • These 10 iconic Debbie Friedman songs are exactly what we need right now

    Maddy Albert|Feb 5, 2021

    It's hard to believe, but Saturday marks 10 years since the passing of Jewish musical icon Debbie Friedman, who died of pneumonia on Jan. 9, 2011, at age 59. If you grew up in the Reform movement - especially if you ever attended a Shabbat song session at a Reform Jewish camp - you are undoubtedly familiar with the singer-songwriter's vast and gorgeous musical repertoire. Influenced by folk artists like Peter, Paul and Mary, Friedman's music is modern, moving and wide ranging, from the soothing...

  • A Jewish bartender's 5 tips for perfectly delicious homemade cocktails

    Maddy Albert|Jan 15, 2021

    It's been a unique and challenging year for all of us; learning how to find joy and relax is more important than ever. One of our favorite ways to chill out is with a homemade cocktail. Don't know where to start? Well, you're in luck! Jewish mixologist and Detroit native Chas Williams - you might know him as the previous head bartender at Ferndale's Oakland Art and Novelty Company, or as the creator of the famed matzah ball cocktail (made with real schmaltz!) - shared his top five tips for...

  • Hummus pizza is actually delicious

    Maddy Albert|Nov 13, 2020

    When we think of pizza, most of us think of a combination of marinara sauce, melty cheese and crispy crust. But not all pies need to include these ingredients. Enter: hummus pizza. Yes, it exists, and it's kind of awesome. This innovation often includes the usual trappings of a Mediterranean veggie pizza, like olives, a rainbow of vegetables and doughy crust. But instead of adding cheese and sauce, you use hummus as a substitute. In other words, hummus pizza may look less like a traditional...