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Typhoon Haiyan relief provided by Jewish groups

Jewish groups organized relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. Authorities said it is possible that more than 10,000 people died...

 

New books: Marvelous menorahs, purple gorillas and back to '64 Berkeley

BOSTON (JTA)-A gift-giving, angst-ridden purple gorilla is among the characters who help enliven the Chanukah celebrations in eight new holiday books for children, families and young adults. One,...

 

For Thanksgivukkah celebrations, planning and simplicity lighten the load

NEW YORK (JTA)-The phenomenon this year of Chanukah and Thanksgiving coinciding could mean even larger family gatherings than usual. So here are some tips: Plan the menus well ahead of the special...

 

Famed Christmas 'Elf on the Shelf' meets its Jewish match: 'Mensch on a Bench'

When his son asked for The Elf on the Shelf-the famed Christmas toy that is said to keep an eye on children and report back to Santa Claus regarding their behavior-entrepreneur Neal Hoffman said he...

 

On Chanukah, daughters dream and fathers scheme

It was the second night of Chanukah and the house was full of her excited grandchildren, who shrieked and wailed and chattered like the construction crew that worked on the Tower of Babel. Was it totally random, the old lady wondered, or was there a...

 

New Chanukah stamp for 2013

The United States Postal Service recently introduced a new Chanukah stamp. The 2013 Chanukah stamp features a photograph of a beautiful forged-iron menorah created by Vermont blacksmith Steven...

 

Scene Around

I never served... Veteran's Day was celebrated with a delicious dinner out for me and my spouse. It was free for him because he is a veteran. My meal was not free because I never was in the military....

 

Holocaust Center Religion 201: How can love and suffering coexist?

The second meeting of the Holocaust Center's Religion 201 series, held Oct. 22, presented another unique opportunity to talk about how different faith communities view the world and its meaning. The...

 

Survivors talk about Kristallnacht

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the "night of broken glass" that scholars identify as the beginning of Hitler's Final Solution. Arts and cultural groups throughout Central...

 

Curried sweet potato latkes solve the Thanksgivukkah dilemma

This year for the first time since 1861, Thanksgiving and Chanukah overlap. The holiday mashup is creating a cooking quandary for those who will honor both celebrations. Just what do you serve? Here, a recipe for Curried Sweet Potato Latkes given to...

 

Pass the cranberry latkes: When holidays collide

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—If the Pilgrims are lighting menorahs and the Maccabees are chasing turkeys, it must be Thanksgivukkah, as some have come to call the confluence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah that will happen this year on Nov. 28. It’s a rare eve...

 

At Thanksgivukkah, celebrate uniqueness of the separate holidays

NEW YORK (JTA)-Some folks are taking the rare confluence this year of Thanksgiving and Chanukah to heart, renaming it Thanksgivukkah, redesigning their menus for the occasion (latkes topped with...

 

Sufganiyot: oil, calories and the Garden of Eden

When you think of Chanukah, the first food that comes to mind is probably the latke. While the potato pancake certainly has its virtues, its oily cousin, the sufganiya has it own unique pleasures....

 

Rabbis raised with Christmas: Growing number come from intermarriages

NEW YORK (JTA)—When Eric Woodward started rabbinical school at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, he assumed he would be be the only student who grew up celebrating Christmas along with Hanukkah. But midway through his train...

 

Choosing the right tablet for kids this Chanukah

(StatePoint) Everyone is using technology to stay connected these days-especially kids. And Chanukah is a great time to think about getting your kids a device to keep them plugged in and learning at...

 

AIPAC and Hillel: Working on campus to expand support for Israel

The Jewish community is rightly concerned with a campus environment that is too often hostile to Israel. Public demonstrations, inflammatory language and personal attacks by anti-Israel organizations seek to exploit the spirit of open debate and...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Firing of bearded Hasidic police recruit ruled religious discrimination (JTA)—A Hasidic police recruit who said he was fired from the New York Police Department because he would not trim his beard was the victim of religious discrimination, a...

 

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