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Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel ...

This dreidel is part of the Chanukah decorations on display in the front yard of Rabbi Arnold and Mary Siegel's home. Heritage wrote about this wonderful display in 2019. The message is perfect for...

 

YI Love Jewish hosts virtual ChanukahFest

As Chanukah is a season of miracles for Jews all around the world, the Yiddishkayt Initiative (YILoveJewish.org), is presenting a virtual Chanukah Mini Fest from Nov. 28- Dec. 5 with a lineup of...

 

This Israeli play is being performed across New York City - but only in people's living rooms

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - "Welcome back to live theater!" Yoni Vendriger says, standing before the audience before the show begins. It is, I realize, the first time I've seen a play in a...

 

Gluten-free Churros for Chanukah

It started with a question for Jonathan Gold. Chanukah 2011 was nearing, and a friend sent a query to Ask Mr. Gold, the advice column of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic renowned for...

 

Bake your latkes this Chanukah - You won't regret it

(The Nosher via JTA) — Everyone loves potato latkes, but no one likes the mess of frying them or the guilt associated with eating them. These latkes are baked in the oven and easily won over my...

 
 By Kosher.com    Features    November 26, 2021 

Chanukah stained-glass cookies

This is a fun and colorful Chanukah cookie activity with beautiful results. Main ingredients 1/4 teaspoon Haddar Baking Powder 1/2 cup softened butter 1/2 cup crushed hard candy 1 large egg 1 and...

 

Scene Around

As if you didn't already know ... How about that Jacob Rodney Cohen (with a name like Cohen) was Jewish. Of course you did, even though he is known globally as comedian Rodney Dangerfield! Such a...

 

John Oliver just celebrated 'Look for the Union Label,' a '70s labor jingle with deep Jewish roots

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - If you watched television in the 1970s and early 1980s, chances are you can sing a few bars of "Look for the Union Label," a jingle sung on commercials for the...

 

Jewish History in Film: Post-War Europe and a sobering search for identity

Over seven years ago, Martin Scorsese unveiled his series “Masterpieces of Polish Cinema” at the Lincoln Center, highlighting works mostly made between the 1950s and the 1970s. During this time, Poland produced such masterpieces as Andrzej...

 

The Sephardic Spice Girls helped me connect with my Jewish roots

Jewish cooking in my family has always been an act of revival and reconnection. My family, though very dedicated to Judaism, has very few Jewish recipes that have been preserved throughout the generations. Growing up, I felt disconnected from Jewish...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    November 26, 2021 

Here's what Marty Markowitz, former Brooklyn borough president, has to say about Marty Markowitz of 'The Shrink Next Door'

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Marty Markowitz, the former borough president of Brooklyn, has never listened to the popular podcast called “The Shrink Next Door.” He’s only vaguely aware that it’s now a TV series with an A-list cast. He...

 

The magnitude of destruction on Kristallnacht

On the night of Nov. 9, 1938, synagogues, Jewish schools and Jewish-owned businesses were targeted in violent riots throughout Nazi Germany. This map shows many of the synagogues destroyed on...

 

'Tis the season of Chanukah misfires - and chastened retailers

(JTA) - "Deck the halls with matzo balls"? Chanukah menorahs with 12 candles? Products with misfired Chanukah messages have been drawing gripes for years, but this year major retailers are responding...

 

8 tipsy nights: A beer drinker's guide to Chanukah

In most Jewish holidays, wine gets the spotlight. Chanukah is not one of those holidays! When it comes to Chanukah, it's all about the fried foods like latkes and jelly donuts. Sure, wine enthusiasts...

 

Hidden Veggie Latkes

Ingredients 1 large russet potato, peeled 1 large zucchini, peeled 1/2 head of cauliflower 1/2 yellow onion 1 clove of garlic, finely minced 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 2...

 

The easiest jelly donut recipe ever

Latkes are far more popular during Hanukkah than donuts here in the U.S. While you can find latkes in the freezer section of almost every major supermarket, good quality sufganiyot are much harder to...

 

Scene Around

Who knew? Of course I did ... First of all, author Daniel Keyes (born Daniel Korzenstein) was my first cousin. His mom, my aunt Betty, and my mom, Sally, were sisters. Danny's little sister, GAIL, and...

 

Making Chanukah with children meaningful

Chanukah can be a great time for simple and fun family art projects. There is a custom for each member of the family to have his/her own menorah. This year, why not make your own? You can buy lots of small votive candles (yahrtzeit candles are an...

 

This forgotten Chanukah heroine deserves all the love

By (Alma via JTA) -- Chanukah season means latkes, menorahs and the retelling of the classic story about Judah and the Maccabees. But there's a woman from a few hundred years before Judah was around...

 

Fun ways to incorporate Jewish values into your family's Chanukah

For Jewish children, the excitement of Chanukah is often connected to the promise of receiving gifts — usually one for each of the eight nights. For parents, however, the gift-buying and gift-giving can start to feel like a long-running episode of...

 

A prolific Jewish writer has collected 4,000 tiny dreidels found by Eastern European treasure hunters

(JTA) - Even when Arthur Kurzweil sits by himself in his study, he doesn't feel that he's alone. After all, he has the dreidels - all 4,000 of them. Kurzweil, 70, is a prolific author and editor who h...

 

Good Chanukah shows and movies for kids are hard to find - but these few were worth the search

(JTA) - "Arthur's Perfect Christmas," the 2000 TV movie, begins with Arthur sitting at the piano in his jammies singing about how this Christmas is going to be magical - the best one yet. It's clear w...

 

Andrew Zimmern's perfect potato latkes

These potato latkes are so good that posting the recipe alone is a mitzvah of the highest order. The Festival of Lights refers to a lamp in the temple that was supposed to have only enough oil to...

 

The real Jewish story behind the Will Ferrell-Paul Rudd series 'The Shrink Next Door'

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - One of the first images of "The Shrink Next Door," the limited series premiering Friday on Apple TV+, is of a smiling man wearing a huge kippah, chatting at a party...

 

Netflix short film, 'Camp Confidential: America's Secret Nazis,' leaves viewers cringing

(JNS) - It was basically the complete opposite of what they expected. A group of German Jews who fled Hitler and Nazi Germany, and who signed up to be American soldiers, wanted to exact revenge....

 

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