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Action Alert from StandWithUs

From June 29th to July 3rd, America's largest labor union, the National Education Association (NEA) will vote on two motions attacking Israel -New Business Item 29 (NBI 29) and New Business Item 51 (NBI 51). Urge your state and national NEA leaders...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 25, 2021 

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So maybe that's why I'm funny? ... (I DIDN'T SAY FUNNY LOOKING!) Pointing out more Jewish funnymen of my day, I must include Groucho, Harpo and Chico Marx. (Born in New York City, of course.) I also...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    June 25, 2021 

'The Shrink Next Door,' a dark Jewish-themed podcast

(JTA) - "The Shrink Next Door," a 2019 reported podcast about a Jewish psychiatrist on the Upper West Side of Manhattan who takes control of the life of one of his Jewish patients, is being made into...

 
 By Rachel Ringler    Features    June 25, 2021 

What is an egg cream and why is it so Jewish?

An egg cream was my father's kitchen claim to fame. He assembled them with great flourish - Fox's U-Bet chocolate syrup, cold milk from a glass bottle, and a long, hard shpritz of seltzer followed by...

 
 By Simi Horwitz    Features    June 18, 2021

Shira Haas gives life to a devastating illness in the decorated Israeli film 'Asia'

(JTA) - Shira Haas, the Israeli actress who vaulted into superstardom with her roles in the TV series "Shtisel" and "Unorthodox," has a track record of playing multifaceted characters. Nonetheless, sh...

 

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I need laughter. (We all do!) ... I recently saw on television (naturally) a television special. ROBERT KLEIN (and his harmonica and jokes) was the star. I also saw Don Rickles (super funny!) And one...

 

If you want this delectable Jewish pastry, you'll have to go to Cleveland

Russian tea biscuits are so much a part of Cleveland's landscape that locals are surprised to learn that these rugelach-like pastries are from their hometown. As a Clevelander, I didn't discover the...

 

The Jewish history of Bazooka bubble gum

Chew on this: One of America's most iconic gum brands was originally a Jewish-owned tobacco business.   In 1891, Morris Chigorinsky emigrated from Russia to the United States, where in the early...

 

42 Jewish delis, 1 motorcycle: The Great American Deli Schlep aims to raise awareness about hunger

(JTA) — Motorcyclist Steve Goode is on the way to Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But on a recent phone call from a hotel room, he doesn’t know exactly where he is. “Indiana, in … what the hell town am I in?” he says with a...

 

A bake sale to combat antisemitism draws high-profile Jewish foodies, but few non-Jewish allies

(JTA) - When Daniela Weiner heard about a virtual bake sale against antisemitism, the Chicago pastry chef and food photographer didn't think twice about joining. Weiner is not Jewish. But she has par...

 

Anne Frank's famous optimism gets a bluegrass twang

(JTA) - If anyone can pull off a bluegrass song about Anne Frank, it's Nefesh Mountain, a husband-and-wife duo from New Jersey that has been a standard-bearer of Jewish bluegrass for years. The group...

 

Graduation marks new class of leaders in Jewish law

(JNS) — The Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership of the Ohr Torah Stone network commemorated the graduation of its 2021 class, attended by hundreds of family and friends. Three women—Rabbanit Dr. Hannah Hashkes, Rabbanit...

 

How to involve virtual guests at a 'hybrid' bar or bat mitzvah

This article originally appeared on Kveller. Fully virtual bar and bat mitzvahs are, happily, no longer a necessity in many places. Whether you are including a few people in an IRL event, or even hosting a small crowd in, say, your backyard, most fam...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    June 11, 2021

Jews in the Land of Disney: The 'human factor' in serving a higher purpose

Like many American Jews, Michael Fineberg, Ph.D.'s paternal grandparents emigrated from Lithuania and Russia, his maternal grandparents from Romania and Austria, arriving by boat to the United States...

 

Congratulations to the graduates

My social media has been full of proud parents posting pictures of their high school, college, and graduate school graduates which no doubt comes with extra meaning on the heels of a pandemic that’s interrupted so many of our lives. As happy as I...

 

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What a brilliant and talented people we are ... If you watch the TV show "Shark Tank," you will be familiar with MARK CUBAN, a brilliant billionaire, among other brilliant billionaires. Mark is...

 

6 Jewish delis run by women that you need to know about

Not long ago, there were ominous reports about the fate of Jewish delis. Lovers of pastrami and chopped liver wrung their hands. While it's undeniable that there are far fewer Jewish delis today than...

 
 By JTA    Features    June 11, 2021

Out from the cold, into the light

Josh was 8 years old when his parents sent him to Jewish summer camp for the first time. Even though he had issues like ADHD that made school challenging, they figured the informal, open environment...

 

Black-Jewish relations in America

The earliest Jews in the North American colonies related to Africans and their American-born offspring in the same ways most other white European colonists did. These Jews, largely immigrants from...

 

A new museum in New Orleans puts the family histories of Southern Jews on display

By NEW ORLEANS (JTA) - Janis Rabin's family emigrated from Poland, eventually settling in Bogalusa, Louisiana. For years, she and her relatives had kept memories and stories of their family's Jewish...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 4, 2021

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I can't say it enough. How proud I am ... I recently watched the movie "The Sandpiper" on television. (Again, I repeat: What else is there to do these days?) It starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    June 4, 2021

Film Review: Surviving former Nazis give their 'Final Account' in new documentary

(JTA) - There is a remarkable scene toward the end of the new documentary "Final Account," a collection of eyewitness testimonies of the Nazi regime from elderly Germans and Austrians who remember it...

 

Book Review: Reclaiming family property and finding Nazi treasures

I don't usually do book reviews, I really don't have time. But this book, "Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure," by Menachem Kaiser, was "not-put-downable." As Kaiser wrote in his b...

 
 By June Hersh    Features    May 28, 2021

This blintz recipe survived the Holocaust

(JTA) — Blintzes are one of Shavuot’s most popular dishes. Long associated with Ashkenazi cooking, the light and airy hug of the blintz pancake envelops pillowy fillings such as whipped...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 28, 2021

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How lucky I am ... I've had five careers in my life so far... wife, mother, dancer, singer and journalist. Of course, the most important were wife and mother! Especially, the way my husband of 55...

 

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