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 By Arielle Kaplan    Features    April 3, 2020 

I asked Alexa questions about Passover-here's what happened

(Kveller via JTA)—My relationship with Amazon’s Alexa is complicated. I love that she’s politically informed and shares the latest news with me, and she has really great taste in music. Since she’s come into my life, I can’t imagine not...

 
 By Marilyn Shapiro    Features    April 3, 2020 

May the coronavirus passover us all

Biblical Irony: Passover seder may be delayed by the plague. Facebook meme One of Judaism’s most important holidays officially begins with the first seder on April 8. Pesach in the time of coronavirus, however, will be very different. During these...

 
 By Emily Paster    Features    April 3, 2020 

5 flours that will change your Passover desserts

On Passover, Jews are prohibited from consuming any foods made with five familiar grains: wheat, oats, rye, spelt (which is actually just an ancient form of wheat) and barley. These grains are considered hametz because of their ability to ferment...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    April 3, 2020 

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Curb your Enthusiasm... While watching "Curb your Enthusiam" recently, actor/producer/director/writer of the television show (and formerly producer/writer of the very successful television show...

 
 By Emanuelle Lee    Features    April 3, 2020 

Leftover haroset? Try this chicken with thyme recipe

(The Nosher via JTA) – Haroset is one of the most important food components of the Passover seder. Its intense sweetness symbolizes the optimism in contrast to the bitter maror and salty water, which remind us of our ancestors’ suffering. Every...

 

Jewish mom creates book outlining coronavirus to kids

(JNS)-A Jewish mother in Maryland created an illustrated online book in a PDF format that helps parents explain to preschoolers and toddlers the school closings due to coronavirus. "My School is Close...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    April 3, 2020 

Passover in a pandemic: Families on Zoom, solo seders and broken traditions

(JTA)-Rena Munster was looking forward to hosting a Passover seder for the first time. In past years, her parents or another relative hosted the meal. But this year she had invited her parents,...

 

6 tips for hosting a solo Passover seder

Passover is among the most celebrated of Jewish festivities, a time when families typically gather together from wherever they may be dispersed to engage in the ritual retelling of the exodus from Egypt. Circumstances don’t always allow for large...

 

This is what our interfaith seder is like

(Kveller via JTA)—Born into a Catholic family with a Jewish surname, I should have expected I would one day find myself leading a Passover seder. To date, my husband Larry and I have hosted nine seders, eight of which I’ve had the honor to lead....

 

Welcome to Mount Hermon, Israel's only ski mountain-it shuts down when it snows

MOUNT HERMON, Israel (JTA)-Standing on a peak atop Israel's highest mountain on a dazzlingly bright February morning, I had just stepped into my skis and begun to descend when I heard someone yelling...

 

SupermanHPV still fighting the good fight against HPV-related cancers

(aka Lois Lane*) Last year, Jason Mendelsohn (aka SupermanHPV) spoke on Capitol Hill at a Congressional Briefing titled "Let's End HPV-related Cancers." During his talk, in which he shared his...

 

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Some personal thoughts... Joan Rivers was a friend. She once said, "whenever I hit bottom, the only thing I think of has been set down by Jerome Kern (another Jew and, of course, a great composer))....

 

Fearing end of the world, man returns ancient stolen relic

(ISRAEL21c)-Fifteen years after he filched a 2,000-year-old ballista stone from a Jerusalem archaeological site, an anonymous Israeli arranged to return it to the Israel Antiquities Authority. The...

 

Words of encouragement in response to the coronavirus

In Yeshiva/Rabbinical School, the community underwent multiple tragedies/difficulties in a short period. One of my rabbis told me at that time something that has stayed with me until today, giving me the support and inspiration during difficult...

 

Israel's Arab problem

Now that former Chief of Staff General Benny Gantz, has been tasked with forming the next Israeli government by President Rivlin, it’s time to take a look to see how we got here and how this relates to Israel’s Arabs. Far from being an apartheid...

 

9 incredible donations to the US Holocaust Museum from New York family artifacts

NEW YORK (JTA)-A hand-drawn portrait of a young man in a French internment camp. A photo of a Jewish girl who survived the Holocaust by hiding in a monastery. A letter detailing efforts to improve...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    March 27, 2020

The temple of Zoom (Video Conferencing) is upon us

The new coronavirus, aka COVID 19, is upon the world. It happened so quickly that our Jewish leaders had to react: No coming to temple. Adhere to the guidelines limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. Exercise social distancing. The following is...

 
 By Faygie Holt    Features    March 27, 2020

How to teach the lessons of the Holocaust in the school classroom

(JNS)-Imagine a teacher assigning a Holocaust-related project to a high school student in the United States, such as the creation of the "ideal concentration camp" or a Nazi cereal box. Or maybe the...

 
 By JTA Staff    Features    March 20, 2020

Rabbis give spiritual guidance in handling the coronavirus crisis

(JTA)—At this point, we know well how to wash our hands to protect ourselves from the coronavirus. But how do we soothe our souls? When we recently asked for stories about how local Jewish communities are adapting to the public health threat, we...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    March 20, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Meet the multi-talented Rabbi David Kay

Born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago, Rabbi David Kay of Congregation Ohev Shalom grew up in an area rife with anti-Semitism. This was the late 1960s, early '70s. Surrounding their tiny Je...

 

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"Representatives of the World Jewish Congress met with JAN HAMACEK, minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic, as a follow-up to methodology provided by the WJC to the government for protecting...

 

Walter Goldstein's celebration of life was all music, laughter and light

Sometimes sad things happen in beautiful ways. Ways that make you think about the blessings in your life. Ways that make it important to tell those that you love how special they are, and times that l...

 

These 7 Jewish actresses shaped Hollywood as we know it

This story originally appeared on Alma. Both on screen and behind the scenes, Jewish directors, producers and writers are credited with developing the Hollywood system as we know it today. These...

 

'King of Weed': Meet the Jewish mogul who's smokin' the competition

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California)-Michael Steinmetz was uncertain about inviting his grandmother to visit his marijuana factory in Mendocino County. Masha Steinmetz is 89 and an observant...

 

How to make pastrami gravlax and impress your friends

Tell someone you made the gravlax at your next brunch and I promise they will be impressed. The truth is that gravlax is a surprisingly simple dish to make. There is no actual cooking involved, but...

 

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