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Bruce Gould produces Menachem Begin film to be shown virtually April 14-29

Long-time philanthropist, community leader and dedicated Zionist, Bruce Gould has a new role - producer of a documentary portraying the complex and consequential life of the late Israeli prime...

 
 By Wendy Kalman    Features    April 9, 2021 

A fight to save Jewish history

*Mattan Segev-Frank is a man with a mission. And while he has singlehandedly already begun making an impact, he knows that the issues he is concerned about are much larger than any single person....

 

Virtual event marking Israel's 73rd anniversary

On Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m., EDT, The Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Hayesod and additional partners will host a one-hour virtual event to mark Israel’s 73rd Independence Day. The event will begin...

 

The Jews who call Florida's massive retirement community The Villages home

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. (JTA) - When Ellen Faulkner told her friends that she was moving to The Villages, the sprawling senior community in Central Florida, they cautioned her: There was no Jewish life...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    April 9, 2021 

Scene Around

There is no end... I am surprised (and delighted) one after another, as I look up famous people and find that they are Jewish! For instance, actress GWYNETH PALTROW, Academy Award and Golden Globe...

 

Sami Steigmann crashes Clubhouse

(JNS) - On a blustery day in late January, Holocaust survivor *Sami Steigmann, 81, made his debut on Clubhouse - the buzzy, audio-based, social-media platform that launched in the venture capital...

 

Folk guitarist Nathan Salsburg makes experimental soundscapes

(JTA) - Folk musician and record archivist Nathan Salsburg lives on a 40-acre former tree farm in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, with fellow songwriter Joan Shelley. Shelley is not Jewish, but...

 

How to count the omer - a guide to the ritual that occurs between Passover and Shavuot

The omer refers to the 49-day period between the second night of Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. This period marks the beginning of the barley harvest when, in ancient times, Jews would bring the first sheaves to the Temple as a means of...

 
 By Sonya Sanford    Features    April 9, 2021 

How to make pampushky, the Ukrainian garlic bread rolls that dreams are made of

Pampushky are fluffy, soft Ukrainian garlic bread rolls. Ukraine was known as the "breadbasket" of the Soviet Union, and both garlic and bread are staples of the cuisine. These rolls are...

 
 By Shannon Sarna    Features    April 9, 2021 

How to make an easy and cheesy pull-apart challah with pizza dip

You love challah. You love pizza. It might be time to combine these two cherished carbs together in one pan. If you often make big batches of challah, this recipe will be quite easy to throw together...

 
 By Stephen Silver    Features    April 9, 2021 

'Donny's Bar Mitzvah' wants to be the raunchiest Jewish movie ever

(JTA) - There's never been a great, definitive American movie about a bar mitzvah. And after "Donny's Bar Mitzvah," a new movie that arrived this week on Amazon Prime and iTunes, there still hasn't...

 

Correction

In the “International March of the Living to hold virtual 2021 march,” in the March 26 issue, Dan Kosky, who sent the press release, stated that there were a couple of errors brought to his attention: • The Virtual March will premiere Thursday...

 

Scene Around

"Hate on the rise"... This is something I usually don't write about, but I am so bothered that I can't help it. It's about Blacks, Hispanics, Latinos, Asians and Jews. I am a white Jew ... I can hide...

 

Star chef Alon Shaya helped a Holocaust survivor re-create recipes from his prewar youth

By Margaret Littman (JTA) - Visiting Yad Vashem a decade ago, Alon Shaya got to see some of the Jerusalem Holocaust museum's culinary-related artifacts that aren't always on display to the public. It...

 

We can still celebrate our freedom this Passover - here's how

It is hard to believe that Passover starts tomorrow evening. How can we even begin to think about preparing for Passover when we are living in the midst of a pandemic? As we each live in the uncerta...

 

Passover demands we remember the Exodus

NEW YORK (JTA) - Every Passover, we strive to experience Egypt in our own lives.  Locating the suffering of our Egypt wasn't hard this year: It seems like most days my husband and I share the names...

 

In new Passover children's books, a bespectacled lion reads the Haggadah and a Depression-era mitzvah

BOSTON (JTA) - On the eve of Passover during the Depression, a juggler in ragged clothes is invited into the home of a poor family that has a bare Seder table. It's a poignant scene in "The Passover G...

 

Scene Around

Passover begins at sundown tomorrow, Saturday, March 27. (Matzo Brei here I come!) Any prouder? (my blouse will split!)... How about Emma Lazarus? She was Jewish. Her poem, "The New Colossus" is...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    March 26, 2021

A moment remembered from Passovers past

I have to tell you about my Aunt Ann and Uncle Harry, both first-generation Americans fresh off the boat from Istanbul, Turkey, and Russia. They owned a fish store in Philadelphia. Their fish shop was the end store on a block of row homes in the...

 

Orthodox Union releases comprehensive 2021 Passover guide

NEW YORK — The Orthodox Union, the umbrella group for Orthodox Jewry and leading certifier of kosher products, has released its OU Guide to Passover, the annual publication that provides comprehensive guidance about kosher-for-Passover products. Th...

 

Jewish ways to make meaning of the pandemic's anniversary

Last week, my 11-year-old daughter went back to her school campus for the first time in 50 weeks. As we prepared for her return, we cleaned out her backpack, which was frozen in time: It still held the remnants of a class field trip taken the first...

 

Masa Tiganitas is Sephardi matzah brei - but much better

(The Nosher) - Leave it to Sephardic Jews to make even a pedestrian dish - the ubiquitous matzah brei, a mash-up of fried matzah and egg - into something sublime. In his landmark book "The Sephardic...

 

Where to find songs for your Passover seder

Singing is traditionally a major part of the Passover seder, and it certainly makes for a more festive and participatory celebration. But what if your repertoire of Passover songs is lacking or you...

 

Amar'e Stoudemire - hooked on basketball and Torah

Amar'e Stoudemire, the former NBA star-turned Orthodox-convert to Judaism and the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team co-owner, has been in the news a lot lately. Currently, he is an assistant player...

 

Scene Around

Such Talent! ... I never knew (or even had a hint) that extremely famous pantomime performer, Marcel Marceau was Jewish. His name at birth was Marcel Mangel. His father was captured and killed at...

 

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