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 By Marc Brodsky    Features    July 10, 2020

With a nod to Carl Reiner, 'My Favorite Year' recalls the infancy of TV sketch comedy

(JTA) - With the passing of Carl Reiner, who passed away of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills on June 29, 2020, at the age of 98, we lost one of the comedy greats, Jewish or otherwise. His o...

 
 By Marc Brodsky    Features    July 10, 2020

Quarterback Kirk Cousins wishes a 'mazel tov' to Jewish students

(JTA) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins scored a touchdown with his congratulatory message to the graduates of a Jewish student program. Cousins wished the graduates of the Jewish Student Union, a program of the Orthodox Union’s youth...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 10, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Dr. Joseph Berrios' long road to self-discovery

This is the fourth article in a four-part series about the Puerto Rican Jews living in Central Florida and their history. In an attempt to atone for the Inquisition, Spain has been offering...

 

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My first story is about Italy. I went to Italy a few years back. It was one of my favorite places. I visited Pisa, Venice, Florence, Rome, etc. I loved the scenery, the people, the culture... and...

 

Here's a fresh take on whitefish salad: Make it with labneh and lemon

Few things are more reminiscent of classic Jewish deli fare than whitefish salad. And while buying it by the pint is a weekend morning luxury, making your own whitefish salad might be even better beca...

 

A Jewish camp is opening - on the video game Minecraft

By Ben Sales (JTA) — This was going to be Jake Offenheim’s 14th straight summer at Camp Ramah in Canada. Then camp was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Offenheim, who was set to be a counselor for the fifth year, couldn’t bear a...

 

The 10 most iconic archeological sites in Israel

(ISRAEL21c) - Sitting at the crossroads of the ancient world, Israel is an archeologist's dream. Peeling back the layers of history here is a never-ending pursuit. Excavations by the Israel...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 3, 2020

Jews In the Land of Disney: Pilar Basrawi-Marrero has come home to Judaismo

This is the third article in a four-part series about the Puerto Rican Jews living in Central Florida and their history. "Grito de Lares," a revolt protesting Spanish rule over Puerto Rico began on...

 
 By Joel Haber    Features    July 3, 2020

Why are hot dogs the greatest American Jewish food?

American Jewish food is most typically defined as pastrami sandwiches, chocolate babka or bagels and lox. But I am here to argue that the greatest American Jewish food may actually be the humble hot...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 3, 2020

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When will it end?... I read this in "Facts and Logic About the Middle East" written by President JAMES SINKINSON, and pass it on to you: "The coronavirus has unleashed a torrent of hate directed at...

 

Facebook prank tricks thousands into thinking actors are Israeli couple from the '50s

(JTA) - Last week, thousands of Jews in Israel and beyond responded to a plea for help in identifying a couple pictured in a yellowing photograph from 1955. "Everyone, I need help. I found this...

 
 By Alex Traiman    Features    July 3, 2020

The great myth of Israeli 'annexation'

(JNS) - For the last several weeks, habitual critics of Israeli policies, dubious self-described Israel supporters and even some longtime friends have come out against Israeli plans to "annex" parts...

 

This Jewish Boston bookseller wants to help you spruce up your Zoom background

BOSTON (JTA) - In early April, just a few weeks after non-essential businesses in Massachusetts were shut down due to COVID-19, the staff at the Brattle Book Shop noticed that some prominent...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    July 3, 2020

For the few Jewish camps that are opening despite risks, finding willing families hasn't been hard

(JTA) - This week, as he prepares to open Camp Modin and administer coronavirus tests to its hundreds of campers and staff, Howard Salzberg is still fielding 50 calls a day from parents who want to...

 

'Defiance' is the best heroic Jews vs. Nazis inspiration that Netflix has to offer

By Stephen Silver (JTA) — The mid-to-late aughts saw a run of films that featured Jewish characters, for lack of a better description, kicking ass. In 2005, there was Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” about the Israeli government’s plot to get...

 
 By Josh Hasten    Features    June 26, 2020

Two Jewish pioneers are building an oasis amid uncertainty

(JNS) - Atop a nearly barren mountain ridge at the tip of southeastern Gush Etzion, with breathtaking views overlooking the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, two American immigrants are building an...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    June 26, 2020

Jews In the Land of Disney: Stolen identities now restored - Enrique Montanez' story

This is the second article in a four-part series about the Puerto Rican Jews living in Central Florida and their history. Following the Spanish-American War, in 1898, Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the...

 

How this iconic Yiddish song became an anthem for Black Americans

What makes one person tick is totally subjective, but science confirms that people are hard-wired to respond to music. It lifts moods, eases pain and triggers powerful emotions. Some songs become so...

 
 By Cindy Sher    Features    June 26, 2020

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's husband pens memoir about moving on

(JUF News via JTA) - When Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jason B. Rosenthal first got married, they brainstormed long-term marriage goals. Some that made the list: "Get dressed up and go on dates," "Record...

 

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About the "new" normal... In a very short time, COVID-19 has changed almost everything in life, the way we interact with one another, the way we work (or don't work), the way we play and shop, and eve...

 

Hulu's hit show 'Ramy' is a perfect lens into the challenges of modern religious life

NEW YORK (JTA) - Social distancing and staying inside is hard. Thankfully, accessing good things to watch during this time is not. This is the 11th installation of a weekly column on Jewish movies...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    Features    June 26, 2020

At a German train station, a unique memorial is dedicated to Jews deported to their death

BERLIN (JTA) - Nearly 80 years after the last train sent Jews to almost certain death from the main railway station in Wurzburg, a memorial to those who perished was dedicated in the German city. The...

 

In Amsterdam, the world's priciest menorah gets a new life

AMSTERDAM (JTA) - For the Amsterdam Jewish Historical Museum, Chanukah this year entailed the stressful chore of assembling the world's most expensive menorah. Last week, the Rintel Menorah, a...

 
 By Sheri Silver    Features    June 26, 2020

Banana tahini pops are the perfect summer dessert hack - and they're so easy to make

A while back a “recipe” (if you can call anything with one ingredient a recipe) for banana ice cream went viral. And with good reason. To make it you simply put a few frozen sliced bananas in a food processor and blended them until they achieved...

 

Summer special: Brisket tacos with carrot slaw

When I was growing up, I knew brisket as an island of meat in a sea of sweet brownish-red sauce with carrot-plank buoys. Every holiday, this was plunked in the center of the table alongside a loaf of...

 

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