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Rosh Hashanah is a time for change

As we look to the start of the Jewish New year 5780, we always ask ourselves "How can we change for the better?" It's not a coincidence that in Hebrew, the word for the holiday-Rosh Hashanah-shares...

 

Hillel paved the way to my calling

I never planned to be a disability advocate. I just wanted to get through the day. Now it’s my calling. I have been chronically ill since day one. At 18 months of age, I underwent major surgery for a life-threatening abnormality in my renal...

 

5 hacks for the best Rosh Hashanah ever

By Beata Abraham (JTA via Kveller)-I can't help but wonder why Hallmark and the retail world at large haven't co-opted the Jewish New Year. True, while there may "only" be some 5 million to 7 million...

 

Match-It: Jewish Edition

Match-It is a game that is pretty self-explanatory. There are a set number of tiles that each have a picture on them with each tile having a match. You flip them over, scramble them, set them into...

 

Persian Upside-Down Cake with Dates and Cardamom: A sweet tribute to a Rosh Hashanah tradition

This recipe appeared originally on The Nosher. As a kid in Hebrew school, I learned that my classmates would have apples and honey and round challah at Rosh Hashanah to bring in the Jewish New Year,...

 

A Jewish family sold this Kandinsky painting to survive the Nazis and Amsterdam is keeping it

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—Following a protracted legal fight, the family of Irma Klein last year finally got Dutch restitution officials to recognize that the Nazi occupation forced Klein to sell her...

 

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An idol and a landsman... I'm referring to Ella Fitzgerald, a long time idol of mine and Sammy Davis Jr., a friend and also a fellow Jew. While watching the Ed Sullivan show on television recently, (Y...

 

At summer conference, pro-Israel students learn tools to respond to hostile campus environment

(JNS)-Universities have long been one of the toughest environments for pro-Israel students. They have battled stilted curriculums when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more recently,...

 

How Valerie Harper's Rhoda embodied a very Jewish type

(JTA)-Theater folk in England are debating a recent revival of the musical "Falsettos," asking whether non-Jews should be playing its Jewish characters. In an open letter, critics of the...

 

The guys behind the movie 'Good Boys' are ready for their close-up

(JTA)-Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky have careers that many people in Hollywood dream of. Not long after graduating from college and moving to Los Angeles, the duo joined the writing staff of "The...

 

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Don't you dare!... Change Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty? NO WAY! That poem (as it is) is part of our beloved country's history. Please let your feelings be known about this. Write to...

 

Israeli Couscous Pilaf: A toasty, fragrant and fresh side dish

Israeli couscous, known in Israel as ptitim, which means "flakes" in Hebrew, is a pearl-shaped, pasta-like product with a delicious toasted wheat flavor. It was invented in Israel's early years as an...

 

Veggie shwarma pita sandwich: A meat-free alternative for lunch or dinner

This recipe originally appeared on The Nosher. Pita bread is often stuffed with spiced, shaved shwarma meat or crunchy, deep-fried falafel. But my version of a pita sandwich is a hearty vegetarian alt...

 

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Dedicated to those whose loved ones perished in El Paso and Dayton... Ever so close in mind and heart No further away than a picture, a smile of remembered phrase, Our loved ones live in memory so...

 

Venturing out beyond exercise into movie productio

Many people in the Jewish community know Bethanne Weiss as an accomplished physical fitness guru and author of the book "Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank," which garnered her the...

 

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Over 3,000 years ago... I received this information from StandWithUs. "An indigenous people developed a thriving civilization and culture in their ancestral homeland. "Over time they were conquered by...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 16, 2019

Netflix's 'The Red Sea Diving Resort' misses the real story of Ethiopian Jews

(JTA)-Out of all of the unrealistic scenes in "The Red Sea Diving Resort," the most absurd one might be when Ben Kingsley, playing a supposedly gritty Mossad agent, shows up in the desert wearing a su...

 

Memoir by friend of Dylan's reveals details about musician's Jewish roots

(JNS)-A new memoir written by Bob Dylan's best friend gives readers a glimpse into parts of the music icon's Jewish side that have previously fallen under the radar. In "Dylan & Me: 50 Years of...

 

Gymnast Agnes Keleti survived the Holocaust to win 10 Olympic medals-at 98, she's as feisty as ever

BUDAPEST (JTA)-When journalists ask Agnes Keleti about her health, she gently smiles and slowly extends her right hand in apparent gratitude for the question. Keleti yanks anyone who is foolish...

 

Pashtida with zucchini, corn and tomatoes: A colorful celebration of summer produce

Pashtida (a crustless quiche) is beloved and common in Israel, where it is enjoyed at everything from potlucks, school events, shivas and everything in between. It's also commonly prepared for...

 

Aah, what memories...

Back in 1959, Stephen Tyng Mather High School was built in the West Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Ill. The student population, at that time, was 95 percent Jewish. Some of the Mather alumni...

 

Meet Buddye Laub, a senior resident at Cascade Heights

Isabelle (Buddye) Laub does volunteer work at Cascade Heights running their little store. She is always busy crocheting gifts for family and friends. Often people forget that the senior residents at assisted-living facilities had exciting lives in th...

 

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"Getting old is not for Sissies"... (Betty Davis quote) Despite what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together: A nose ring and bifocals. Spiked hair and bald...

 

Book Review: Israel's 2007 decision to attack a Syrian nuclear facility is history and warning

By Edwin Black Jerusalem Post editor Yaakov Katz probably had no way of knowing that this would be a perfect time to release his briskly-selling “Shadow Strike—Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power” (St. Martin’s...

 

Is there anything Jewish mama Rain Pryor can't do?

This article originally appeared on Kveller. Rain Pryor Vane may be the daughter of the controversial late comedian Richard Pryor, but she has never lived in her father's shadow. A singer, actress,...

 

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