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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Six new kids’ books for the Jewish New Year
Posted: September 21, 2016

Get ready: 5777 is arriving soon. And a new Jewish year means a fresh crop of top-notch Jewish books for kids.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
A Sephardic seder for Rosh Hashanah
Posted: September 14, 2016

For Rosh Hashanah, many of us eat an apple dipped in honey as an auspicious sign for a sweet new year. The symbolism is clear, and the ritual as easy to pull off as squeezing a bear-shaped plastic bottle of honey.

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Easiest Rosh Hashanah dinner ever
Posted: September 14, 2016

Some people take great pride and pleasure in planning their Rosh Hashanah menus for weeks or months in advance, chugging away at kugels and cakes and soup to put in the freezer. I know my grandmother and Aunt Ruth both did their High Holidays cooking all summer so they would be “ready.”

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Celebrity cooks share their Rosh Hashanah recipes
Posted: September 14, 2016

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, gives Jews a sense of change and new beginnings. One of the ways to signal that renewal and optimism is to engage our senses: We listen to the shofar, the clarion call of the season, and we eat symbolic foods, such as round challah (representing the cyclical nature of life) and enjoy the sweetness of apples dipped in honey.

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We need to stop overcooking
Posted: September 14, 2016

As a young woman at Jewish holiday tables, I never felt comfortable with being the “woman in charge” of cooking. I associated that role with overcooking (too much food at the table) and pushing people to eat more food, even after they were full.

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Tiny acts bring great rewards
Posted: September 14, 2016

Those who attend a cooking demo with Renee Rousso Chernin, the author of “Cooking for the King,” can expect it to be ribboned with food for thought.

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Wednesday 08/10/2016
Mourning ancient and current tragedies
Posted: August 10, 2016

As the fast day of Tisha b’Av approaches, the summer heat and humidity is rising. That got me thinking: Does the solemn day have the stuff to raise our consciousness as well?

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Wednesday 08/03/2016
Tisha B’Av commemorations
Posted: August 03, 2016

Here is a list of some local Tisha B’Av programs. Traditional observances include reading the Book of Lamentations (Eicha) and kinnot (sad poems).

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Wednesday 07/27/2016
Tisha B’Av commemorations are Aug. 13-14
Posted: July 27, 2016

Tisha B’Av, a Jewish day of mourning and fast day that commemorates the anniversary of a number of disasters in Jewish history, primarily the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, begins the evening of Aug. 13. The fast begins at 7:16 p.m. and ends at 7:41 p.m. on Aug. 14. Here is a list of some Tisha B’Av programs. Traditional observances include reading the Book of Lamentations (Eicha) and kinnot (sad poems).

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Tisha B'Av

Tisha B’Av in time of rockets, tunnels, death

After weeks of missiles falling on Israel and bombs dropping on Gaza, we land on Tisha B’Av. With the day-to-day images of explosions and tunnels so fresh, I wondered how they might connect to my mid-summer night’s struggle with the somber holiday’s relevance.

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Summer Shavuot recipes with global flair

With summer and the soaring temperatures already in full swing, I wanted to share a few recipes that will also double as great options for Shavuot. During Shavuot, it is customary to eat dairy, and throughout the world, you will see many different dishes from cheese blintzes and burekas to cheesecake and pizza. Here are three global recipes, each one using a different type of cheese, from a Middle Eastern eggplant dish to a Southern Mediterranean melon salad and finally a popular Mexican street food dish. Enjoy!

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Israel's 66th

  • Craig Taubman with family

    Kim and Norman Kur and their two sons, Ethan and Brian, pose for a photo with Craig Taubman.
  • Morning hike

    The Israel Center's daylong community Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration started with an early morning hike with Congregation Or Chadash on May 11. Hundreds participated in the day's festivities, which were held at various locations throughout the Valley and included an Israeli beach breakfast, a culinary experience and the screening of three films. Photo courtesy of the Israel Center