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Thursday 04/06/2017
From our families to yours, Happy Passover!
Posted: April 06, 2017

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Wednesday 04/05/2017
Here’s what you should know about gluten-free matzah
Posted: April 05, 2017

Gluten-free matzah might sound like a bad joke – after all, regular unleavened bread tastes pretty cardboard-like already.

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6 social justice-themed seder supplements
Posted: April 05, 2017

At Passover, Jews around the world gather around their dining-room tables to remember their past plight as slaves in Egypt. But the seder can also be a time to learn about the hardships facing others today.

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Latino-Jewish seder participants get personal
Posted: April 05, 2017

When Rabbi Robert Kravitz pulled off his tie at the Latino-Jewish Seder on March 21, he said it was symbolic of seeking freedom. Wearing a tie, he said, is a custom that feels confining and men do it to themselves out of social convention. So he liberated himself of the tie and continued leading the seder, reading from the “Freedom Celebration Haggadah” created for this annual event.

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Four cups of five-star wines
Posted: April 05, 2017

Even the most finicky wine snob won’t be able to “pass over” the new generation of kosher wines. Increasingly, the mindset is that since Jews are commanded to drink four cups of wine at the Passover seder, they might as well drink high-quality wine.

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Special needs seder: ‘Opening the conversation’
Posted: April 05, 2017

Two weeks before Passover, Rabbis Elana Kanter and Michael Wasserman of The New Shul were leading a model seder – a very special one, using a brightly colored, easy-to-hold Haggadah with visual images.

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The 5 best exotic Passover hotels
Posted: April 05, 2017

The Sun Belt is so yesterday.

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Preparing for Pesach in Ukraine’s last shtetl
Posted: April 05, 2017

At first glance, the drab town of Bershad, Ukraine, 160 miles south of Kiev, seems nearly identical to the other settlements that dot the poverty-stricken district of Vinnitsa.

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Temple Beth Shalom to hold women’s seder
Posted: April 05, 2017

Temple Beth Shalom in Sun City is inviting the women of the community to a Women’s Interactive Seder, “to share a Passover experience with a feminine twist,” organizers say.

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Passover Art Contest

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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Shavuot

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