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Joshua Nelson Concert

 Joshua Nelson

December 25th, 2009 1 p.m.

Challah-ujah: The Tradition Continues, a Christmas Day concert at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, features Hebrew tunes in a gospel style with acclaimed singer Joshua Nelson and the Kosher Gospel choir.


December 22, 2009

Dear Friend,

I have the opportunity to say "Mazel tov" a lot in my job, but this is the first time I get to give an official Christmas greeting. We at IFF wish all who celebrate a merry and peaceful Christmas! And a happy New Year!

This electronic newsletter has just a few goodies, since we published almost everything we featured in December in the newsletter two weeks ago.

Hogwarts coat of arms creative commonsNews and Opinion

We've been following the story of the lawsuit in Britain over admissions to JFS, a publicly funded Jewish high school. Now there are reports that the JFS Case is Settled--but the Jewish community is unsettled. What does this case mean for Jewish identity in Britain? How about the rest of the world?

Christmas tree December Holidays

Are you having trouble deciding whether to have a Christmas tree? We've created Oh Christmas Tree, a discussion packet for interfaith couples. It has three of our personal narrative essays and some values-clarification questions to get you started.

With Hanukkah over and Christmas coming this week, with many interfaith couples getting ready to celebrate Christmas and many Jews still uncomfortable with that, Ed Case highlights the lessons of our sixth annual December Holidays Survey in Christmas is Coming.

big latkesJewish Food

I know, Hanukkah is over. I would be remiss, however, if I did not alert you to the recipe for giant latkes I posted on the blog in honor of the holiday. 

Mel Brooks ladies and gentlemenArts and Entertainment

Nate Bloom has updated his classic article, The Jews Who Wrote Christmas Songs (2009), addressing recent comments in the news on the subject. There's also a supplementary piece on Irving Berlin, Ellin McKay and White Christmas.

In Interfaith Celebrities: Mel Brooks Honored at Kennedy Center, Bloom finally reveals what we've long suspected: Mel Brooks is Jewish. OK, there's also a lot about his successful interfaith marriage with Anne Bancroft.

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Hebrew and Yiddish for "good luck," a phrase used to express congratulations for happy and significant occasions. Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
Hebrew for "fit" (as in, "fit for consumption"), the Jewish dietary laws. The first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), or the scroll that contains them.
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