Why We Say Yes to the Easter Invite

The phone rang and I heard my dad’s apprehensive voice. “Hi Sarah. I have a bit of a strange question for you. We are thinking ahead about Easter and we would like to have everyone over for brunch and an Easter egg hunt. We would of course love to have you there, but we know […]

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Guinness Challah for St. Patty’s Day

A perfect challah recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

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Kabocha squash challah

Jewish Food Cheat Sheet

An alphabetic listing of Jewish dishes and food-related terms to help people new to Jewish families to figure out what’s on the table.

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Shabbat Unbound

By Jared David Berezin Many years ago I was in a book club and read a collection of essays called Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call For Justice. The book explored how Jewish thought intersects with issues of social justice, and each chapter focused on a different subject: poverty, the environment, health care, human rights, reproductive […]

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Rosh Hashanah Cinnamon Roll Challah with an Italian Twist

Challah for the Jewish New Year is special—round to celebrate the circle of life and sweet (typically with raisins) in the hope of a sweet year. For the occasion, I make what I call my cinnamon roll challah, with rum-soaked raisins (an homage to Italian desserts featuring rum) and a pretty swirl of brown sugar […]

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This Is What I’ll Miss Doing with My Daughter When I Go Back to Work

By Samantha Taylor For the past two years, my daughter and I have been taking Mommy and Me classes at the local JCC. We took art, music and gardening. We loved all of it. We had fun and we made friends. It was fantastic. Every week, I heard other moms talking about taking their kids […]

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I’m Down with Shabbat… After I Look Up What It Is

By Robyn Bacon Like his other mother, my 4-month old son Sam is Jewish. I am not. I was born and raised Catholic. My mother and her sister converted to Catholicism while attending the Catholic schools that offered a better education to black families than the separate but equal public schools in the segregated South. […]

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Sending My Daughter to Jewish Preschool Reconnected Me with My Roots

By Rebecca Rolland My daughter Sophie will be 3 this November. My husband Philippe and I have decided to let her start half-day preschool (she’s begged). Still, we’re late starting to look at options. I can’t settle on anything, and as a doctoral student in education, I fear my knowledge of the research—my vise-grip on “how […]

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Fish dinner

What to Eat on Lenten Shabbat

When some are observing Lent on Shabbat, what does one eat?

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Purim and My Mexican American Jewish Newborn

Purim in my neighborhood is an extravaganza. Limousines crowd the streets and rabbles of teenagers run in and out of houses dressed up as the main characters in the Purim story. A quick summary for those who are not familiar: There is Vashti, who is dethroned by the King Ahasuerus. Then Esther becomes the new […]

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