Temple Beth Israel Chanukah for all including kids and families!

Temple Beth Israel (3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie) Presents Congregational Dinner and Shabbat Chanukah, Friday, December 15, 2017.  Shabbat Chanukah Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and costs $18 per adult and children (2-12) are $8.50.  Shabbat Chanukah Service with special guest “Uncle Louie” is at 7:30 p.m. Reservations and payment is due by December 11, […]

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Becky & Femi

The C Word

Becky isn’t expecting her fiance’s response to her Christmas tree opposition

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Lighting hanukkiah

A Newlywed Hanukkah & Christmas

Sarah and her husband navigate the December holidays as newlyweds

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Hanukkah doughnuts

Loukoumades (Sephardic Greek Doughnuts)

Given the connection between the Jews and the Greeks in the Hanukkah story, in this recipe we celebrate the centuries-long culinary traditions of Greek Jews.

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Now What?

You just spent several hours or days in the hospital giving birth to your child or, in our case, several months going through your whirlwind adoption. But the moment you have long awaited is here: You are finally home. You left the house as two, but returned with three. For those of us as first […]

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Four Questions for Your Interfaith Family Vision

The extreme weather conditions and the long dark nights of the winter months can be harsh for many of us. But from Thanksgiving until around Valentine’s Day, it’s also a popular time when couples get engaged. It can also be a time when couples who are getting married in the spring and summertime are knee-deep […]

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A Thank-You Note to My Mother-In-Law

My mother-in-law’s email about Christmas gifts for her was simple: “Have composed an extensive ‘Wish List’ on Amazon for those who might be looking for ideas!” When I logged onto her list, I found her typical requests for puzzles and small housewares mixed in with requests for items such as “a picture of the three […]

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The Miracle of Light

This interfaith holiday season has been trickier than I thought. If there is a lot of planning, cooking and gift buying for one holiday, then the two holiday celebrating seems impossible. My family celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas. But, we are not just a Jewish/Catholic home. We are a Brooklyn Jewish and Mexican Catholic household. This […]

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To Tree or Not To Tree

The dual holiday extravaganza this season is more work than I thought it would be. But, it’s important for me to keep the traditions from both my own family and Adrian’s family in order for our daughter Helen to grow up understanding and respecting her two faiths: Jewish on my side and Mexican Catholic on […]

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The Tree Strikes a Chord Like No Other

Recently, my colleague in Los Angles posted a question that piqued my interest on her personal Facebook page: “Did any of my Jewish professional friends grow up with a Christmas tree?” I knew where she was going with this. She was betting that a number of rabbis and Jewish educators had grown up in an […]

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