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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First Come the Holidays, Then Comes Marriage

We’re Michele and Vanessa, and we’re getting married on April 30, 2017. Michele is Jewish and grew up just outside Philadelphia; Vanessa was raised in the Church of England (more or less equivalent to the Episcopal Church) a little outside London in the U.K. We got engaged in May 2015, and are thrilled to be […]

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A Not-So-Cookie Cutter Hanukkah

By Jessica Tobacman We were late. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the aisles of Target, my husband and I were doing our version of stuffing stockings. We were running so fast we were practically sliding to try to fill his stocking and my festive Chinese takeout box before we left for his […]

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Hanukkah and Christmas: Getting It “Right”

By Elizabeth Vocke My husband jokes that I only married him so I could finally celebrate Christmas. And I admit that I do love Christmas. I love the anticipation and excitement, the coziness of the season, the decorations. I also love Hanukkah, but I think it’s more difficult to create that same sense of excitement, though […]

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Green and Red Latkes

Red and Green Latkes for Hanukkah at Christmas

To have a little fun with this intersection of holidays, I made two non-traditional versions of a classic Hanukkah mainstay: latkes.

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Gingerbread Sufganiyot (Hanukkah Doughnuts)

Gingerbread Sufganiyot (Hanukkah Doughnuts)

  Christmas and the first night of Hanukkah fall on the same day this year. Growing up the child of a divorced, interreligious family, this would have blown my mind even more than it does as an adult. While I was raised primarily in my Jewish mother’s home, my brother and I spent every Christmas […]

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Celebrating Holidays in a Post-Election December

I don’t know how to celebrate the holidays this year, with an election outcome that’s rocked the nation and the world (regardless of political leanings), and that has left much of the transition process in a state of satire, confusion or despair. It’s been almost a month since the big date in November, and I’m […]

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Ponchiki: Polish Cheese Doughnut Holes

Ponchiki: Polish Cheese Doughnut Holes

There are two stories associated with Hanukkah: One tells how the vial of oil that was supposed to last for one day lasted for eight, and the other is the story of Judith and how she saved her town from annihilation at the hands of General Holefernes by getting him drunk on salty cheese and […]

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The Hanukkah Fairy

By Kelly Banker I am 8 years old. My siblings and I are huddled in my parents’ bedroom, awaiting the precious sound of the Hanukkah bell. We have just come from an evening of lighting the menorah, dancing and singing in a circle and haplessly spinning a dreidel. Now here we are, eyes closed and […]

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cream cheese rugelach

Cream Cheese Rugelach with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar

Cream Cheese Rugelach with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar

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