Bedtime reading

How to Celebrate Shabbat…When You Miss Friday Night

There’s still time to celebrate Shabbat *even* if you missed Friday night!

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Havdalah spread

Seven Species Cheese Spread for Havdalah

Want to host friends for end-of-Shabbat Havdalah? Serve this easy and beautiful cheese spread

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Starting Religious School and Keeping Promises

In my previous blog post, I wrote about why choosing love did not mean choosing conversion for me; but for us, choosing love also meant choosing to raise our children Jewish. We didn’t know, initially, what that would look like, especially since we knew (well, I knew) that I wanted to keep celebrating Christmas. (According […]

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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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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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Honey Zimsterne “Star” Cookies

Food pathways show the influence on recipes from region to region and neighbor to neighbor. In Germany, a recipe for gingerbread men was adapted and adopted by Eastern European Jews to make Zimsterne, or “star” cookies to be served at the end of Shabbat after Havdalah services. Containing the spices found in the Bisomim box used […]

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Choosing a Jewish Life – Fostering Jewish Peoplehood

The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education (CJPE) is a resource and catalyst for developing education about collective Jewish belonging, often focused on the areas of Jewish peoplehood and Israel. Through its blog and Peoplehood Papers series, the organization generates dialog about the meaning and importance of Jewish peoplehood and how to nurture it. Recently, I […]

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Shabbat and Havdalah

Everything you wanted to know about the weekly celebration of Shabbat (and Havdalah) in one place.

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Transition: Janelle’s Story

A daughter of a Methodist minister, now married to a Jewish man and raising Jewish children, finds meaning in the quick Havdalah ceremony that marks the end of the Sabbath and start of the new week.

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This Is How I Roll On Shabbos

Learning about Shabbat with his wife, he realised that there’s no wrong way to celebrate the Sabbath.

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