Purim in a world turned upside down

As Laurie Mangold walked through Congregation Sha’are Shalom recently, a bulletin board caught her attention. Attached to it was a Purim scene of costumed...

Bar & Bat Mitzvah

Here’s how to plan a pandemic bar/bat mitzvah

When the world shut down last March as fear spread that the coronavirus was as lethal as it was unknown, Ben Pollack was days...
Philip Davis and his family celebrate his bar mitzvah at Temple Rodef Shalom on June 30.

Sampling the bar mitzvah speech

The bar or bat mitzvah speech is an opportunity for the child to explain how their Torah portion relates to their lives. It’s also...

Arts & Culture

What Jewish comedians made of Michael Che’s Israel joke

By Andrew Silow-Carroll It’s almost Purim, which means I am busy writing jokes that poke fun at the stuff we do and obsess about as...

Getting serious about fighting back

Review “The Wrong Jew: Defeating Those Who Want Us Dead” by Hesh Kestin. New York: Wicked Son Books, 2021. 200 pages. $27. When he was in...

Asian-American Jews explore their identities in a new video project

By Gabe Friedman When Maya Katz-Ali saw the ad on Facebook recruiting Asian Jews to participate in a new video project about identity, she scrolled...

Nation and World

(Watch) Mass. school committee member calls former employee a ‘k—‘ on live TV

https://jewishjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Lowell-School.-Committee-2.mp4 By Steven A. Rosenberg LOWELL. Mass. – Lowell Mayor John Leahy has demanded the resignation of School Committee member Robert Hoey Jr. after Hoey appeared...

Ruderman foundation, main donor to Jewish inclusion efforts, ends its disability giving

By Asaf Shalev To many in the Jewish world, the Ruderman Family Foundation is synonymous with efforts to increase inclusion for Jews with disabilities. Based in...

Shlomo Hillel, who spearheaded mass aliyah of Iraqi Jews, dies at 97

Shlomo Hillel’s life spanned the length and breadth of Israel’s immigrant story and he played a critical role in many of its chapters. Hillel, who...

Camp and School Showcase

Camp Horizons

Established in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1983, Camp Horizons is a diverse community of campers and staff members from across the United States and around the world working, playing, and learning...

Berman Hebrew Academy

Berman Hebrew Academy is a Preschool-12th grade Modern Orthodox Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD. Our Kindergarten is one of the many entry points to our school. Kindergarten at Berman is a year of...

B’nai Israel’s Schilit Nursery School

B’nai Israel’s Schilit Nursery School in Rockville has provided for multiple generations the very best in early childhood education. With flexible options available year-round for transitional two year olds to pre-K, we are here...

Food and Dining

With fusion Emirati-Jewish dishes, a kosher chef blossoms in Dubai

By Asma Ali Zain DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  — Last year, Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a treaty establishing diplomatic relations. But for...

(WATCH) Amy Kertesz & Co. make hamantashen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUlPG5VpF4I&feature=youtu.be Video by David Stuck Amy Kertesz needs to make enough hamantashen for a household of 7. Here, she shows how to do it. Amy Kertesz's Silver...

The pandemic devastated restaurants. Most kosher ones have weathered the storm.

By Dani Klein Many industries were harmed in 2020, perhaps none as deeply as the hospitality sector. Nearly one in six U.S. restaurants had closed...