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Holidays

  • Rabbi Menachem Creditor to speak at May 4 Shabbat service at Gates of Heaven

    By jwadmin on April 25, 2018
    SCHENECTADY— Rabbi Menachem Creditor will speak during the Shabbat service at Gates of Heaven, 852 Ashmore Ave., Schenectady, on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Creditor is the spiritual leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, Calif. He is the founder of Rabbis Against Gun Violence and a founding board member of the Movement for One America. Creditor is a frequent speaker on Jewish […]
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  • Woodstock to mark Israel’s 70th anniversary on May 6 with community celebration

    By jwadmin on April 18, 2018
    WOODSTOCK – A billboard-size mural of Jerusalem’s Western Wall and handmade metal roses forged from anti-Israeli missiles will be among the sights and sounds marking Israel’s 70th anniversary at a outdoor festival at Woodstock Jewish Congregation, 1682 Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. The free public event will also feature native Israeli music, dance, storytelling, children’s activities […]
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  • Yom Ha’Atzmaut 70 at SJCC to feature dinner and live music with Shiri Zorn

    By jwadmin on April 11, 2018
    SCHENECTADY– The Schenectady Jewish Community Center will host a Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration noting Israel’s 70th Independence Day on Sunday, April 22, at 5 p.m. The Center is located 2565 Balltown Rd., Schenectady. The family-friendly event will feature a brief program (including a performance by Congregations Agudat Achim’s and Gates of Heaven’s religious school kids, a movie, a raffle, arts and […]
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  • Survey shows Passover traditions popular in Israel

    By jwadmin on April 6, 2018
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The majority of Israeli Jews read the Haggadah in its entirety at Passover seders. Some 64 percent of Israelis said that they read all of the Haggadah or “the entire Haggadah, including the part that is read after the meal,” according to a Jewish People Policy Institute survey for the Israeli Judaism project. In the survey conducted in late […]
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  • Kosher supermarkets hate cleaning for Passover as much as you do—maybe more!

    By jwadmin on March 30, 2018
    By BEN SALES NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Pomegranate, a gourmet kosher supermarket in Brooklyn, spends $75,000 every year getting its kitchen ready for Passover. Hungarian Kosher Foods, a supermarket in Chicago, starts clearing its aisles for Passover eight weeks ahead of the holiday. The week before Passover, at Zabar’s, a Jewish favorite on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a staff of […]
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  • Stump the seder guests: Reminders of  what the Pesach symbols and customs mean

    By jwadmin on March 28, 2018
    By DEBORAH FINEBLUM (JNS) – Why is this year going to be different from all other years? Because this year, you can stump your guests with the meaning behind many of the mysterious rites that comprise the Passover seder. Turn Off Autopilot Let’s face it, you finally wrap up those frenzied days of cleaning and cooking. Then your guests arrive (Passover […]
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  • My Moroccan Passover traditions

    By jwadmin on March 28, 2018
    By NATASHA COOPER-BENISTY (My Jewish Learning via JTA) The seders of my adult life are quite different than those I experienced in my youth. The main reason for this is that I am married to a Moroccan Israeli who has rich traditions from which to draw. Early in our marriage, my husband experienced his first Ashkenazic seders at my parents’ […]
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  • Haggadahs and other Passover supplements are available  to modernize your seder

    By jwadmin on March 27, 2018
    By GABE FRIEDMAN NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – Although Jews have celebrated Passover by reading from the Haggadah in one form or another for 2,000 years, Jewish organizations and publishers strive each year to connect the holiday to modern times with fresh Haggadahs as well as supplements. If you’re looking to give your seder a distinct 2018 flavor, consider these options — they […]
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  • Pirate? princess? A ‘Wonder Woman’ Purim? Israelis party like it’s 357 BCE!

    By jwadmin on February 28, 2018
    By DEBORAH FINEBLUM (JNS) – Queen Esther and Uncle Mordechai, King Ahasuerus and that wicked Haman. All of them (and even poor deposed Queen Vashti) would be flummoxed by the sheer volume of lunatic finery donned by Israelis on the holiday that tells their tale. On it, we mark a somewhat serious chapter in Jewish history, when Haman’s villainy was a […]
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  • Who made the hamantashen? A modern tale of fortuitous interaction

    By jwadmin on February 28, 2018
    By MARILYN SHAPIRO In May 2016, my husband Larry and I purchased tickets for a Flores de Mayo celebration sponsored by our community’s Filipino Club. I had met several of its members through my cardio ballroom dancing class, and they had hyped up the event for several weeks. “Lots of fun! Great music,” one of the organizers told me. “Just […]
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