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Holidays

  • 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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  • These Jewish women say celebrating Purim in #MeToo time brings to fore negative aspects of the story

    By jwadmin on February 21, 2018
    By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN NEW YORK CITY (JTA) – When Meredith Jacobs was taught the Purim story as a little girl in the 1970s and ’80s, Esther was made out to be its heroine, while Queen Vashti was its “evil queen.” According to the Book of Esther, Vashti was banished by her husband, the Persian King Ahasuerus, for refusing his order […]
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  • Hadassah Shabbat to feature service, luncheon at Ohav Shalom Synagogue

    By jwadmin on February 14, 2018
    Hadassah Capital District has announced that it will hold its annual Hadassah Shabbat service at Ohav Shalom synagogue, 113 New Krumkill Rd., Albany, on Saturday, Feb. 24, beginning at 9 a.m. Margery Zucker and Phyllis Hecker, co-chairpersons, said that Hadassah members and Hadassah associates from all parts of the Capital District will participate in leading the services. Following the service […]
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  • Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom (SOSS) helps out with Christmas charity programs

    By jwadmin on January 17, 2018
    The local chapters of Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom (SOSS), American Jews and Muslims joined together to perform acts of charity for those celebrating Christmas. On Sunday, Dec. 17, members gathered at the Muslim Community Center, Schenectady to bake rolls for the Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council’s Soup Kitchen Christmas Dinner sponsored by Temple Sinai of Saratoga Springs. On Dec. 25, the SOSS joined by […]
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  • Sufganiyot get all the hype. But this humble Moroccan doughnut is also a Chanukah staple

    By jwadmin on December 13, 2017
    BY ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA)  – The sufganiyah is the plump, shining star of Chanukah in Israel. During the holiday season, the famed jelly doughnut poses in the windows of cafés and bakeries across the country. It sparkles with oil and sugar, and shows just enough filling to get and keep fans interested. A Tale of Two Doughnuts Every year, […]
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  • In Budapest, Chanukah comes out of the shadows and onto the ice rink

    By jwadmin on December 12, 2017
    By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ BUDAPEST (JTA)  – The outdoor ice skating rink — the largest in Central Europe — in Budapest’s city center has been part and parcel of Hungary’s Christmas tradition for nearly 150 years. Stretching across 3.5 acres between Heroes’ Square and Vajdahunyad Castle, the Budapest City Park Ice Rink draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the country […]
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