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Bitterness isn’t just a tradition in the Jewish community–it’s a commandment. Here we answer some frequently asked questions about Passover‘s bitter herbs, also known...

Why Do Some Jews Burn Hametz?

On the morning before Passover, many synagogues will have what look like small bonfires burning in their driveways. This is the ritual known as...

Is Quinoa Kosher for Passover?

While quinoa might not yet have the name recognition of traditional Passover favorites like matzah balls, gefilte fish or macaroons, you may have noticed...

Spiritual Hametz

Hametz is leavening, specifically the yeast that makes dough rise. Some say it is the starter dough that our ancestors used. It was allowed...

What is Not OK to Eat on Passover

Among the most common Passover traditions is abstaining from foods made from fermented grains. Below is a list of food groups some Jews refrain...

Passover (Pesach) Themes and Theology

Passover is one of the most important Jewish festivals of the year, and its high point is the seder. Experiencing this wonderful Jewish meal...

How to Create a Vegan Seder Plate

Passover is a holiday replete with dietary restrictions, so it’s understandable that some might be reluctant to add to the already long list of...

How to Make Your Passover Seder Inclusive

An important Jewish value is to invite strangers to the Passover seder , which celebrates freedom. The following tips are designed to make those...

How to Make Passover Cleaning Manageable

Passover, the annual celebration of the Exodus from Egypt, is one of Judaism’s most beloved holidays—and also the one that requires the most preparation....

Passover Seder: How To Be A Good Guest

If you’ve never been to a Passover seder , you might be feeling a bit intimidated at the prospect. Relax. The seder is an...

Light & Shadow

At the opening of the exhibition Mila Gokhman: Light & Shadow, on Sunday, April 24, the Merage JCC will be offering a special sale...

The Three ‘Haimish Heroes’

How can a synagogue be made safe yet welcoming? How could we ensure synagogue members remain healthy and connected through the covid pandemic? When...

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University that fired Jewish professor who reported antisemitic incidents violated his academic freedom, panel finds By Andrew Lapin, JTA      A university in Oregon that...

Summer Fun

I am a camp person through and through. Camp has always been my happy place. For a long time it was the only place I...

Life Lessons Under the Stars

Even though I haven’t technically been a camp counselor for a decade or so, the role has never fully left me. Camp counseloring is...

Orange County’s Jewish History- And the Silver Medal Goes To…

The Southern California Horticultural Society Exhibition was a short-lived affair (1878-1882), in which time a pavilion was built, five Horticultural Fairs were held, and...