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May 2017

Are the Orthodox Fair Target?

Oh it’s those ultras they look different. There is a strange hypocrisy in the Jewish community. Jewish groups are willing to lift the banner...

Widen the Tent 

SINCE 1993, the  Jewish Agency has been running a network of summer camps in the Former Soviet Union (FSU).  The Agency describes these camps...

Precious Giving 

ONE OF MY most respected teachers frequently intoned, “If you can say ‘Yes,’ say ‘Yes. But if you cannot say ‘yes,’ you are obligated...

The Strong Princess 

WE HAVE A few “girl” superhero costumes in the house. A puffy-sleaved lavender Batgirl costume and a Supergirl costume trimmed in red tulle and...

Let Them Eat Cake!

ANOTHER MOTHER’S DAY without my mom, and I’m filled with memories. Truth be told, my mother was not famous for her baking. She had...

Camp B’nai Ruach

Celebrating 20 Years of Providing Kids a Fun, Safe & Jewish Summer Experience This summer will mark the 20th anniversary of Congregation B’nai Israel’s summer...

Jr. Maccabi Games

The Merage Jewish Community Center (JCC) is gearing up once again to play host to more than 150 pre-teen Jewish boys and girls for...

A Mother’s Day Poem

  “Mom”   By Iris Eliya Cohen Mom would wake up early and start rocking, Changing, Diapering, Washing, Cleaning, Shampooing, Drying, Scrubbing, Ironing, Folding, Baking, Cooking, Peeling, Picking, Steaming, Boiling, Salting, Sweetening, Sorting, Picking the lice out of our hair, Chopping, Grilling, And again cleaning, in between nursing. Till we...

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day makes me think about unconditional love. What a beautiful, selfless gift it is!  In fact, I didn’t grasp the immensity of unconditional...

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Jewish Identity

The other day, I happened upon an NPR Tiny Desk concert from 2016 featuring the wonderful Natalie Merchant (of 10,000 Maniacs fame and since...

“I Love NY”

Most New Yorkers recognize the “I Love New York” logo, which can be found on everything from coffee mugs to snow globes to boxer...

The top Jewish pop culture stories from 2021

Jewish pop-culture had quite the “Unorthodox” year.     A new reality-TV sensation, a raunchy indie-film spin on shivas and a rare glimpse into Turkey’s...

Keep Smiling

Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman always has a refreshing take on life’s conundrums. What’s more, we love just how open she is about her Jewish...