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Shavuot Reflections

The celebration of Shavuot is an excellent occasion to reflect upon Jewish culture, Jewish identity, religiously observant and secular Judaism.   I would like to...

The Cheesecake Holiday

You may have heard Shavuot referred to as the cheesecake holiday, but how did the tradition of eating dairy for Shavuot begin? “The use of...

International Child Abduction and Covid-19

The pandemic has made cross-continent custody battles even more difficult     When parents separate and divorce, it is extremely unsettling, stressful and destabilizing for...

We All Must Consider Ourselves Witnesses

Before the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library was dedicated in 2005, before the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education was opened in 2000 (both at Chapman...

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In Memoriam- Mighty Mensch-Polly Sloan was an icon of Jewish Orange County

“When Polly Sloan (1925-2022) died in her Monarch Beach home on May 31 at age 97, it wasn’t only the end of an era;...

News & Jews- A California university will rename a library building previously named after a Nazi sympathizer

The California State University Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to remove the name of an unrepentant antisemite and Nazi sympathizer from the main library...

Orange County’s Jewish History- The (Jewish) Godmother of Latin American Art

It might seem a bit odd, but the person who single-handedly introduced modern Latin American art as a legitimate field of study was not,...

Well Seasoned

If ever a cuisine may be said to be misunderstood, it must be Indian. “Too spicy” some people will say, or “I don’t like...