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November 2018

Advice & Consent

May I make a suggestion? No, really. I am seeking your consent to offer a criticism couched as helpful advice. I picked up the...

Dignity, Respect & Dedication

Bonnie Curkin, the founder of Bubbe & Zayde’s Place, is no stranger to helping the elderly or to giving a voice to those who...

Let’s Play More

Consider the following imagining found in the Talmud : “Rav Yehuda says, there are twelve hours in a day. The first three-hours G-d sits and...

Reflections on a Tattooed Jew

I used to do a double-take if I saw a woman with “sleeves,” tattoos all the way up and down her arms. A neck...

Between High Holy Days and Hanukkah

      November 2018  Open houses and celebrations highlight November By Ilene Schneider   As the Jewish calendar heads toward an early Hanukkah (still the 25th of Kislev, but early...

Bar Mitzvah Party Time

Having a Bat or Bar Mitzvah is a rite of passage for the young Jewish lady or man and is rich with tradition, but...

Lessons in Chill

So often we verbalize our frustration at the little inconveniences that life brings us. The car who cut us off while merging into the...

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JLIife Extra December 2020

Zooming as Usual Jewish organizations wrap up year By Ilene Schneider The last month of 2020 will continue with an assortment of remote programs for the Jewish...

Lighting the Way

If Mattathias were alive today, how would you define him? American-Jew, Greek-Assimilated Jew? Every year at Hanukkah, we celebrate the miracle of light. What...

Miracle of the Oil

A pervasive paranoia has swept through our health-conscious nation—alas, the fear of frying. If you want to enjoy Hanukkah, however, get over it! Although the...

Ready to Begin Again

Not all miracles in Jewish history get holidays unto themselves. What was so special about Hanukkah that it became something to celebrate every year?  ...