The egg cream was born in the poor and crowded Jewish communities of the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. There was a time when every New York diner and ice cream parlor offered them. Aside from nostalgia, what is the egg cream’s appeal? Read on.
If you’re in need of inspiration, look no further than Orthodox mom of four Liba Yoffe, who is competing in the current season of “American Ninja Warrior,” a popular fitness competition on NBC. Yoffe draws an incredible amount of strength from her deep love of and respect for Jewish tradition and women's empowerment. Watch her inspiring audition video!
Miz Cracker, who gained fame on "RuPaul’s Drag Race", is kind, hilarious, and the type of person your bubbe would kvell over. Her comedy is rooted in Jewishness: her catchphrase is “Shabbat shablam!” Her puns, well-calculated quips, and pervasive wit of her jokes are Jewish in origin. While she grew up in a Lubavitch community, her connection with Judaism increased as she became more secular. Read the interview.
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On a tramway that connects several Jerusalem neighborhoods from East to West, a mosaic of people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds are brought together. A film by Israeli director Amos Gitai. Watch free.
Steve Goode is on a 75-day trek called the Great American Deli Schlep, during which he will stop at 42 Jewish delis across the United States to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity. Inspired by this 2018 article about the best Jewish deli in every state, he partnered with Mazon, a Jewish nonprofit working to combat hunger, to help with logistics and get the word out. Read about his journey!
This Saturday, June 19, marks the first time that Juneteenth will be observed as a federal holiday. Learn about seven events that you can participate in this weekend to celebrate Juneteenth through a Jewish lens, including Shabbat services and Havdalahs.
Five types of secrets that appear in the Bible help to illuminate key truths about life. An interesting and revealing read in Tablet Magazine. Read on!
Sholem Aleichem meets Tarantino in a new novel set in a shtetl that blends feminism, Zionism, and sword fights. Israeli novelist Yaniv Iczkovits brings his own brand of adventure to 19th-century Poland by mashing up genres that usually keep to themselves. Find on Amazon and available at the Sonoma County Library (and the free Libby App for e-book and audiobook). Read the exciting review!