The $50K Sukkah: Celebrating the Holiday in Style

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With its panoramic views of Jerusalem, plush seating area and decorative elements, this could be almost any other room at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel. Except the floor is made of AstroTurf, the walls are made of transparent cloth, and the roof is a bamboo mat. Welcome to one of a dozen private sukkahs built on… Read More

Heaven and Other Poems

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by Israel Horovitz Three Rooms Press, 102 pages Acclaimed playwright, author and director Israel Horovitz has spent a lifetime crafting story arcs for the stage, screen and his readers’ imaginations. Now 75, he’s published his first book of poetry, offering a collection of compelling verse that, written throughout his lifetime, echoes the story of his… Read More

What sets your sukkah apart from others?

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Moshe Cohen: My wife goes on Pinterest to look up decorations. Twelve people have taken pins from her board. Yossi Burstyn: Our sukkah is filled with different decorations. Ed Gold: We say a blessing for all our exalted guests. I promise the exalted guests in our sukkah will have an awesome time. Want to place an order… Read More

Teach Us That Peace

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By Baron Wormer Piscataqua Press, 336 pages Though Baron Wormser has published 12 books of poetry and is Maine’s poet laureate, “Teach Us That Peace,” published in November 2013, is his first novel. Set in the Baltimore of Wormser’s adolescence (he was born here in 1948), “Teach Us That Peace” paints a vivid picture of… Read More

What Did King David Drink?

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The small cardboard box in Elyashiv Drori’s palm looks like it’s full of black pebbles. Closing the box quickly, he explains that it cannot be open for long. The pebble-like pieces, which were uncovered in an archaeological dig near Jerusalem’s Old City, are, in fact, remains of a kilo of grapes stored nearly 3,000 years… Read More

Where high tech meets High Holidays

Unplugging more from electronic devices has become a commonly cited resolution for both the Jewish and secular New Years. But electronics are also increasingly becoming integrated into High Holiday observances.   G-dcast, a nonprofit that is best known for its animated Torah portion videos, has been expanding its repertoire in recent years, creating videos on… Read More

Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Holocaust’s Hidden Child Survivors

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Until 1991, children hidden during the Shoah were “members of a secret society of silence, a diaspora that had gone unnoticed and unknown for decades,” says R.D. Rosen.   That year, Carla Lessing, one of the three hidden children portrayed in Rosen’s new book helped organize the First International Gathering of Children Hidden During World… Read More

The Gourmet Jewish Cookbook: More Than 200 Recipes From Around the World

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With the cooking crush of Rosh Hashanah in the rearview mirror and the next holiday of Yom Kippur fast approaching (pun intended), the next few days offer the opportunity to ponder your Sukkot menu. And if you intend to serve meat, the Prue Leith-trained chef behind one of the newest kosher cookbooks to hit the… Read More

Jewish Women’s Foundation takes a giant step forward

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The Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches plans to become the first of 24 national Jewish women’s funds affiliated with a local federation to establish itself as an autonomous organization. “Twelve years ago, an insightful and committed group of forward-thinking Jewish women came together to implement a new philanthropic model for affecting social… Read More