What’s your favorite thing to do on a snow day?

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Chana Bernstein: Have brunch and then make a snowman! Kenny Sprafkin: Go to work because I can get a lot done when no one else is there. Tanya Ruttenberg: I love to organize and do household things that I usually can’t get to. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Operation Islands Of Hope

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Typhoon Haiyan, a powerful cyclone, hit the Philippines in early November. Although the cyclone did not directly affect Israel in any way, Israel immediately sent a delegation to help with medical treatment and repairing damaged infrastructures. Operation Islands of Hope was a delegation comprised of 150 people and 100 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies…. Read More

The Why Of Things

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By Peter Rabbins Cloth 2013, 304 pages What caused this book review to be written? Is it because the book was written? Or, perhaps, because the reviewer was born. The printing press, the personal computer, Aristotle and myriad other factors can all be taken into consideration when asking the question, “What caused this book review… Read More

What is your favorite way to volunteer/give back?

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Robert Gootzit: Donating money. Libby Berman: Helping The Associated find places for Russian immigrants [in the past]. Bill Abadie: I donate clothes and goods from around the house. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Festivals Season

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The first jelly doughnut in the bakeries symbolizes the opening of “Festivals Season” in Israel. During this time — seven days of vacation from school — parents are looking for activities for their kids. Unlike the summer vacation, when children can spend a lot of time at the pool or the beach, it is usually… Read More

At The Bottom Of Everything

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By Ben Dolnick Pantheon 2013, 256 pages Seldom do works of fiction come along that allow the reader not only to enjoy the story, but also to actually experience the story. “At the Bottom of Everything” by Ben Dolnick does just this. The backbone of the novel is simple and relatable. It is a tale… Read More

Do you have any longstanding Chanukah traditions?

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Anita Katz: The grandkids each got a menorah when they were born. They all will be lighting candles on Chanukah. Debbie & Mitchel Saltzman: Cantor Susan Alcott: No one can get their gifts until we sing all the songs! Melissa Shnidman: No one can get their gifts until we sing all the songs! Want to place an order online?… Read More

Israel App

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Millions of tourists to Israel now have a complete mobile audio tour guide and travel companion at their fingertips, as Israel App redefines the Israel travel experience for the 21st-century traveler. With stunning visuals, crisp informative audio content and hundreds of GPS-based guided tours, Israel App delivers a complete travel experience in the palm of… Read More

The Sisters Weiss

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St. Martin’s Press 2013, 336 pages In 1950s Brooklyn, sisters Rose and Pearl Weiss grow up in a loving but strict Ultra-Orthodox family, never imagining to defy their parents or their community. Rose dreams of a world outside of her sheltered life and leaves behind her younger sister, Pearl, her family and her way of… Read More

What are your Thanksgivukkah plans?

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Essie Keyser: We are planning a big celebration where we will either stuff the turkey with latkes or eat them on the side. Michael Taylor: Turkey fry in the morning! Cantor Susan Alcott: I am thinking of bringing some latkes to where we are going to celebrate. We are bringing a menorah, and we will sing some songs…. Read More