A Cozy Harvest Celebration

Ilene Spector Special to the Jewish Times Sukkot is the Jewish Thanksgiving. The word, meaning booths, refers to the tents or temporary dwellings of the ancient Israelites who wandered in the desert in search of the promised land. Later, the shelters also were used as harvesters’ huts before the onset of winter. So Sukkot has… Read More

Yom Kippur Resource List

First Fast – Cohen, Barbara Sneakers to Shul – Cohen, Floreva The Magic of Kol Nidre: A Yom Kippur Story – Siegel, Bruce List of Jewish Holiday Resources Available at the Aaron H. Leibtag Resource Center of the Center for Jewish Education 5800 Park Heights Avenue (410) 578-6943

Jonah and the Whale

Amy J. Kramer On the afternoon of Yom Kippur, while many families are resting at home before coming back to synagogue for the concluding service of Neilah, the Book of Jonah is read. Everyone knows about Jonah and the whale. But the Book of Jonah, says a lot more about Jonah and God than about Jonah… Read More

Yom Kippur Family Activities

Make Your Own Whale To help make the Book of Jonah come alive, sit your child down and construct your own Jonah’s whale to bring to the synagogue or show off at the final meal before the fast begins. You will need:  Black or gray construction paper or a grocery bag cotton or small pieces… Read More

The Sin Of the Golden Calf

Amy J. Kramer One cannot discuss Yom Kippur and forgiveness without mentioning the sin of the golden calf. Without this landmark event in the history of the Jewish people, there might not be a Yom Kippur. We all know this story. Moses is up on Mt. Sinai receiving the Aseret H’adibrot (the 10 Commandments), the… Read More

Yom Kippur Recipes From Local Pros

Ilene Spector Special to the Jewish Times “Break-the-fast” or “Break-fast” is used when referring to the meal ending the Yom Kippur fast. Traditional dairy foods such as eggs, cheeses and cold fishes are my mainstays. However, throughout the year I collect any new innovative recipes to add to my menu. This year I hit the… Read More

Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement

Q: Why is Yom Kippur such an important holiday in the Jewish year? According to tradition, Yom Kippur is the day on which God accepted the Jewish people’s repentance for building the Golden Calf by giving Moses a second set of ten commandments. Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with them on the tenth of Tishri… Read More

A Creative Brunch To Break The Fast

Ilene Spector Special to the Jewish Times Because Yom Kippur focuses on my favorite meal of the day, menu planning for this holiday has always been especially enjoyable. First, it’s automatically buffet-style, and no one expects any different. I can invite a few extra people, add an extra egg casserole and not worry about my… Read More

How To Make The High Holy Days Meaningful For Kids

No matter what kind of Jew you call yourself, just about everybody shows up for services on the High Holy Days. Sanctuaries that barely need three rows of seats during the rest of the year require rows of additional folding chairs during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. As one rabbi put it to the throng… Read More

A Lighter, Faster Rosh Hashanah Menu

Ilene Spector Special to the Jewish Times At Rosh Hashanah, Jewish homes are filled with the aroma of foods that have been served for generations. Nothing will take you back in time quicker than the delicious smells and tastes of these traditional foods. So what’s changed? Many families have reinvented the way they cook and… Read More