Colorful Cards Mark Holiday Seasons Past And Present

“L’shanah tovah,” literally, “To a good new year,” is the greeting extended throughout the Jewish world on Rosh Hashanah. The greeting, a tradition as old as the holiday itself, is unique among Jewish festivals. “Nowhere else in the calendar do you have a greeting” written in a Machzor, or holiday prayer book, said Rabbi Yaacov… Read More

Cherished Favorite Recipes For Rosh Hashanah

Ilene Spector Special to the Jewish Times Rosh Hashanah is a great time to share many of the family recipes I’ve been swapping throughout the year. Maybe not “haute cuisine” but sometimes even better. They are cherished favorites from friends and relatives who value tradition as well as creativity when celebrating holidays. I especially appreciate… Read More

Glimpse Of The Divine

It was one of my first days as a chaplain resident at the University of Virginia Health System. As I visited patients during my regular rounds, I entered the room of a middle-aged man who was being treated for cancer.  We were different ages and came from dissimilar communities and backgrounds.  I was just 30;… Read More

Shavuot Celebrations Spur Baltimore Day School Students To Think Torah, 10 Commandments, Cheesecake

Caramel cheesecake. Strawberry cheesecake. Chocolate cheesecake. A big jar of Lactaid. Yep! It’s Shavuot again — on May 15 and 16 — and Jews across Baltimore and the world will settle down for traditional dairy treats such as blintzes and vegetable lasagna. But Shavuot isn’t about the dairy food we eat, but rather a celebration… Read More

On Shavuot, An Exploration Of Contemporary Issues Surrounding Conversion

By Simone Ellin Senior features reporter Next week, Jews celebrate Shavuot. The holiday, which falls this year on May 15 and 16, commemorates God’s giving of the Torah to the Jews at Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago. On Shavuot, it is customary to read The Book of Ruth.  Therein, Ruth the Moabite, also… Read More

Where Are We Going, What Are We Doing?

A few years ago, I took a trip to Phoenix. The highlight was a day-long outing to the Grand Canyon. If you have been there, you know how absolutely breathtaking the first sight of the Grand Canyon is. After looking out into the canyon for quite some time, I decided to engage in one of… Read More

Also Playing: ‘Finding Kalman’

In commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and Yom Ha’Shoah, “Finding Kalman,” a 30-minute documentary that tells the story of Holocaust survivor Anna Jacobs and her brother, will air April 7 at 5 p.m on WETA HD; April 13 at 11:30 a.m. on WHUT; and nationwide during the month of April.

African-Israeli Personalities Hoping To Change Community’s Image

When Yityish Aynaw immigrated from Ethiopia to Israel at age 12, she was thrust into an Israeli classroom. An orphan lacking Hebrew skills, Aynaw said she relied on other kids and her own sheer ambition to get through. Ten years later, Aynaw, 22, is the first Ethiopian-Israeli to be crowned Miss Israel — a title… Read More

J Street Has Carved Out Its Place; Israelis Say Policies Don’t Jibe

The excitement is infectious. The growth astounding. J Street, turning 5 years old next week, has grown steadily and exponentially. “We are an important voice in the debate and discussion about Israel,” said Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Street. “I don’t want to overstate anything. There has been very steady, gradual growth and gradual… Read More

Holocaust Trains Are Jewel of Greek Enthusiast

It was spring in northern Greece, 1943. Efthymios Kontopoulos, 13, had come to Thessaloniki for the day when he saw Nazis rounding up the city’s Jews. “My father brought me into town,” Kontopoulos, who is not Jewish, said. “We saw them being taken away. They were with their [yellow] badges.”