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101st Rose Queen Says She’s The First Jewish And First LGBTQ Queen

LGBTQ - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am

BY MARCY OSTER FOR THE FORWARD

(JTA) — Louise Deser Siskel, a high school senior who will preside over the New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade, says she is the first Jewish Rose queen in the parade’s 101-year history.

Siskel, 18, also told the local media that she is the first LGBTQ queen and the first queen that wears glasses, though none of these firsts have been officially verified.

 

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‘Deeply illiberal’ shechita ban condemned by UK Jewish leaders

news-in-the-jewish-world - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
From Times of Israel/JewishNews


President of the Board says the decision is a "major set-back" to the country's reputation as being progressive and urges a re-think


UK Jewish representatives have said Belgium’s ban on shechita “offends against the human right of relisious freedom” after the country’s law to stop non-stun slaughter took effect.

The implementation of the ban, which came into effect in the region of Flanders on 1 January, will impact on both the country’s Jewish and Muslim communities, and European Jewish figures say it “puts Jewish life at risk” and runs counter to public pronouncements from politicians that Jewish life should be protected.

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Author Lemony Snicket’s ‘Jewish story’ on Netflix

jewish-arts-and-media - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
BY JOSH WEISS for JWeekly


Almost 20 years since the publication of “The Bad Beginning” and 13 years (a fittingly unlucky figure) since its film adaptation, Netflix has given Lemony Snicket’s book series, “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” new life. All eight episodes of the first season were released on Jan. 13.

Filled with incredible actors, breathtaking set designs and an engaging plot infused with humor and melancholy, the new show is everything fans could have hoped for after all this time.

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In Israel, it’s knafeh that takes the cake

jewish-food - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
By Jessica Halfin for Israel21c


As the sweet, sticky, cheesy treat has entered contemporary cuisine, knafeh is open to interpretation by home cooks, restaurant chefs and hipsters.


In South Tel Aviv, in a gentrified historical neighborhood called Florentin, British immigrant Dean Essa recently opened a new culinary hangout, Kanafanji.

It may look like a hip espresso bar, but Kanafanji specializes in knafeh (also spelled “kanafeh”), an Arabic dessert made with shredded vermicelli-like pastry noodles (kadaif) moistened with clarified butter, covered with crumbles of sheep or goat cheese and seared on both sides until golden. Before serving, the knafeh is showered in spiced heavy syrup.

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Game Apps for Your Child to Learn About Ecosystems, Habitats & Biomes

children-and-families - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


By Yonah Kirschner, DigitalJlearning


As the Jewish holiday most closely connected to the environment and the natural world, Tu Bishvat provides a great opportunity for teachers to include earth and environmental science in their curriculum. This year, we were inspired by Jewish texts about the natural world. For each text, we’ve taken out a particular topic you can focus on in your classroom and provided educational technology resources that can help your students reach their learning goals. Our hope is that after using these tools and developing a stronger understanding of Earth, your students will have a more meaningful Tu Bishvat.

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The Scroll’s Year in Review

jewish-books - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
By The Scroll for Tablet Magazine 


Some 2018 reading you might have missed to catch up on in the year ahead


A few weeks ago we offered a neat, numbered list of the “Tablet Top 10: An entirely subjective list, presented in no particular order, of our 10 favorite articles from Tablet’s Arts & Culture and News & Politics sections in 2018.“

That was the formal affair; ‘entirely subjective’ yes, but, nevertheless, presented with all the prestige and institutional authority of the Tablet imprimatur. Today, in a rather more impulsive and personal manner, The Scroll offers some ad hoc recommendations of its own from outside the Tablet universe. 

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Zionist Union party dissolves ahead of elections

israeil-news - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
By David Isaac, World Israel News 

 

The Zionist Union, a party which combined the Israeli Labor Party and the Hatnuah Party, has broken up ahead of elections.


The Zionist Union, a joint list of the Israeli Labor Party and the Hatnuah Party, has broken up ahead of Knesset elections scheduled for April 9.

Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay informed Tzipi Livni, leader and founder of Hatnuah and fellow leader with Gabbay of the Zionist Union, that he was dissolving the pact between the two factions.

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Tu Bishvat

interfaith - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am

This article has been reprinted with permission from InterfaithFamily.com 


For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit Jvillage Network's Tu Bishvat Guide. 


Tu Bishvat and some of the other smaller holidays—Sukkot, Shavuot, Purim—can be great ways to introduce Jewish partners to the beauty of Judaism. Every winter, just as we start to think about spring, a minor holiday comes along. Minor enough that not all of us know what it means or how it came to be. The resources on this page can help you and your family learn about the wonder of Tu Bishvat.

The upcoming dates for Tu Bishvat are:

Beginning at sundown on: January 20, 2019; February 9, 2020; January 28, 2021.

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The Modern-day Appeal of Tu B’Shevat

celebrating-judaism - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Tu B'Shevat Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

By Jenna Weissman Joselit for Tablet Magazine 


The Jewish New Year of the Trees demands little of us, but offers us a chance to connect our roots with good causes, new rituals, and recipes


If ever there was a holiday ripe for revitalization and collective embrace, it’s Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees. Falling smack in the middle of winter, when the weather is usually not at its best, the age-old festival, which some scholars date to the early Middle Ages, heralds the prospect of regeneration, of sunnier days ahead. That alone should commend it to North American Jews, lifting their spirits when they sag under the weight of gloves and hats and scarves, their movement impeded by the heavy tread of boots.

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6 Israeli Cleantech Companies Putting Sustainability at the Top of Their Agenda

green-living - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
By Klara Strube, NoCamels


For at least several decades, an overwhelming majority of climate scientists have agreed that global warming trends are occurring at a faster pace and are primarily driven by greenhouse gases emitted by human activities.

But the issue has become highly politicized, especially in the United States, even as new evidence emerges that urgent action is required. Hurricanes, floods, disease outbreaks are all set to worsen over the next decades if international efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions are not fruitful. At the UN this week, 190 countries agreed to a universal, transparent set of rules on how nations can cut gas emissions but delayed more concrete, impactful decisions.

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Top 10 Jewish stories of 2018

featured-articles - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:00am
From religionnews.com


(RNS) — The brutality of anti-Semitism in several forms dominated the top 10 news stories related to Jews and Judaism this year. But there were important and even happy developments as well.

 

1. The Tree of Life synagogue shooting


The “slaughter of the innocents” in a Pittsburgh synagogue in October was the single worst anti-Jewish attack in U.S. history, with 11 worshippers killed (among them were two of my cousins, Cecil and David Rosenthal). The swift public revulsion and denunciation of the massacre cut across all religious, ethnic and racial boundaries and resulted in a vast outpouring of support for the American Jewish community.

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Vaera

weekly-torah-portion - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am

Exodus 6:2-9:35 


BY MIRIAM LIEBMAN for JTS


REDEEMING THE PLAGUES


Every year at the Passover seder, there is a brief pause in the chaos when everyone dips a finger in their cup of wine and spills a single drop for each of the ten plagues. We are spilling wine to remind ourselves that although the plagues served as miracles for us, those miracles came at the expense of others. That moment of reflection comes to a quick end when so many seder tables begin to sing upbeat melodies listing each of the plagues and reminding ourselves of our own redemption and the miraculous acts God performed in order to take us out of Egypt. But what does it really mean for us that our redemption comes at the expense of others’ suffering?

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The Mad That We Feel: A Video Response from Pittsburgh

young-adults - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am
BY ILANA DIAMANT for newvoices.org


The day that my street became a crime scene, I didn’t go to my job as a waitress. Everything was too heart-achingly fresh and the lockdown wasn’t lifted until it was too late, anyway. I went to work the next day, though. And the day after that. On Tuesdays, my second job entails teaching high schoolers filmmaking technique and overseeing their productions. None are Jewish. Some live in close proximity to Squirrel Hill; most don’t.


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The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Jewish Comedian Leah Forster

LGBTQ - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am
By Aiden Pink for The Forward
 

Leah Forster is the Orthodox world’s favorite lesbian Jewish comedian.

Admittedly, there’s not much competition for that title. But for nearly a decade, Forster was one of the most popular entertainers in the community, until she walked away from the business and her strict ultra-observant lifestyle. Now she’s making a comeback in both the religious and secular worlds — but some ultra-Orthodox rabbis are trying to stop her.

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With Intermarriage Endorsement, Rabbi Hopes To Start ‘Grass Roots’ Movement

news-in-the-jewish-world - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am
By Ari Feldman for The Forward
 

A synagogue in Virginia has issued a statement saying it’s in favor of Conservative rabbis presiding at interfaith weddings even though the movement still officially bans the practice.

In a Facebook post, the synagogue’s rabbi said that its board had voted to allow its clergy to marry a Jewish person to a non-Jewish person, but only when the movement formally allows its rabbis to do so. That means the vote and the statement are symbolic.

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Borscht Belt Hotel Food Gets Star Turn In ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

jewish-arts-and-media - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am
By Shira Feder for The Forward
 

There was a time when to any Jew in the know, “the mountains” meant the Catskills, and “the Catskills” meant the Borscht Belt, the site of orgiastic meals, frenzied sexual activity and cutting edge comedy. (A sampling: “Did you hear about the bum who walked up to a Jewish mother on the street and said, ‘Lady, I haven’t eaten in three days.’ ’ ‘Force yourself,’ she replied.” And yes, Woody Allen, Jerry Lewis and Jerry Seinfeld all performed there.)

 

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Warm yourself this winter with Israel’s favorite hot milk drink… and win a cookbook

jewish-food - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am
Israel21c
 

In the second in our Tayim cooking videos, our chef shows you in less than a minute how to cook the warming Mideast beverage, sachlav. Share the video and you could win a great Israeli cookbook!
 

First we started with donuts, now we teach you how to make the popular Middle East hot milk beverage – sachlav – in the second cooking video of our new Tayim (tasty) series.

In less than a minute, 21see’s Tayim videos teach you how to make classic Israeli dishes in your own kitchen.

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We Are Family: Jewish Mizrahi Folktale for Kids

children-and-families - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am
from BimBam.com
 

Watch this episode of Shaboom: Plotz Landing as Gabi and Rafael slide into a Jewish folktale and help two brothers learn about love and the appreciation of family. And along the way they learn the words to Hinei Ma Tov, a Jewish song about peace.

Enjoy another similar folktale from PJ Library with “One City, Two Brothers.” 

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On the Future of the Holocaust Novel

jewish-books - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am
By Bram Presser for Jewish Book Council
 

In the not-too-distant future, the Holocaust will have passed from living memory. There will be no survivors left to tell us of the horrors they endured, or the triumph of survival, or even the mundane minutiae that is so rarely acknowledged. What they will have left behind is, of course, extraordinary. In volume. In breadth. In depth. Countless words, many of them assembled into great works of literature, others into more modest efforts, written down so that their families might know. Thousands upon thousands of hours of audio and video testimony, pictures, diagrams, photos, ephemera of the most varied kinds. Soon, however, it will all begin to gather dust, to fade into history. It will become a setting, a context, just like every other historical catastrophe.

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2,000-year-old inscription is earliest-ever spelling of Jerusalem

israeil-news - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:00am
by Benyamin Cohen for FromtheGrapevine 

 

Rare artifact going on display for public to see.


Sure, Jerusalem is known as an ancient city. But rarely has the archaeological spotlight shone on the name of the city itself. That is, until today. Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,000 year-old stone inscription that notes the full Hebrew spelling of the word Jerusalem. Previous artifacts have either been in Aramaic or used an abbreviated version of Jerusalem. The discovery was announced today at a joint press conference of the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Museum.

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