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Community Snapshot: Cincinnati OH

March 22, 2017, by

Back in 2005, when my husband – a native Cincinnatian– and I started dating, one of the first things my Brooklyn-born father said was: “There are Jews in Cincinnati?” Much to his surprise, Cincinnati is one of the oldest Jewish communities in America, dating back to 1817, and our Orthodox community here is strong and

Getting through Pesach

March 22, 2017, by

It’s that time of the year again… the holiday season. Perhaps nothing is more challenging than getting through Pesach with your health and weight intact. As daunting and challenging as this may seem, a few little tricks and just a little self-discipline can get you through virtually unscathed.   There are essentially three areas where

Going Viral: Thoughts on the BBC Interview Blooper

March 17, 2017, by

It was the surprise hit of the season. Professor Robert Kelly is an expert on South Korean politics. He was conducting an interview with the BBC from his home office on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye when his two young children wandered into the shot. First, his four-year-old daughter, Marion, literally danced

Community Snapshot: Highland Park/Edison, NJ

March 16, 2017, by

Growing up in Bergen County, I didn’t think there was any other place in New Jersey where Jews could flourish. I met a guy from South Jersey – he worked there, I worked in Manhattan so we needed to find a home halfway. We spent a shabbos in Highland Park/Edison and it felt very familiar.

Empowering Orthodox Women through Art and Creativity

March 16, 2017, by

For its tenth anniversary year, ATARA (The Association for Torah and the Arts) held its annual Creative and Performing Arts Convention for Women in Baltimore, MD over the first weekend in March. The first time hosted by a Jewish community outside of New York or New Jersey, professional musicians, dancers, theater artists, filmmakers, creative writers

​Snapshot:​ Southfield, MI

March 16, 2017, by

When Ariella Shaffren moved to Southfield, MI, from Teaneck, NJ, in 2012, one of the first things she noticed was the more relaxed pace of life. “No one honks their cars, no one is rushing anywhere, and commutes to work match the actual times listed on Google maps!” she said. Aside from less harried driving,

The Charms of Rochester, NY

March 8, 2017, by

Nestled on the Southern shore of Lake Ontario, Rochester, NY is known for its slightly unpredictable weather and family-friendly living – Orthodox Jewish families included. With three Orthodox shuls and several Chabad centers, two day schools, separate boys’ and girls’ yeshiva high schools and a mikveh, eruv and kosher food availability, Rochester is a fantastic choice for

My National Service

March 6, 2017, by

Three o’clock on a winter Friday afternoon, with a four-month-old baby in my left hand, I am tacking olive-green fatigues onto a laundry line with my right. My husband needs these uniforms dry in time to pack Saturday night because he’ll be davening at neitz on Sunday before leaving at seven AM for another long

Some People Make It Difficult

March 6, 2017, by

In a few recent opinion pieces, I’ve made passing mention of having some Muslim friends. This is important because many observant Jews don’t know any Muslims at all, with the result that everything they know about Muslims comes from reports of terrorism in the news. This, of course, is a grave injustice to the overwhelming

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