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  • A military miracle: Chanukah care for U.S. armed forces personnel

    1 week ago

    On Chanukah, Jews around the world pay tribute to the Maccabees, a small band of Jewish soldiers who pulled off an improbable military victory.

    Members of the Israel Defense Forces carry on that legacy today, and for Hanukkah, they too are recognized alongside their Maccabean...

  • Biden at Chanukah candle-lighting: Jewish heritage is American heritage

    2 weeks ago

    Jewish notions of religious freedom so informed the American ethos that it “is fair to say that Jewish heritage is American heritage,” Vice President Joe Biden said at a menorah-lighting in front of the White House.

    Biden, attending the Dec. 16 event organized by American Friends...

  • Moving and shaking: StandWithUs, Chanukah in Los Angeles and Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    Stephen Wise Temple has named Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback as its next senior rabbi.

    The senior rabbi-elect, who is currently the head of Wise School, the synagogue’s day school for kindergarten through sixth grade and early childhood center, succeeds Rabbi Eli Herscher, according to a...

  • Remarks by Obama at afternoon Chanukah reception

    2 weeks ago

    AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Happy Hanukkah, Mr. President!  

    THE PRESIDENT:  Well, Happy Hanukkah to you!  You stole my line.   Happy Hanukkah, everybody. 

    AUDIENCE:  Happy Hannukah.

    MRS. OBAMA:  Welcome to the White House.  I want to welcome the members of Congress who are here...

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  • Gross’ release, and changes in diplomatic ties, signals new day for Cuban Jews

    2 weeks ago

    Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more.

    Gross’ flight home to suburban Washington on Wednesday with his wife, Judy, was part of a...

  • Letters to the editor: Barack Obama, Guy Davidi, happy Chanukah and more

    2 weeks ago

    Backing Barack

    Yes, finally a prominent voice from the Jewish community has spoken truth to fact (“Why Jews Still Back Obama,” Dec. 12). Kudos to Rob Eshman for stating facts, and not falling for the loud, anti-Obama voices on the right.

    Allan Kretchman via email

    Nice article...

  • Jews get into the Christmas spirit

    2 weeks ago

    Sonny Calderon still remembers the words his outraged 8-year-old son cried out when he learned Santa Claus wasn’t real, that his father had been perpetuating a myth: “I hate you, and I hate the way your farts smell.”

    Calderon relived this traumatic moment on Dec. 10 in front of a...

  • My menorah and my Christmas tree

    2 weeks ago

    For me as a youngster, Christmas was always something others did.  But I married a non Jew and in our early years together, experienced a great deal of conflict over his desire for a Christmas tree.  For several years, each December, we engaged in the same heated discussion that...

  • Steven Sotloff’s parents to light public menorah in his memory

    2 weeks ago

    The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish journalist who was beheaded by a member of ISIS, will light a public menorah in Miami in his memory.

    Arthur and Shirley Sotloff will light the first candle of Hanukkah on Tuesday night at the Chabad center.

    “Steve was a proud Jew who...

  • Why Chanukah matters

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    There’s a certain narrative about Chanukah that has become near conventional wisdom among American Jews, and it goes like this:

    Chanukah is a fun holiday that is big in America, thanks to its proximity to Christmas. But really, it’s a “minor” holiday that is more impactful...

  • Deconstructing the latke: A user’s guide

    2 weeks ago

    Latkes, doughnuts and fritters — in Jewish homes, everyone’s frying this month, much as we have been for the last 2,000 years or so. Frankly, you’ve got to love a religion that actually encourages you to eat deep-fried foods — especially with sour cream!

    All Jewish festivals have...

  • Grilled cheese latkes

    2 weeks ago

    This recipe originally appeared on Kosher in the Kitch.

    Ingredients:

    • 16 oz. shredded potatoes (about 3 1/2 cups)
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 T flour
    • 2 scallions chopped up
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Sliced muenster cheese
    • Spicy Mayo for serving
    • Chopped Scallions for serving
    ...
  • Poutine Latkes

    2 weeks ago

    This recipe originally appeared on Kosher in the Kitch.

    Ingredients:

    Potato Latkes

    • 1 lb shredded potatoes (4 cups) -> Frozen works great! Just defrost the bag first
    • 1 small onion, shredded
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 t salt
    • 1/4 t black pepper
    • 2 T flour
    • Optional: 3 T...
  • The Jews who lit up the oil business

    2 weeks ago

    Chanukah’s glow will soon be rekindled, and as we again tell the story of the miracle of the oil in the Temple, it’s also a good time to shed light on another kind of miracle, this one more local, of how Jews helped to light up the early oil business in Los Angeles.

    Among urban...

  • Lisa Loeb’s new Chanukah song “Light”

    2 weeks ago

    Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb has just released an original Chanukah song called "Light." Telling the inspiring story of hope in the darkness, the song captures the essence of the metaphor of Chanukah that no matter how little there is left there is always hope. "I realized there aren't enough Chanukah songs this time of year, and I think that everyone has to find their light." 

  • Scott Walker’s inflammatory Chanukah cocktail

    3 weeks ago

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has brought a whole new meaning to the notion of kindling the Chanukah flames.

    When Walker, who is a top-tier contender for the GOP presidential nomination, was Milwaukee county executive, he sent a letter to one of his Jewish constituents offering...

  • Chanukah: The Twitter holiday?

    By David Suissa

    3 weeks ago

    Chanukah is both the most powerful and most precarious of Jewish holidays. For one thing, the simple act of lighting Chanukah candles and making them visible to the outside world symbolizes the greatest lesson in Judaism — the call for the Jewish people to be a light unto the...

  • 8 Ways to Make Your Chanukah More Sustainable

    3 weeks ago

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh

    From foods to gifts, there’s many ways to add sustainable practices to your Chanukah celebrations. Please share your ideas in the comments section at the bottom!

    1. Organic apples and potatoes
    Apples and potatoes are ranked #1 and...

  • Make your Chanukah party one for the ages with these recipes

    By Judy Zeidler

    3 weeks ago

    Chanukah is not just for children, but usually they have most of the fun. They open presents, light candles during the eight days of the holiday and get more than their share of cookies and potato latkes. Our Chanukah party will be shared by four generations this year because our...

  • Lights, Camera … Latkes

    By Elana Horwich

    3 weeks ago

    [Video below!]

    It’s easy to look like a frizzy-haired sweaty mess while cooking on camera. The studio lights beam into my eyes, the stove burners and ovens heat up the kitchen. And because the audience of the videos I am shooting will not be able to actually taste the latkes and...

  • Chanukah 5775: Rededicating Ourselves to Helping Others

    3 weeks ago

    Chanukah is one of the Jewish people’s most beloved holidays.  We light the menorah, sing songs and eat delicious food. It’s a celebration of life and Jewish survival. And, like most holidays that commemorate a struggle against oppression, it is also a time of collective and...

  • Sfenj: Tough to pronounce, easy to eat

    By David Suissa

    3 weeks ago

    This recipe is my little Chanukah gift to all my Ashkenazi friends, who never got to wake up on Sunday mornings in Casablanca to the smell of the world’s greatest doughnuts — my mother’s sfenj. You won’t find these hot, doughy marvels at Krispy Kreme or any of those trendy new...

  • Say it with song: Children’s books for the Festival of Lights

    December 4, 2014 | 11:45 am

    “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel” by Caryn Yacowitz, illustrated by David Slonim (Arthur A. Levine Books). 

    It seems that old ladies don’t just swallow flies anymore. Comical illustrations, all satirizing famous paintings, are the stars of this funny book, beginning on...

  • Homemade sufganiyot recipes to brighten Chanukah celebrations

    December 3, 2014 | 11:01 am

    Chanukah has always been a joyful holiday for children and adults.

    A good story about a victory and a miracle, great food like doughnuts and latkes, but more than anything, the chanukiyah — the menorah — whose light gives the holiday an atmosphere of magic and mystery.

    I’ve...

  • Eight nights of Chanukah chocolate

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    December 1, 2014 | 5:34 pm

    Each bite of chocolate makes him want "more," confessed my friend. Here are eight ideas for adding "more chocolate" to each night's celebration of Chanukah.

    On the First Night of Chanukah: Dec. 16, 2014

    Bake: Peanut Butter Chanukah Gelt Cookies

    This easy treat maintains the...

  • Eddie Carmona, Barack Obama, and Me

    December 9, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    Last Thursday, I met two extraordinary gentlemen in the span three hours.   I was invited, along with hundreds of other Jewish leaders from across the country, to Washington D.C. to gather in the “People’s House” to celebrate the conclusion of Chanukah.   My good friend and...

  • Chanukah at the White House

    By Rob Eshman

    December 6, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    My new favorite way to celebrate Chanukah is lighting candles with Barack Obama.

    The White House Chanukah Party was held Dec 5, a day after Chanukah.  It was my first time attending the annual event, which President George W. Bush began in 2001.  I don’t expect it’s one of those...

  • The flavors of Thanksgivukkah

    December 4, 2013 | 6:03 pm

    Organizers of the Thanksgivukkah Festival, a local celebration of the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Chanukah and Thanksgiving, figured the Pico Union Project in central Los Angeles would be the ideal place to party. 

    The building, much like the holiday, is a bit of a mash-up....

  • AJR-CA dedicates new campus

    By Ryan Torok

    December 4, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    With Chanukah marking the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees’ defeat of Judea’s Seleucid rulers more than 2,000 years ago, the week of the holiday turned out to be the perfect time for the Academy of Jewish Religion, California (AJR-CA) to celebrate...

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