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  • Santa, the Easter bunny and raising a Jewish child

    December 19, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    Last spring, I found myself averting my eyes when my 4-year-old mentioned something about the Easter bunny in front of my dad.

    We were at my parents’ home in Michigan for Passover and my son said, “When I get back to Brooklyn, the Easter bunny is going to bring me a basket!”

    I...

  • Calendar: December 21-January 3

    By Laura Donney

    December 19, 2013 | 11:17 am

    MON | DEC 23

    WOODY ALLEN AND HIS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND

    Forget the movies — the man is making music. With more than 35 years of bringing New Orleans-inspired music to audiences all over the world, the band has mastered creating the sounds Allen has loved since childhood,...

  • How To Stuff Your Face and Stay Thin Over the Holidays

    By Elana Horwich

    December 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Eat only celery! Just kidding. Like that’s an option. People who give that kind of advice clearly could never be good in bed.

    We warm-blooded people are all going to eat a lot…as this is a time to relax, be with loved ones and stuff our happy faces.

    I often talk about how food...

  • A Jew steps into Christmas

    December 17, 2013 | 3:48 pm

    I got offered a part in a Christmas movie over the summer. It’s called “Defending Santa” and stars Dean Cain, Jud Tylor and my movie wife, Jodie Sweetin, best known for playing Stephanie on “Full House.” 

    I’m always happy to be on a set. Acting is one of those jobs where you...

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  • BDS, the best of Hanukkah, TripAdvisor awards, Christmas and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2013 | 7:30 am

    Connected by sea


    Just because there is an official conflict, does not mean the two sides cannot work together. Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority inked an agreement to build a long-anticipated pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, part of an initiative that would...

  • Chanukah and Christmas: A legacy of bad timing

    November 13, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    Admit it. It is bad timing, these two very unique festivals of two very different faiths colliding in time and space. Even when our Hebraic lunar calendar separates the two by a week or so, the commercial heralding of both in our consumer-focused society continually blends the two,...

  • Will Santa bring Obama peace for Christmas?

    October 30, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    It is too early to tell what will emerge from talks among the new diplomatic triumvirate composed of the United States, Russia and Iran. But one thing is for certain: Even the worst of all agreements is far superior to the current situation. 

    Certainly, I understand the problems...

  • Letters to the Editor: Prager on murder, Spiritual care, Christmas Mitzvah, Seeking former students

    January 2, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Prager on Murder

    It is quite something to read Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion dean Joshua Holo’s caricature Dennis Prager as reckless, heedless, gratuitously hostile and a provocateur “painting in broad strokes of facile caricature” (Letters, Dec. 21), when...

  • The Dark Side of Judaism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 2, 2013 | 10:32 am

    On December 24th, the rabbinate of Haifa, which is one of the largest Israeli cities, sent a letter to local hotels and event halls, warning them they will lose their Kashrut supervision if they hold New Year's Eve or Christmas parties on their premises. The letter, as published on...

  • Tunisian minister wishes Jews a Merry Christmas

    January 2, 2013 | 9:22 am

    A Tunisian minister in charge of emigres wished a Merry Christmas to the country’s Jews.

    “I want to wish all the Jews of Tunisia a happy holiday tonight, it is a big holiday all over the world,” Houcine El Jaziri, Tunisia’s state secretary for immigration and Tunisians living...

  • In Christmas message, Netanyahu pledges to protect Christian sites

    December 24, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    In his yearly Christmas greeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not tolerate attacks on places of Christian worship.

    "Israel is proud of its record of religious tolerance and pluralism, and Israel will continue to protect freedom of religion for all. And...

  • Santa Claus in Jerusalem?

    December 23, 2012 | 11:32 pm

    Santa Claus hands his bell to five year old Ryuya Ando, who energetically shakes it. Ando’s parents, United Nations employees from Japan, get in line for a Christmas tree.

    “People don’t usually celebrate Christmas here in Jerusalem,” Hideyuki Ando tells The Media Line. “I’m a...

  • Pope praises French rabbi’s essay against gay marriage

    December 21, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    In his Christmas address to Vatican officials, Pope Benedict reportedly praised an essay by France’s chief rabbi on the negative effects of gay marriage.

    According to Reuters, the Pope called the essay by Rabbi Gilles Bernheim “profoundly moving” during the Pope’s speech in the...

  • Jews volunteering on Christmas

    By Ryan Torok

    December 19, 2012 | 3:23 pm

    Whether it’s dressing up as Santa Claus and posing for photographs with low-income kids or serving turkey and ham to the homeless, many Jews volunteer to break out of their element at this time of year in order to bring Christmas joy to families in need.

    Among them is Rabbi Mark...

  • Hunting for the perfect (JNF) Christmas tree—in Israel

    December 17, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    Winding up and down the rows of Arizona brush trees, Jason Heeney sees slim pickings for Christmas.

    “This tree would be hard to put the star on," Heeney says. "It’s totally flat, like a smushed nose.”

    The Michigan native and his friend, native Parisian Emie Genty, have driven...

  • Refaeli ripped for donning Santa suit

    December 10, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Bar Refaeli is getting heat again -- this time for a picture showing the Israeli model in a Santa suit.

    Refaeli posted the photo last week on her Instagram account with the caption "Good Morning Santa," according to Shalom Life. The hat is drawn over her eyes; Shalom Life said...

  • Holiday music puts the Cha Cha Cha in Chanukah

    December 6, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    December always brings a torrent of Christmas-themed recordings by musical artists of all stripes. If you’re at all serious about longevity in a recording career, you record an album of holiday music — the sooner, the better.

    No matter what the state of the recording industry,...

  • Ken Elkinson: Holiday sounds of chill

    December 6, 2012 | 11:59 am

    When musician Ken Elkinson began receiving kudos for his Christmas album, he knew it was time to return to his roots. “I started feeling guilty that I was selling my people out,” Elkinson, 40, said, speaking by phone from his home in Los Angeles. While he was in esteemed company...

  • Shining a new light on the Jewish response to Christmas

    November 30, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    From Kung Pao kosher comedy to a swinging Mardi Gras version of the “Dreidel” song, two new Chanukah season releases explore the intriguing, delightful and sometimes perplexing ways in which American Jews have responded to Christmas.

    In a book and an audio CD compilation, the...

  • ‘Coney Island’: A Christmas Story for Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 21, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    Donald Margulies was in his New Haven study when a surprising call came from Gil Cates, the renowned artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse.

    Cates — who died last November at 77 — had overseen four Margulies productions at the Geffen, had just directed the Pulitzer...

  • The Real Housewives of NYC Stays Fake but Gets Good

    By Ilana Angel

    August 9, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I’ve been watching all season but truth be told, I’m bored. The new chicks are not that interesting and the old chicks have a hag quality that is not entertaining.  I simply could not be bothered to blog about it.  I wasn’t paying close enough attention to recap it, so I...

  • Santa Monica nativity ban hits menorahs, too

    June 14, 2012 | 12:29 am

    The Santa Monica City Council has banned all future nativity, anti-nativity and Chanukah displays at the oceanfront Palisades Park. The 5-0 vote on June 12 ends a nearly 60-year winter tradition.

    The religious displays have been the subject of controversy in recent years, with...

  • ‘American Reunion’ scribes on A Very Harold & Kumar Passover

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 5, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg were riffing off each other in a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel recently, finishing each others’ sentences as they spoke about growing up Jewish in Randolph, N.J., their new film “American Reunion” and their hit “Harold & Kumar”...

  • My Very Merry Jewish Christmas

    By Ilana Angel

    December 26, 2011 | 2:00 pm

    I had a fabulous Christmas, which was also the 6th night of Hanukkah.  It feels festive and inclusionary when they overlap, and you almost forget about all the crap in the world, because so many people are united in faith this time of year.  Regardless of what the faith is, there is...

  • Holiday Card Etiquette

    By Julia Bendis

    December 23, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    When you receive your first holiday card, you realize that you’re officially in the holiday season, or as I like to call it, “The Holiday card nightmare”.  As we enter the holidays, we also enter the awkward holiday greeting card etiquette.  The other day a long-time friend asked me...

  • Opinion: In defense of acquiring material things

    By Dennis Prager

    December 22, 2011 | 11:00 am

    Every year around Christmas and Chanukah time, writers, commentators, pundits and many rabbis, priests and ministers exhort Americans against spending money on things. We are too materialistic, we are told every year. Happiness, not to mention a meaningful life, depends on our having...

  • Hey kid, want more Hanukkah presents?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 22, 2011 | 1:27 am

    You might have read this article when it was published in 2010, or a report based on this article. It had the modest goal of providing more evidence to the commonly agreed upon assumption that “the importance of Hanukkah among American Jews is driven by its proximity (in the time...

  • What young Jews do on Christmas Eve

    December 20, 2011 | 11:36 am

    Sitting in front of the television eating Chinese food and watching reruns of “It’s A Wonderful Life” isn’t exactly what young Jews are doing this Christmas Eve.

    A new trend that started years ago—big blowout parties with lots of time to mingle and network—has become...

  • Christmas at Mezze

    By Rob Eshman

    December 19, 2011 | 6:35 pm

    Mezze is a Foodaism kind of restaurant.

    There’s a caring chef in the kitchen.  There’s a welcoming vibe in the dining room.  A Foodaism restaurant is a place that reminds you of home, but with better food.  Micah Wexler—occasional contributor to The Jewish Journal—cares about his...

  • Opinion: Jews, Christmas and Chinese food

    By Stuart Schoffman

    December 19, 2011 | 11:58 am

    I got a cute e-mail the other day, with a photo of a hand-lettered sign: “The Chinese Rest. Assoc. of the United States would like to extend our thanks to The Jewish People/ we do not completely understand your dietary customs . . ./ But we are proud and grateful that your GOD...

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