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  • Top Chef recap, episode 6: The First Thanksgiving

    November 20, 2014 | 11:49 am

    Katsuji’s made it a custom to pour out some of his Pabst into the sink to commemorate the show’s fallen contestants. This week, he splashes some Pabst for controversial Aaron, who got canned last episode. Smell ya later!

    For a pre-quickfire challenge, the cheftestants go...

  • Thanksgiving by mom, updated

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 19, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to invite family and friends to celebrate an American tradition with a home-cooked feast. The essential elements are turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and yams. And, of course, everyone looks forward to several delicious desserts....

  • New York increases security around synagogues

    November 18, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    New York City increased its police presence at synagogues and other locations in the wake of an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that left four dead.

    “The NYPD is following developments in Jerusalem closely and working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to monitor any further...

  • REALITY CHECK: Watch the word “terror” disappear from reports on today’s J’lem attack

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 18, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Today, we woke to horrifying news: Palestinian terrorists entered a synagogue in Jerusalem early in the morning, in a killing spree. Armed with guns, knives and axes they murdered four Jewish men who were praying peacefully. Eight others were wounded, among which two police...

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  • Palestinians kill five in Jerusalem synagogue terror attack, Netanyahu condemns

    November 17, 2014 | 10:51 pm

    Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four worshippers and an Israeli police officer in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city.

    [Follow @jewishjournal for breaking...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 14, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    There isn’t much to say about Cherry Tomato. I’m sure you all know and love it, whether it is part of a dish or a healthy snack. The small-sized tomatoes are believed to go all the way back to Aztec Mexico in the 15th century. The Santorini Cherry Tomatoes were used in Greece in...

  • Giving Voice to the Voiceless

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 14, 2014 | 12:26 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovtiz

    Last night I was honored to be an attendee at the Premiere of Food Chains, a movie depicting the struggle of Farm Workers to be recognized as human beings and be treated as human beings. The movie follows the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their “fight”...

  • Top Chef episode 5 re-cap: It’s war

    By Tess Cutler

    November 13, 2014 | 10:27 am

    EPISODE 5: It’s War

    [FOR RECAPS OF EPISODES 1-4, CLICK HERE]

    Guest Judge: Jamie Bissonnette, winner of James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Northeast

    QUICKFIRE CHALLENGE: Head to Head Cook-Off

    Katsuji’s Dish: Sake-infused chipotle broth with smoked jalapenos and salmon

    In...

  • Chayei Sarah: Life and Death

    November 12, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    The title of this week’s parsha, Chayei Sarah (the life of Sarah), is a bit misleading at it is book-ended by the deaths of Sarah and Avraham. But, it is also filled with a celebration of life. Avraham dies in old age, but only after...

  • Helping the disabled, Robbie Williams in Arabic, a soccer surprise and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 10, 2014 | 8:40 am

    A big blow to Israeli soccer

    Last Monday was a shameful day for Israeli soccer. During the 33rd minute of the derby between Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Maccabi Tel-Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium, with the score tied at 1-1, a Hapoel fan jumped out of the stands and ran onto the pitch to...

  • Vayera: The “Other”

    November 4, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    This post first appeared in the blog Neesh Noosh

    This week’s parsha, Vayera, is filled with ethical challenges:  Sodom and Gomorrah, the binding of Issac, and the departure of Hagar and Ishmael. But, at the beginning of the parsha, Sarah and Abraham welcome three unexpected...

  • Church to become first synagogue in German state since Kristallnacht

    November 4, 2014 | 11:00 am

    A former church will become Germany’s newest synagogue and the first in the state of Brandenburg since 1938.

    In ceremonies on Sunday, Ulrike Menzel, who has led the Evangelical parish in Cottbus since 2009, handed a key for the Schlolsskirche, or “castle church,” to the Jewish...

  • Caught between gefilte fish and Campbell’s soup

    November 3, 2014 | 10:29 am

    When I first gravitated toward writing about food and immigration to the United States as an ostensibly serious academic, colleagues asked me—and, frankly, I asked myself—the obvious question. Why food? Food perhaps lacked the gravitas and significance of subjects like political,...

  • Iron Dome under the sea, the e-tree, night run in the While City and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 3, 2014 | 8:45 am

    Iron Dome – under the sea

    Israel’s high-tech defense system – Iron Dome, is about to make a splash. State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the defense system’s much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer’s Gaza war, hoping to draw navies...

  • Lech Lecha: From dark to light

    October 31, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    Lech Lecha tells the story of the birth of the Jewish people through Avraham’s prophecy.  God tells Avram, “I will bless you and make you a great nation.”  As Diane Bloomfieldtaught this week about Lech Lecha, “God is bringing in a...

  • Noah: Ark of taste

    October 22, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    Was Noah the first seed saver? The first protector of biodiversity? This week we read that humans’ lawlessness and corruption incensed God enough to cause him to flood and destroy all creatures on the planet. “I am about to bring the...

  • Bereshit: Creation and stewardship

    October 16, 2014 | 2:46 pm

    This post originally appeared on "Neesh Noosh."

    We start again this Shabbat at the beginning with Bereshit. The universe is created out of nothingness by God. “The earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God sweeping over the...

  • Simchat Torah: 7 Rounds

    October 14, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Nosh.

    We end and we begin. With the ending of the holiday of Shmini Atzeret, we beginSimchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Torah) which celebrates the completion of the year-long reading of the Torah. And, then we begin anew with a celebration of...

  • ADL alerts U.S. synagogues to protect against online hackers

    October 14, 2014 | 11:55 am

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has issued a security alert to Jewish institutions across the country concerning a potential uptick in the number of online attacks by foreign hackers targeting the websites of synagogues and other Jewish organizations, which could compromise...
  • Sounds, tastes of Middle East, North Africa converge at Clockshop in L.A.

    October 14, 2014 | 10:48 am

    How does one spark meaningful dialogue about complex Arab and Jewish Diasporic communities and help bring them to life thousands of miles away from their places of origin? Clockshop, an arts and cultural programming nonprofit organization, is turning to the powerful tools of music,...

  • Shmini Atzeret: Eating in a California drought

    October 13, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    Original post appeared on Neesh Nosh.

    I live in Southern California. The majority of my water is pumped from Northern California and other western states. It’s energy intensive, illogical and not sustainable. To add to this, California is in the worst drought in the past 500...

  • 19th-century synagogue complex restored in Lithuania

    October 8, 2014 | 11:59 am

    After seven years of renovations, a unique complex made up of two 19th-century synagogues opened to the public in the Lithuanian town of Joniskis.

    The Joniskis Synagogue Complex made its official debut earlier this month, the Russian Jewish news agency AEN reported Wednesday.

    ...
  • In downtown Los Angeles, everything old is new again

    October 6, 2014 | 10:16 am

    At 97 years old, Grand Central Market has become one of the hottest destinations in this city, drawing long lines of foodies eager for the finest in artisanal cheeses, coddled eggs and pour-over coffee.

    In August, the historic food market in downtown Los Angeles was named by Bon...

  • What Roy Choi can teach the Jews

    By Rob Eshman

    October 1, 2014 | 11:12 am

    I was sitting in Commissary, Roy Choi’s new restaurant on the pool deck of the Line Hotel in Koreatown, thinking about the secret of Choi’s success. 

    It was my fourth time in the restaurant in the hotel Choi helped resurrect out of the dry bones of an abandoned Radisson.   

    ...
  • The High Holy Days: Something meaningful, or just going through the motions?

    By Rob Eshman

    September 23, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    Most of us who go to synagogue for the High Holy Days have no clue what’s going on.

    We don’t speak or read Hebrew well enough to understand the prayers or the Torah portion. We don’t know why we say the prayers in the order we say them. We don’t like the stilted English...

  • The Kosher Palate sets up shop in South Bay

    September 17, 2014 | 1:27 pm

    When Michele Grant was scouting locations for T.K.P. Provisions, her new kosher restaurant and specialty foods shop, she looked at several neighborhoods with established kosher scenes and large Orthodox populations.

    But customers of her food truck, The Kosher Palate, kept telling...

  • Eating my way through Israel on a Birthright trip

    September 4, 2014 | 10:19 am

    At first, the idea of going on a Birthright trip seemed silly, at best.  I’d already been to Israel, twice – once on a family trip when I was 15 and first exposed to lax drinking laws and Jewish college boys, and again before my senior year of high school, on a Write on Fellowship...

  • Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

    August 21, 2014 | 11:53 am

    A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army.

    Smugglers and tunnel owners, who once publicly...

  • Event planners cater to vegetarians and vegans

    By Elyse Glickman

    August 20, 2014 | 10:46 am

    The prospect of finding satisfying wedding or b’nai mitzvah reception food has long been daunting to most vegetarians and vegans, no matter how expertly the dishes are executed. Sides and substitutions can only fill up a person so much. 

    Those who’ve done their family celebration...

  • Florence’s Jewish, Muslim reps appeal for interfaith dialogue

    August 13, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    Representatives of the Jewish and Muslim communities in Florence, Italy, along with the city’s mayor, appealed for interfaith respect and dialogue at “this dramatic moment of Middle East conflict.”

    The city’s chief rabbi, Joseph Levi, and Imam Izzedin Elzir met Tuesday with Mayor...

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