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  • FEAR THY NEIGHBOR

    By Simone Wilson

    11 hours ago

    Just after dawn on Nov. 18, a pair of Palestinian cousins from East Jerusalem went on a killing rampage in a West Jerusalem synagogue. 

    Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal walked into the Kehilat Bnei Torah shul in Har Nof, one of Jewish Israel’s most serene, well-to-do immigrant...

  • What’s the deal with canned cranberry sauce?

    2 days ago

    No American holiday conjures up images and memories of food like Thanksgiving. Starting in preschool, most of us learned that Thanksgiving commemorates the moment in 1621 when Pilgrims sat down for a peaceful meal with their Indian friends. They wore funny hats and buckle shoes...

  • More concerts, an historic soccer moment, winter Gay Pride festival and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    An historic moment for our national soccer team

    The Israeli national soccer team beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 Sunday as part of the 2016 Euro qualifiers. This win is an historic moment for the team and a moment of joy for all Israelis, since this is a big step towards its first...

  • Death in a synagogue

    By Avi Davis

    5 days ago

    They could hear the iron doors at the front of the synagogue clang shut behind them.  Crowded together with 2,000 other people inside the main sanctuary, the man and the woman looked at each other in panic. The woman gazed down at her five year-old-son and gripped the little boy’s...

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  • Top Chef recap, episode 6: The First Thanksgiving

    6 days ago

    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

    6 days ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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...

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

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Church to become first synagogue in German state since Kristallnacht

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • 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,...

  • 19th-century synagogue complex restored in Lithuania

    By tessc

    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...

  • Spicy summer steak and potato salad

    August 5, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    Grilling season is still in its prime. Take those leftover steaks and turn them into this quick and delicious cold summer salad. Another bonus? It's a one plate meal!

    Ingredients:

    1 pound Grilled steak

    12 small red potatoes

    2 – 3 cloves of garlic, to taste

    2 Tablespoons...

  • Italy expelling Moroccan imam who called for killing of Jews

    August 5, 2014 | 12:27 pm

    Italy is expelling a Moroccan imam who called for Jews to be killed.
    Raoudi Aldelbar, the imam of a mosque in the town of San Dona di Piave, near Venice, was filmed during a sermon there last month saying, among other things, “Oh Allah, bring upon [Jews] that which will make us...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    July 29, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

            When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on...

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