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Looking for a way to celebrate Chanukah in public? The Jewish Federation has a list of events in the Philadelphia area. ...
11/14/2021
A Modern-Day Miracle: Ways to Safely Celebrate Chanukah this Year - Jewish Exponent

Looking for a way to celebrate Chanukah in public? The Jewish Federation has a list of events in the Philadelphia area.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/01/a-modern-day-miracle-ways-to-safely-celebrate-chanukah-this-year/

Smells of latkes and sufganiyot sizzling in oil, the sweet chocolate taste of gelt, ever-spinning dreidel tops and the warmth of the menorah — yes, it is indeed that festive time of year again.

A TikTok executive will speak at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County this weekend. The granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, she...
11/12/2021
TikTok Executive to Detail Judaism as Self-Help - Jewish Exponent

A TikTok executive will speak at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County this weekend. The granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, she will be talking about her own journey to a religious life.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/tiktok-executive-to-detail-judaism-as-self-help/

Jewish TikTok executive Michal Oshman will appear virtually at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County on Nov. 14. to promote her self-help book, “What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?”, […]

It's book week, and the Exponent review section takes a look at two: "Our Country Friends" by Gary Shteyngart and "The C...
11/12/2021
Books: Palatable Pandemic, Familiar Face Returns - Jewish Exponent

It's book week, and the Exponent review section takes a look at two: "Our Country Friends" by Gary Shteyngart and "The Cellist" by Daniel Silva.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/books-palatable-pandemic-familiar-face-returns/

“Our Country Friends” Makes Pandemic Palatable “Our Country Friends” Gary Shteyngart Penguin Random House For Gary Shteyngart, who wrote about the painful adult consequences of his botched circumcision in the […]

Philadelphia-based pastry chef Neomie Eliezer is a contestant on the Food Network's "Holiday Baking Championship."https:...
11/11/2021
Area Pastry Chef Competes on Food Network Show - Jewish Exponent

Philadelphia-based pastry chef Neomie Eliezer is a contestant on the Food Network's "Holiday Baking Championship."

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/area-pastry-chef-competes-on-food-network-show/

When Philadelphia-based pastry chef Neomie Eliezer received an Instagram message last February asking her to participate in Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship,” she thought it was a spam message. Four […]

Judaism had nothing to do with recent criticisms of Pennsbury School District policy. But some district residents resort...
11/11/2021
Pennsbury School Board Deals With Antisemitism - Jewish Exponent

Judaism had nothing to do with recent criticisms of Pennsbury School District policy. But some district residents resorted to antisemitism anyway.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/pennsbury-school-board-deals-with-antisemitism/

A group of Pennsbury School District parents has taken issue with two district policies this year, according to school board members, and, in both cases, antisemitism reared its head in […]

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Dr. Aaron T. Beck, who revolutionized the field of psychiatry, lived in Philadelphia and was a longtime member of Temple...
11/10/2021
Legendary Psychiatrist Aaron Beck Dies at 100 - Jewish Exponent

Dr. Aaron T. Beck, who revolutionized the field of psychiatry, lived in Philadelphia and was a longtime member of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, died on Nov. 1 at his home.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/10/legendary-psychiatrist-aaron-beck-dies-at-100/

Dr. Aaron T. Beck, who revolutionized the field of psychiatry, lived in Philadelphia and was a longtime member of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, died on Nov. 1 at […]

Oren Jacobson: "For the average Jew, Zionism has become simply the idea that Israel has the right to exist. That’s why w...
11/07/2021
My Fellow Progressives Are Always Asking Me if Anti-Zionism is Antisemitic. Here’s What I Tell Them - Jewish Exponent

Oren Jacobson: "For the average Jew, Zionism has become simply the idea that Israel has the right to exist. That’s why when people attack Zionists, we hear 'Jews.'"

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/04/my-fellow-progressives-are-always-asking-me-if-anti-zionism-is-antisemitic-heres-what-i-tell-them/

I’ve spent most of the last decade focused on grassroots organizing and capacity building inside the American progressive movement.

Antisemitism continues to impact many American Jews, according to the American Jewish Committee’s “State of Antisemitism...
11/04/2021
Fears of Antisemitism Change Jewish Behavior - Jewish Exponent

Antisemitism continues to impact many American Jews, according to the American Jewish Committee’s “State of Antisemitism in America Report” released on Oct. 25.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/04/fears-of-antisemitism-change-jewish-behavior/

Antisemitism continues to impact many American Jews, according to the American Jewish Committee’s “State of Antisemitism in America Report” released on Oct. 25. In its third annual and largest antisemitism […]

11/04/2021

Jewish Exponent readers: Jarrad Saffren is writing a story about how early Chanukah falls this year. If you're interested in discussing how this impacts your plans, comment here or message him privately. Comments may be used in an Exponent story.

Though the pandemic has resulted in changes to the logistics of Jewish rituals surrounding death, the job of Jewish spir...
11/04/2021
Rituals Remain Despite COVID Death Surge - Jewish Exponent

Though the pandemic has resulted in changes to the logistics of Jewish rituals surrounding death, the job of Jewish spiritual leaders and funeral homes hasn’t changed.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/04/rituals-remain-despite-covid-death-surge/

Joseph Levine & Sons Memorial Chapel in Trevose buried many more people this past year than previously. And Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks funeral home had its busiest 12-month period ever from […]

In 2021-’22, Jewish schools are communities again. Administrators have brought back the full lineup of clubs, sports and...
11/04/2021
Jewish Schools Become Communities Again - Jewish Exponent

In 2021-’22, Jewish schools are communities again. Administrators have brought back the full lineup of clubs, sports and other activities.

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/04/jewish-schools-become-communities-again/

For local Jewish schools, pandemic-era restrictions like masks and physical distancing are part of the daily routine at this point. But despite those inhibitors to human connection, students are connecting […]

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Bob Lankin: "In effect, cash bail criminalizes poverty, as people who cannot afford bail are detained while they await trial." https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/12/why-judaism-prohibits-cash-bail/
Looking for a way to celebrate Chanukah in public? The Jewish Federation has a list of events in the Philadelphia area. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/01/a-modern-day-miracle-ways-to-safely-celebrate-chanukah-this-year/
Shula Mola: "The heart of Sigd is in the renewal of the covenants between a person and God, a person and the community, and a person and society." https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/sigd-is-not-just-a-holiday-for-ethiopian-jews-its-a-declaration-that-israel-sees-us/
Linda Morel: "With the rise in recent decades of television cooking shows and food magazines featuring gratuitously lavish recipes, even for Thanksgiving, simple fare is passé." https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/thanksgiving-sides-elegant-trendy-kosher/
Rabbi Levi Langer: "Though we may think we are unimportant and that our deeds are insignificant, in reality we serve as the linchpin which holds together all of creation, from the earth to the heavens." https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/the-ladder-an-opportunity-to-climb/
A TikTok executive will speak at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County this weekend. The granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, she will be talking about her own journey to a religious life. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/tiktok-executive-to-detail-judaism-as-self-help/
It's book week, and the Exponent review section takes a look at two: "Our Country Friends" by Gary Shteyngart and "The Cellist" by Daniel Silva. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/books-palatable-pandemic-familiar-face-returns/
The Netflix documentary "Camp Confidential: America's Secret N***s" begs the question of whether you can do bad things to achieve good ends. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/camp-confidential-asks-if-ends-justify-means/
A former neo-N**i leader will talk to Drexel Jewish studies students about how to deradicalize white supremacists. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/former-neo-nazi-leader-to-speak-to-jewish-studies-class/
Philadelphia-based pastry chef Neomie Eliezer is a contestant on the Food Network's "Holiday Baking Championship." https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/area-pastry-chef-competes-on-food-network-show/
Jewish candidates had a substantial footprint in the 2021 election. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/candidates-stayed-positive-during-campaign/
Judaism had nothing to do with recent criticisms of Pennsbury School District policy. But some district residents resorted to antisemitism anyway. https://www.jewishexponent.com/2021/11/11/pennsbury-school-board-deals-with-antisemitism/