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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Pandemic Times

Rik Heller: Creator of welloStationX’s Non-Contact Temperature Screenings

As the world starts opening up again, businesses are scrambling to find ways to keep workers and customers safe from COVID-19. Enter welloStationX, an...

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New England Patriots Owner’s Super Bowl Ring Sells for $1.025 Million in Fundraiser for COVID-19

One of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl rings sold for $1.025 million in an online fundraiser to help address food insecurity...

Synagogue Services to Resume in Hard-Hit County Where Rabbis Were First to Shut Down Communal Life

Tightly constrained Jewish prayer services are likely to resume in early June in Bergen County, the New Jersey county where rabbis were first to...

Orthodox Jewish School in New York Found Operating With ‘Hundreds of Students Inside’

A school in the Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel in New York was ordered to close after it was found operating with hundreds of...

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Israel
Israel

Four quick notes on Israel’s politics: 1. A survey taken by pollster Menachem Lazar puts Netanyahu and Likud at exactly the same number as last month. That is to say: the...

Top Stories

L.A. County to Allow Houses of Worship to Reopen

Los Angeles County officials and Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on May 26 that houses of worship are back open and people can resume in-person...

Oklahoma Gov Signs Anti-BDS Bill Into Law

On May 21, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed into law a bill barring the state from providing contracts that boycott Israel. The Jerusalem Post...

Palestinian Soccer Star Barred From Palestinian Team After Joining Israeli Team

A Palestinian soccer star has been banned from rejoining the Palestine national team in the West Bank after he signed with an Israeli team...

Columnists

With High Holidays on the Horizon, High Anxiety for Synagogues

I find it somewhat amusing that President Donald Trump thinks he can snap his fingers and reopen our houses of worship. Does he have...

Attending the French Farmers Market After Months in Quarantining Alone

See this fig tree here? It's my favorite tree on the block. It's got this really lush honeysuckle vine that has just entwined itself to...

How this Orthodox Jew Found Common Ground with a Palestinian Muslim

These days, it’s difficult for a Republican and a Democrat to be friends. But how about a Palestinian Muslim and a Beverlywood practicing Jew?...

The Viral Spread of Hope

On Shabbat, Rabbi Jon Hanish led a Holocaust Remembrance Zoom service. He was reading the yahrzeit list of names when an intruder scrawled a...

Day 1 of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Trial: Scary Times

1. On May 24, history was made in Israel. A sitting prime minister is being tried on corruption charges. Benjamin Netanyahu will sit in court,...

Cover Story

Disability Leader Discovers New Role During COVID-19 Crisis

The coronavirus lockdown has tested everyone’s resilience and ability to roll with the punches — physically, mentally and emotionally. And on the days when...

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It’s Time for Chasidic Jewish Leaders to Embrace the Internet

My two children, aged 13 and 15, attend daily Zoom classes from designated corners of our suburban home. Slovenly habits aside, their workspaces are...

How Helping Holocaust Survivors Enabled Me to Contextualize the Pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, I was ready. Tucked away in a stylish Pottery Barn Teen trunk was a quarantine-sized stash of hand sanitizers,...

The Unsung Plumber Who Laid the Foundations for the Zionist Organization ‘The Israel Group’

My father was a poster boy for Zionism. He was never in the limelight but after he found his Judaism, then participated on a...

A Guide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Trials

When Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in the Jerusalem District Court on May 24, he made political history, even though Israel has had no...

There Is No Such Thing as Partisan Anti-Semitism

On May 19, during an online fundraiser with Jewish Democratic donors, Vice President Joe Biden listened to and answered pertinent and pressing questions from...

JJ Podcast Network

Pandemic Times Episode 46: Honoring those who fell so we could live

New David Suissa Podcast Every Morning at 11 a.m. Reflections and poems for Memorial Day. How do we manage our lives during the coronavirus crisis? How...

Bagels Ride the Waves of Never Ending Quarantine Content

The world is in chaos and the future uncertain, but oy with the content already! Ryan Murphy's "Hollywood" takes us back in time to...

Douglas Rushkoff: Is Social Media a Needed Tool or a Slow-Motion Bomb?

Cultural commentator Douglas Rushkoff has a unique take on the human condition in the modern world. Technology and culture alienates people from each other,...

Matti Friedman: Israel’s forgotten war

Shmuel Rosner and Matti Friedman discuss Matti's new book, "Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War," Israel's war in Lebanon and why it...

Monthly Recap: Supreme Court Reality TV and Marxist French Textbooks

Eytan and Naor talk about everything that's happened in Israel during the last month, and much more. RSS Subscribe

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Rabbi Rachel Isaacs on Shavuot

Rachel Isaacs was ordained in 2011 by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she studied as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, Isaacs is the spiritual leader...

Cover Stories

How Gender Diversity at the Highest Levels is Impacting — and Improving — the World

Judaism teaches us that women are inherently spiritual and are often the center of the home. Each week on Friday, in households across the...

Moms Explain What It’s Really Like Raising Kids in Quarantine

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked moms how their lives have changed during this pandemic and we asked moms how they’ve navigated their...

How Are Moms Handling COVID-19? We Asked Their Kids.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked children how their moms have stepped up during this pandemic and we asked moms how they’ve navigated...

Celebrating Essential Heroes During COVID-19

As evening falls, we bang pots and clap our hands for all the essential workers, whether they are working in hospitals, delivering groceries, making...

JJ Bloggers

Musings from the Bunker #74

Dear friends, We are in the eleventh week of the lockdown. There is no question that there is stress all around. No doubt most feel...

Together With Rabbi Yonah – Special Guest Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik and Rabbi Yonah discuss A Few of Our Favorite Things: Giving, Parenting and Vegan Cheesecake.   While TV sound stages are closed and communal...

A Moment in Time: Behind the Scenes of a Zoom Shabbat Service

Dear all, One of my earliest memories was from Kindergarten, when our cantor took the class on a behind the scenes tour of the sanctuary....

Troma Entertainment Co-Founder Lloyd Kaufman on Becoming an Iconic Independent Filmmaker

A recent guest on the the popular Shudder program "The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs," Lloyd Kaufman is a pioneer within the world...

Everybody Counts – a poem for Torah Portion Bamidbar

This was the children… the firstborn of Israel, …all who were fit to go out to the army. It’s a census year and I’ve already...

Ripple Effect: Take Care

About a week after the pandemic started and stay at home orders were activated, my ring finger on my right hand started to hurt. There...

Legendary Rock Producer Shel Talmy Talks Jewish Roots and Moving to England

If you are a fan of classic rock radio, then you have heard the work of record producer, arranger and songwriter Shel Talmy on...

Culture
Culture

Jews of Color Campaign Goes Viral After Article Relegates Them to a Statistic

Numbers have always held significance in Jewish culture, but without purpose, they can be harmful. This was borne out in a May 17 eJewish Philanthropy article, subsequently republished on...

A Savory Shavuot Feast With a Sweet Finale

It was a sacred tradition. We would load up our minivans with lots and lots of food and our kids and head to the...

Why Summer Camp Is So Important to American Jews

Every summer, tens of thousands of American Jewish kids leave their homes, board buses and planes, and spend a month or two together on...

Diane Warren’s ‘I’m Standing with You’ Music Video to Raise Funds for COVID-19 Response

“I’m Standing with You,” songwriter Diane Warren’s Oscar-nominated theme from the movie “Breakthrough,” has gone global in a new video in support of the...

L.A. Stories

L.A. Philanthropic Initiative Launches Registry for Hospitals in Need

The Angelenos behind the Emergency Supply Donor Group (ESDG), a philanthropic initiative responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, have created a new tool for hospitals...

West Hollywood Childhood Friends Provide Meal and Mask to Every LA First Responder

The founder of a West Hollywood travel health care startup has been raising money to deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) and meals to hospitals...

Westside Family Health Center Helping Low-Income Community During Pandemic

On April 1, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Westside Family Health Center (WFHC) opened its doors at its new Culver City...

Hollywood

Chelsea Handler to Create Stand Up Special for HBO Max After Six Year Hiatus

Actress, author and comedian Chelsea Handler will make her first stand-up comedy special in six years for the new streaming service HBO Max. Handler...

‘Arrowverse’ Showrunner Greg Berlanti on If He’s Jewish or Not

Greg Berlanti is the executive producer of “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “Titans,” “Riverdale” and “The Flash.” Between keeping his die-hard DC fans satisfied, the mega-producer also...

Adam Sandler Becomes Basketball Scout in Upcoming Netflix Movie ‘Hustle’

Adam Sandler has lined up his next Netflix movie. The “Uncut Gems” actor will star in “Hustle” as a basketball scout who responds to...

Table For Five

Table for Five: Shavuot Special Issue

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on...

Table for Five: Bamidbar

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist The Israelites shall camp each with his standard, under the banners of their ancestral...

Table for Five: Behar-Bechukotai

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist You shall observe My laws and faithfully keep My rules, that you may live...

A Bisl Torah

Mama Said There’ll Be Days Like This

“Mama said there’ll be days like this, There’ll be days like this, mama said. Mama said there’ll be days like this There’ll be days like this, my...

I Sound Like My Mother

In our new morning routine, I play the role of Henry’s teacher from 8:30-9:30 a.m. We color, build, garden, learn letters and do puzzles....

Stop and See the Roses

Look at a lot of Facebook and Instagram posts and you’ll see picture after picture of people’s gardens, patches of wildflowers that someone discovered...

Poetry
Poetry

Driving

Like many new parents, getting your child to fall asleep is especially challenging. Also, like many new parents, my wife and I had a “eureka” moment when we made the connection between...

Out of Egypt With Grace

We get the news the anxiety and science the stats and predictions much of it each one of us and on our own in our present solitude and social isolation What...

Behar

If you were the earth out of which everyone’s food grew animal and human alike you would need a rest too. You need a rest too. Take one. Not...

A Prayer for a Funeral From Afar During this Pandemic

It breaks my heart To lay you to rest this way From a distance Without the sendoff you deserve. No touch, no kiss, no loving crowd in attendance. But...

Acharei Mot

It’s amazing we invented the concept of the scapegoat, only to have it used against us during the second war to end all wars. And one can’t...

Jews In The World

How Jewish Health Care Reformers Raised the Bar for Medical Treatment

Jewish Contributions to Humanity #4: Original research by Walter L. Field. Sponsored by Irwin S. Field. ABRAHAM FLEXNER (1866-1959) b . Louisville, Kentucky. The academic reformer. Abraham Flexner was an...

Jewish Mathematicians Who Changed the Course of History

Jewish Contributions to Humanity #2: Original research by Walter L. Field. Sponsored by Irwin S. Field. JOHN VON NEUMANN (1903-1957) b. Budapest, Hungary. By the time John...

Sephardic Spice Girls

The Amazing Delights of Mezze

With its colorful array of brightly colored salads, savory dips, exotic finger foods and freshly baked breads, the mezze (or maza) is a feast...

In Times of Uncertainty, Try Drinking Tea

Americans are brewing tea. In this time of change and uncertainty, creating a tea ritual is the perfect way to enhance our physical and...

Galette Recipes We Got From Our Mamas

Someone wise once said, “Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.” Rachel’s turn: With time, I see how the lessons that...

Comforts of Home

Make Noah’s Ark Animals Out of Toilet Paper Tubes

While some people stockpile toilet paper, I stockpile empty toilet paper tubes. You just never know when you might want them for crafting. And...

Celebrate Spring With DIY Egg Carton Flowers

When coming up with craft ideas for everyone stuck at home, I wanted to make sure the projects only called for materials that most...

Can’t Find Disinfectant Wipes? Here’s How to Make Your Own

you can whip up your own disinfectant wipes with just a few simple ingredients.

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