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5 Light-Hearted Jewish Headlines to Read This Week

5 Light-Hearted Jewish Headlines to Read This Week

Israeli NBA star Omri Casspi poses with young female fans in a gym

This weekly piece comes a little bit late as a result of our Fourth of July celebrations (did you make any of these recipes for a Jewishly inspired holiday?), but we couldn't let the week draw to a close without sharing some of our favorite non-political new stories of the week. 

  1. There's nothing more American than scarfing a bunch of kosher hot dogs on Independence Day, as demonstrated by chow champ Joey Chestnut, who won this year's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest by eating 70 hot dogs in 12 minutes - but did you know that the annual contest actually has a very Jewish history? Jewniverse.com shares this little-known piece of our proud American Jewish past. B'tayavon, Joey Chestnut! 
  2. This one is difficult for me to write because, as a loyal Clevelander, I'm also a die-hard Cleveland Cavaliers fan... but I guess I'll share this link anyway. Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA, has just signed with the Golden State Warriors, who (sob) won the 2017 NBA Championships. A big mazal tov to Casspi, who I still have to root against. 
  3. Speaking of sports, let's talk about the Maccabiah Games - and, specifically, how the games serve as a special kind of Jdate.com for Jewish athletes. One coach says said knows of at least 10 pairs who met at Maccabiah. Can you imagine how many kvelling Jewish parents are out there, loving the fact that their kids are pursuing athletic glory and falling in love with a nice Jewish partner? 
  4. New site HeyAlma.com, which we welcomed to the web just last week, is geared toward young, childless, Jewish women, seemingly of the hipster variety - the perfect demographic for hosting fun Shabbat dinners with friends. For first-timers, here's how to host Shabbat dinner without your parents' help. (I definitely have this article saved for later. I think a Shabbat dinner party is calling this young, childless, Jewish woman's name!)
  5. OK, maybe this headline isn't light-hearted, but it's definitely an interesting one. Are the lyrics to Jay-Z's song "The Story of OJ" (from his new album 4:44) anti-Semitic? Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman says yes in her piece "Sorry, Jay-Z – saying that Jews own all property in America is antisemitic" - but plenty of people seem to disagree, including Guy Oseary, Madonna's manager, who's Israeli. What do you think?

Leave a comment to tell us what you're reading this week - and what you think about any and all of this week's stories!

Kate Bigam is the social media and community manager for the Union for Reform Judaism, serving as a content manager and editor for ReformJudaism.org. She is a proud alumna of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Eisendrath Legislative Assistant fellowship and also served as the RAC's press secretary. A native Ohioan, Kate grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, and holds a degree in magazine journalism from Kent State University. She and her fiancé live in Cleveland.

Kate Bigam

Published: 7/06/2017

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