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Girlfriends, Books, Wineries: 5 Jew-ish Headlines to Read This week

Girlfriends, Books, Wineries: 5 Jew-ish Headlines to Read This week

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What Jew-ish news stories are you enjoying this week? Here are a few on my radar, a nice distraction from the more serious issues going on in the world:

  1. In Nicaragua, 114 individuals have formally converted to Judaism, nearly doubling the small country's small Jewish population. At least half of them claim Jewish ancestry, and most have been studying Judaism for at least five years. "I feel at home,” says one young man whose ancestors were forced to convert to Christianity during the Inquisition. “This was for me like a dream."
  2. Missing your own summer camp days? Alma has rounded up a list of books that will take you back - on the pages, if not in reality. If you weren't a camp kid, try Religion News Service's list of faith-themed books that "serve a dollop of religion without proselytizing" - and don't forget our own list of 10 beach reads for your remaining lazy days of summer!
  3. I'm in love with "Electric Judaism," a poem from Matthew Anish published in the New York Times Metropolitan section. It's tells of moving an ancient faith into the modern era, and it even mentions Central Synagogue, a vibrant Reform Jewish synagogue in Manhattan.
  4. Monday was National Girlfriend Day, one of those made-up but totally fun "holidays" that makes for great social media content. The Forward put together a list of its top five "Jewish girlfriends for America." Do you agree with their picks? Who would you add to it? I'd like to petition to add Zoe Kravitz and Jenny Slate to the list, please! 
  5. Headed to Israel? The country's wine tourism industry is booming, and Israel21c has gathered a list of 12 of the best wineries to visit during your trip (and if you live there, all the luckier for you!) Each of them was chosen for this list because they offer tastings - some of them with chocolate and cheese. L'chaim! 

​Comment below to let me know what you're reading!

Kate Bigam is the social media and community manager for the Union for Reform Judaism, serving as a content manager and editor for 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: 8/02/2017

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