Ellen Zimmerman

Ellen Zimmerman created Jewish Holidays In a Box to help families discover fun, easy ways to celebrate Jewish holidays.

Making Special Foods for Shavuot

Ellen Zimmerman
Do you love to make special foods for the Jewish holidays? Shavuot (which starts at sundown on June 3rd this year) can really inspire creativity in the kitchen. Or, if you prefer, it can be extremely simple.

How I Try to Create Jewish Memories for my Grandkids

Ellen Zimmerman
September 2, 2015

What are your earliest memories of “doing Jewish”? I have a smattering of recollections from when I was 5, 6, and 7, though not much before that. Even from those years, I can only call up bits and pieces: moments, vignettes, colors, flavors. Those snippets...

What Makes a Dessert Jewish?

Ellen Zimmerman
August 4, 2015

I’m a big fan of a monthly magazine called Our State, all about North Carolina – a wonderful home for our family for 16 years. Their cover last February set up the challenge "Pie vs. Cake."

Proponents of each side argued their cases for which makes the...

New Fruits and Old Crumbs for Rosh HaShanah

Ellen Zimmerman
September 16, 2014

My husband and I experimented with a CSA (community-supported agriculture) this year for the first time. It was like getting a surprise box every week. In our second CSA, we pulled out something we’d never seen before.

The next time I Skyped with our...