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Close up of hands holding a loaf of challah against a striped shirt

As challenging as these days of quarantine have been, I take comfort in the many ways this strange time of separation have enabled us – however ironically – to come together. Here are a few of the “blessings of separation” I’ve experienced in the age of COVID-19.

Cantor Lauren Phillips Fogelman
Hands over a skillet steaming atop a stove

During this time of social isolation and physical distancing, cooking simple, comfort foods can serve as a welcome and calming distraction – even if you don’t consider yourself a cook. 

Deborah Rood Goldman
Dried fruits in the supermarket in Jerusalem

Coming a month and a half before the spring equinox and two months before Passover, Tu BiShvat provides a glimmer of springtime at a time when winter can often be at its cruelest.

Cantor Evan Kent
Plate of pineapple rugelach on a floral tablecloth

One of my favorite things about digging into a recipe is learning how a single cookie can connect us to generations past as a tangible link to a time and place in our history.

Lauren Monaco Grossman
Four smiling people holding 2020 sparklers toward the camera

Whether or not you believe in superstitions, it can be fun to put your own spin on them! Close out the secular year by putting a Jewish twist on traditional New Year’s foods.

Kate Bigam Kaput
Pile of rugelach

To bake, you need sugar, butter, and flour, a little faith, a lot of hope, and some vision, too. It helps if you’ve also got the Torah of generations that preceded you.

Cantor Evan Kent
Lior Lev Sercarz, spice blender, holding a tray of spices

Lior Lev Sercarz owns La Boîte, a biscuits and spice shop in New York City, where he blends spices for some of the world’s best restaurants, as well as home cooks.

Cammy S. Bourcier
Thanksgiving dinner table with a closeup of a plate piled high with food

There are lots of ways to infuse your celebration with Jewish meaning – and recipes from ReformJudaism.org. Start with a favorite turkey recipe and these dishes will cover the rest.

Kate Kaput
The author and another person preparing salmon to serve to guests

Whether hosting a holiday meal causes stress or you revel in creating warmth and hospitality around Jewish traditions. here are some tips to host a fantastic gathering.

Deborah Fishman Shelby
Row of pomegranates sliced open

Elul, the Hebrew month that precedes the High Holidays, is traditionally a time of

Kate Bigam Kaput

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