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Cheese blintzes on a tray/platter

My Grandma Ruby, may she rest in peace, knew that comfort food, especially blintzes, could sweeten even the most difficult times. At least for that moment.

Michelle November
Firefighter turned town a blaze

Want to help? Here are the best ways to support affected communities.

Kate Kaput
Three firefighters face the California wildfires

“There's a hill right across the street from our temple — it was fully engulfed — and there was a raining down of sparks onto our property," the rabbi told JTA on Monday.

Josefin Dolsten (JTA)
Damage caused to cemetery fence by a tree that fell during Hurricane Florence

Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov was new to her congregation in Wilmington, NC, when she faced an unprecedented challenge: a Category 4 hurricane during the Days of Awe.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Firefighter from behind climbing steps to a building in a raging fire

As wildfires continue to ravage northern California, learn what you can do to help support the victims.

Jane E. Herman
Black and white photo of Rabbi Henry Cohen

Rabbi Henry Cohen became the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel in 1888, he couldn’t know that he would remain at the synagogue for the next 64 years.

Ivan Koop Kuper
Trees after a forest fire

The wind and the smell of smoke woke us. We stumbled out of bed, joining neighbors in the cul-de-sac to stare at the red glow lighting up the hills behind our houses.

Rabbi George Gittleman
US Capitol building aerial view at twilight

The great Jewish philosopher Rambam taught that the law as a whole aims to defend two things: the welfare of the soul and the welfare of the body.

Allison Grossman
Two braided Shabbat challot on a tray beneath a white and gold embroidered challah cover

I was honored to have been asked to help people in need, and I love that our synagogue is always giving back to our community. This overflowing lovingkindness is the true meaning of being Jewish.

Debra Gurin & Blythe Williams
Lit Hanukkah menorah on second night of Hanukkah w/unfocused reflections of light in the background

This year, the heated argument between the disciples of Hillel and the followers of Shammai over how to light the Hanukkah menorah speaks to me.

Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach


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