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Cocktails, Colleges, and Comedy: 5 Jew-ish Headlines to Read This Week

Cocktails, Colleges, and Comedy: 5 Jew-ish Headlines to Read This Week

A blurry photo of a female mixologist shaking up a Grape Mans Cocktail at a crowded bar in Herzliya

We're a little bit more than a week into the month of August, bracing ourselves for the first taste of fall and already preparing for the upcoming High Holidays (Rosh HaShanah is just six weeks away!) Amidst political headlines and other stressful news of the sort, here are a few light-hearted, good-natured Jewish reads for the week.

  • Summer's not dead yet! Israel21C shares recipes for three refreshing cocktails of Israeli origin, all perfect for sipping beach-side or from the cool comfort of your air-conditioned living room. Sure, you may not serve your Jerusalem of Gold beverage "on block ice with cinnamon smoke," as does the Waldorf Astoria, but we have a feeling it'll be tasty all the same. 
  • The Forward shares its first-ever college guide, created by two young staffers "whose own diplomas are as fresh as their memories." Whether you're in search pof a kosher dining hall or a really great Ultimate Frisbee team, this guide will help you identify the best of Jewish life on campus. is your alma mater (or soon-to-be school) on the list? 
  • If there's one thing Jews love (OK, aside from great food), it's a good laugh. Enter Ashley Blaker, an ultra-Orthodox father of six who's prepping his BBC radio program, "Ashley Blaker's Goyish Guide to Judaism." Says this Jerusalem Post profile on the up-and-comer, "[T]here are no sacred cows for Blaker: while his act is as clean as can be, it leaves no aspect of religious life off the table."
  • Fiddler on the Roof actress has penned her first novel, titled After Anatevka, to continue the beloved story with which we're all so familiar. Alexandra Silber, who spent two years playing Hodel in the London production of the stage show, because “I had a lot of unfinished business with Hodel," the Times of Israel reports. The book begins where the musical ended. 
  • Los Angelenos are probably familiar with Angelyne, the longtime cultural staple of downtown LA who's famous mostly for driving a hot pink Corvette and shielding her identity from the public. So who is she? The Jewish Journal reveals that she's Renee Goldberg, daughter of two of the few Jews to survive the Chmielnik ghetto during World War II. 

What are you reading this week? Leave a comment and let us know! 

Kate (Bigam) Kaput is the digital communications 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 lives in Cleveland with her husband, Mike. 

Kate Kaput

Published: 8/09/2017

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