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Collage of some of the Israeli dishes mentioned in this article including chicken kebabs and Israeli salad

Lag BaOmer is a festive day of outdoor celebration. Especially in Israel, many people celebrate with picnics and barbecues and use bonfires to symbolize the light of Torah.

You don’t need to be in Israel to celebrate this festive day the Israeli way. Here are the top recipes on that you can use to host your own festive and delicious Lag BaOmer picnic or barbecue.

Entrees Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Orange Slices Grilled Chicken Breasts with Sofrito Shishlik (Meat Kebabs) Moroccan Chicken Kebabs Grilled Fish with Spice Rub BBQ Tempeh Kebabs... Read More

Closeup of a hand dipping a spoon into a full bowl of matzah ball soup with carrots

Who says eight days of dietary restrictions need to make your life less delicious? Here are 18 recipes for a tasty (but still unleavened!) Passover. 

For the Seder Plate 

Texas-Style Charoset: In Texas, where Macintosh apples are scarce, charoset is often made from a variety of sweet apples, and the nut of choice is the ubiquitous pecan.


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Collage of photos of Passover recipes from around the world

Want to make Passover 5778 a little more worldy? Whether you use these recipes for your seder or for your fifth-night meal, here are 10 recipes that will give you a small taste of how many Jews around the world celebrate Passover. 

Sides and Appetizers  Jaroset (Panamanian Halek): Jewish chef Tina Wasserman shares a recipe from her Panamanian friend Rita, whose roots go back to Spain via Amsterdam and Curaçao. Tri-Colored Gefilte Loaf, Spanish Style: This recipe, which melds the flavors of a 500-year-old... Read More

Film reel and clapperboard

This year’s Oscars featured some great Jewish moments. “Call Me by Your Name,” a coming-of-age romance between two young Jews (who both wear some great Star of David necklaces), won best adapted screenplay. Dan Cogan (a Reform Jew!) won the best documentary award for his film, "Icarus." Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish, both of whom have Jewish roots, presented awards for Best Documentary Short and Live Action Short with the best and most hilarious bit of the night. Gal Gadot surprised A Wrinkle in Time movie-goers across the street with hot dogs and candy. But the most Jewish thing that...

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Leo Baeck Temple during the California wildfires

As shown in the powerful photo above, featuring Leo Baeck Temple (Los Angeles, CA) while fires rages in Southern California, many are still being forced to evacuate their homes and seek safety. Our prayers are with those who are in harm’s way, including the brave first responders who are putting their lives on the line to help their neighbors.

Temple Beth Torah in Ventura, CA is collecting gift cards to support their seven families who have lost their homes and other community members who face the greatest need. They request gift cards to stores such as Target, Walmart, Home Depot...

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