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Two recipes perfect for a Tu B’shvat Seder

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished February 1, 2023

This weekend Jews around the world will celebrate Tu B’shvat, the Jewish new year for trees. In the Torah, fruit bearing trees are revered because of their importance in sustaining life. The name is Hebrew for the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat. In...

What you need to know about Tu Bshvat 2023

What you need to know about Tu B’shvat 2023

From My Jewish Learning, SpePublished February 1, 2023

Tu B'shvat or the “birthday” of all fruit trees, is a minor festival. The name is Hebrew for the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat. In 2023, Tu B'shvat begins at sundown on Sunday, Feb. 5 and ends at sundown on Monday, Feb. 6. Tu b'Shvat is first...

Biden references the Hanukkah story during DC press conference with Zelensky

Biden references the Hanukkah story during DC press conference with Zelensky

RON KAMPEAS , JTAPublished December 21, 2022

WASHINGTON (JTA) — During a closely-watched press conference with Ukraine’s Jewish president, Volodymr Zelensky, President Joe Biden brought up the Hanukkah story, comparing Ukraine’s struggle against Russia to the Maccabees’ uprising. “Tonight...

8 snapshots of Hanukkah celebrations from around the world

8 snapshots of Hanukkah celebrations from around the world

Jackie Hajdenberg, JTAPublished December 21, 2022

(JTA) — Hanukkah may be considered a “minor holiday,” as rabbis will say, but its resonance and unique traditions offer a great window into Jewish communities around the world. We’ve rounded up eight images, one for each candle of the menorah,...

Photos: Menorah Lighting at Kiener Plaza

Photos: Menorah Lighting at Kiener Plaza

Published December 21, 2022

A large audience gathered on Monday night, December 19 braving the cold weather in Kiener Plaza downtown for a public menorah lighting organized by Chabad of Greater St. Louis. Tishaura Jones, mayor of the City of St. Louis, helped commemorate the...

The massive LEGO menorah with Yitzchok Kasowitz (left), founder of Jbrick, and the manager of LEGO Store Tel Aviv. Source: Courtesy of Yitzchok Kasowitz.

Is this the largest LEGO menorah in the world?

By Alan Zeitlin, JNSPublished December 20, 2022

(JNS) A Tel Aviv LEGO store has secured what is believed to be the largest-ever LEGO menorah. Located in the Dizengoff Center, LEGO Store Tel Aviv in July became the first official LEGO store to open in Israel. The store commissioned expert LEGO artist...

Try these cheese latkes for night #3 of Hanukkah

Try these cheese latkes for night #3 of Hanukkah

Savoy Curry, The Jewish Women's ArchivePublished December 19, 2022

In the weeks before Hanukkah last year, I began to see stories circulating about “cheese latkes.” The rumor was that, before potatoes, latkes were cooked with cheese. This might seem a bit scandalous to your average modern Jew—potato latkes are,...

Roladin is the most famous purveyor of outlandish Hanukkah donuts in Israel. This one is full of pastry cream and topped with caramelized pecans, toffee and whipped cream. Photo by Ronen Mangan

Feast your eyes on these outrageous Hanukkah donuts

By Naama Barak, Israel21cPublished December 19, 2022

In high school, I spent two Hanukkahs filling, glazing, decorating and selling donuts at Roladin, the bakery chain that’s become synonymous with the holiday. It was the best and tastiest job I ever had. Fast forward a decade and a half and I’m...

Eight thoughts, one for each night of Hanukkah

Eight thoughts, one for each night of Hanukkah

By Amy Fenster Brown, Special For The Jewish LightPublished December 18, 2022

Happy Hanukkah! The candles are lit, the wax is dripping, the latkes are sizzling, and the house will smell like it for a week. Let’s celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah with eight random thoughts, one for each night, from my brain to yours. I don’t...

Updated: 2022 Hanukkah Events Guide: Menorah lightings, live music events and more

Updated: 2022 Hanukkah Events Guide: Menorah lightings, live music events and more

Published December 18, 2022

There’s no shortage of in-person, free, family-friendly events this Hanukkah season to commemorate the Festival of Lights, which begins on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 18 and concludes the evening of Monday, Dec. 26. Here is a roundup of the communitywide...

Brothers Lazaroff offering special Hanukkah gifts for fans in St. Louis and beyond

Brothers Lazaroff offering special Hanukkah gifts for fans in St. Louis and beyond

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished December 18, 2022

The Brothers Lazaroff hope the experience that is their annual Hanukkah Hullabaloo concert is one fans will continue to enjoy now Hanukkah is underway. "Got a little Hanukkah treat we wanted to share before we hibernate for a bit," wrote brothers Jeff...

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Video: King Charles dancing the Hora with Holocaust survivors

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished December 18, 2022

Sometimes the real story gets buried. On Saturday, “NBC News” aired a story on King Charles' first 100 days, which included the news-making rift between his son Harry, his daughter-in-law Meghan Markle and the rest of the royal family. But what should...

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