High Holiday children’s fare


BOSTON (JTA) — A giant googly-eyed fish, mischievous magicians and succah-eating squirrels are among the characters in a crop of engaging Jewish children’s books that relate to the observance or themes of the Jewish High Holidays. Here’s a rundown of the  books:

Oh No, Jonah! Tilda Balsley, illustrations...
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At Succot, turning oy into the season of joy


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — In open opposition to Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which tells us on Succot “there is nothing new under the sun,” I decided to build a solar succah this fall. To energize my plan, I went to the 99 Cent Store to buy some solar...
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Bringing a bit of veggie heaven into the succah


NEW YORK (JTA) — Succot is a wonderful time of year to incorporate seasonal ingredients into your cooking. One of my most important rules for cooking and eating is to use what is best and freshest in the market — fish, vegetables, fruit and meat. The better...
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This year I am buying homeless signs for Succot


LOS ANGELES (Jewish Journal) — I started building my succah in December. To those of you who are succah DIYers, you know how ridiculous this sounds.

A succah is the ritual hut that Jews build each year on the holiday of Succot, which begins this year on...
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Spanish towns plan mock wedding at Succot Judaica festival

(JTA) — Two Spanish towns are preparing a two-day Judaica festival featuring a mock wedding to celebrate their lost Jewish heritage.

The Sept. 28-29 event, during the Jewish holiday of Succot, is being co-organized by non-Jews from San Juan and Rio Jerte in the province Extremadura in northwestern Spain. It...
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Israel warns on High Holidays travel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government has advised Israelis and all Jews to avoid travel to several countries, including Egypt and Turkey, during the High Holidays, a popular time for leisure travel.

An advisory from the Prime Minister Office’s counterterrorism bureau warned that terrorists and terror groups such as al-Qaida...
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For the New Year, children’s books opening new worlds


BOSTON (JTA) — Shofars, apples and honey, make room for pomegranates, couscous and pumpkins.

The new crop of children’s books for the High Holidays opens a world beyond the beloved traditional symbols of the New Year (Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sept. 4).

From ancient times...
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Succot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah listings

The following synagogues and temples will be having end of Succot activities taking place (Candlelighting is at 6:22 p.m.):

Congregation Anshe S’Fard (Saturday, October 6) Shabbat Chol Hamoed Shacharit service 9:15 a.m. (Monday, October 8 ) Shemini Atzeret Shacharit service 9:15 a.m. Yizkor following sermon 10:45 a.m. Kiddush lunch in...
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Succot services, activities listed

The following synagogues and temples will be having Succot activities taking place in and around the succahs they have built for 5773 through Shabbat Succot:

Congregation Anshe S’Fard (Monday, October 1 & Tuesday, October 2) – Shacharit with Hallel, Mussaf Festival Services 9:15 a.m. Kiddush luncheon in the succah to...
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Down on America’s next big etrog farm


(JTA) — Matt Bycer is like any other 33-year-old attorney who wakes up at the crack of dawn to exercise. Except that rather than sweating to a P90X regimen, Bycer, in a T-shirt, shorts and cowboy hat, lugs 170 buckets of water across his backyard in Scottsdale, Ariz.,...
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