How celebrities celebrated Passover


(JTA) — How was this night different from other nights? We have the same kind of dinner as Jewish celebrities.

Like the rest of us, some of Hollywood’s Jews observed Passover this weekend — it turns out quite a few of them were eating matzah ball soup,...
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Are our Passover seders contributing to the problems dividing Jews?


— For those who worry about the future of American Jewry, Passover is always a hopeful moment. It remains the holiday that is observed by the bulk of Jews, including a great many of those who are not in any way observant.

According to...
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Off the Pulpit: When the Messiah comes

Elijah is the prophet who will announce the coming of the Messiah in Jewish teaching.

In the Bible, Elijah does not die – he is carried off to heaven in a chariot – and so the tradition expected his return. We anticipate Elijah’s arrival most eagerly at certain times: at...
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The Passover Cheater


Manny Greenberg was a Passover cheater

And it pained him to know it was true

‘Cause when Manny went searching for chometz

He left in his icebox a brew.


Now to hear...
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Person in the Parsha: Pesach



There was a time when I would only go out of my way to listen to speakers who were older and more experienced than I. Recently, however, I have changed my preferences and have begun to seek out speakers, rabbis...
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Reports from Temple Sinai’s Young Professionals Seder

Under the direction of Rabbi Mathew Reimer, Temple Sinai hosted a Young Professionals Seder last Friday evening, March 30, at the family home of local congregants, Tracey and Mike Dodd. 

Aside from the opportunity to share the breaking of matzahs and to take part in the Haggadah prayers, many of...
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Off the Pulpit: Passover In A Land Of Jewish Ghosts

BARCELONA — This Passover I am in Spain, land of Jewish ghosts. Spain was once a place where Jewish piety and poetry flourished. Now it is full of neglected sites and abandoned synagogues. Fewer than 50,000 Jews remain.

Although Spain’s history is particular, its outlines are sadly familiar. To travel...
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Kosher supermarkets hate cleaning for Passover as much as you do


NEW YORK (JTA) — Pomegranate, a gourmet kosher supermarket in Brooklyn, spends $75,000 every year getting its kitchen ready for Passover.

Hungarian Kosher Foods, a supermarket in Chicago, starts clearing its aisles for Passover eight weeks ahead of the holiday.

The week before Passover, at Zabar’s, a...
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5 Haggadahs and other Passover supplements to modernize your seder this year


NEW YORK (JTA) — Although Jews have celebrated Passover by reading from the Haggadah in one form or another for 2,000 years, Jewish organizations and publishers strive each year to connect the holiday to modern times with fresh Haggadahs as well as supplements.

If you’re looking to give your...
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No-Bake Strawberry Coconut Pie for Passover


(The Nosher via JTA) — I first tried raw vegan coconut cream pie years ago at Café Gratitude, one of the popular plant-based restaurants in Los Angeles. Café Gratitude is a quintessential healthy L.A. eatery. The menu features dishes with titles like “I am bountiful” and “I...
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