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  • Bringing change to symbols on the seder plate

    Seder plates can be porcelain heirlooms or a child’s precious gift, but they all tell the same story of a people’s liberation.

  • Latkes and loot: Is Chanukah for grown-ups?

    Chanukah celebrations are focused on children, but there’s a place for adults in the holiday as well.

  • The second day of Rosh Hashanah: To be (in shul) or not to be

    Rosh Hashanah is traditionally a two-day holiday, but attendance in many synagogues plummets on the second day. Some say it’s too difficult to miss work or sit through services for two days, but others insist that the soul needs the extra time.

  • For two kinds of ‘survivors,’ filling in the gaps on family medical history

    To better understand the effects of the Holocaust on breast cancer today, the nonprofit group Sharsheret organized a program to address the concerns of breast cancer survivors and Holocaust survivors.

  • Seder invite for that special someone: When’s the right time?

    When you are dating, the hungry can often interpret a come-and-eat invitation as more symbolic than the shank bone on a seder plate. Here are some tips on knowing when it’s the right time to extend an invitation to that someone special.

  • The spring situation: Juggling matzah balls and Easter eggs

    Though most attention is focused on conflicts surrounding the Christmas and Chanukah seasons, interfaith families also report dealing with tricky situations during the spring’s two major Jewish and Christian holidays.

  • Book provides a guide for teens on building better relationships

    Recognizing a need, Jewish Women International and United Synagogue Youth collaborated on a comprehensive source book to help educate Jewish teenagers on the importance of developing healthy relationships.

  • A Jewish gag’s journey to the ‘Tonight Show’

    Late-night television audiences have come to expect zany song-and-dance numbers from Conan O’Brien’s “The Tonight Show,” but the show’s recent Mormon Christmas send-up actually had its roots in an unusual place: an offline brainstorming session among progressive Jewish bloggers.

  • Girl talk, pearls of wisdom at Women to Watch gala

    Reporting from the scene of the Jewish Women International’s 12th annual Women to Watch gala.

  • Zeide wasn’t meshuga — family has Sephardic genes

    Social worker Judy Simon helped launch a growing genealogical trend when she used DNA testing to help prove her Latvian grandfather’s claim that the family were Sephardic Jews.