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  • 9 Jewish books to read this summer

    (JTA) — Sure, winter might seem like the ideal time of year for curling up with a good book — but summer is when you might actually have time to read. So before these warm months all too swiftly fade to fall, here are some Jewish-themed titles, from a wide range of genres, to fill your…

  • Don’t pass over these 8 new books for spring

    (JTA) — You know the story: When the Israelites made their exodus from Egypt, they fled in such haste that they did not have time to grab even some light reading. And it would still be some time until Moses announced that new first edition from Mount Sinai. As Passover approaches, we don’t want you to…

  • 8 books for 8 nights of Hanukkah

    (JTA) — Hanukkah is “late” this year (no disrespect to lunar-calendar literalists), which means winter will be well underway by the time those first lights are lit. What better time to curl up with a good book than when the weather outside is frightful, but the latkes are so delightful? So, in the spirit of…

  • This Jewish woman’s research may save millions of lives

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (JTA) – Joanna Slusky places a test tube into an incubating shaker, flips the switch, and it begins to quiver. So does she. “I’m excited,” she said, showing off another gadget in her lab, a contraption that stirs solutions using a magnetic coil and a metal bar. “How great is that?” It’s pretty…

  • Jewish Republican scores gubernatorial rival for staying in Israel after Missouri twister

    (JTA) — A Jewish Republican candidate for governor in Missouri has launched an attack ad accusing his Democratic opponent of ignoring the state after a devastating tornado by staying “in luxury” overseas — in Israel. The ad, aired last week in Joplin by Eric Greitens, features images of homes laid flat by a tornado that hit Joplin and Duquesne on…

  • A Jewish merman for all seasons

    BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (JTA) – To find the world’s only known professional Jewish merman, you’ll need to look in the most unlikely of places. Here, more than a thousand miles from the nearest ocean — in one of the country’s most landlocked states, with one of the smallest Jewish populations — you’ll encounter Tikva Naim Briggs,…

  • 10 awesome books for the Days of Awe (and after)

    (JTA) — Here we are in September/Elul, preparing to welcome a new Jewish year and a new fall season of Jewishy books, including the first novel since 5766 by (now almost 40-year-old) wunderkind Jonathan Safran Foer — perhaps you’ve heard the buzz. Presented below is JSF’s latest, plus nine other volumes, from the humorous to…

  • From matzah balls to footballs, two Jewish brothers recall their journey to the NFL

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (JTA) – At 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, veteran NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz isn’t just a force of nature, but a product of good ol’ Jewish nurture. “My size comes from a childhood that included an excess of matzah ball soup, latkes, and tons of white rice,” the 30-year-old jokes. “But of course my…

  • 7 books to make your summer more summery — and Jewy, too

    (JTA) — Summer’s here, and whether from the heat or the humidity or the harrowing election cycle, we bet you could use an escape. So take our advice: Whether you’re lucky enough to be lazing on a beach or packed in like a pickled herring on a subway car, take some time to retreat into a good, Jewishy…

  • How one Tulsa synagogue is baking its way to a better world

    TULSA, Okla. (JTA) – Walk into Congregation B’nai Emunah on any Tuesday afternoon and you’ll barely get through the massive, light-filled foyer before it hits you: an aromatic wave of warm oatmeal and raisins, or perhaps a sweet surge of rich, melting chocolate chips. What you’re smelling isn’t catered food for a bar mitzvah bash….