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  • 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….

  • That time ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda sang in Hebrew

    Raise a glass! The 2016 Tony Award nominations were announced this morning, and the the revolutionary Broadway megahit “Hamilton” collected the lion’s share, with a record-breaking total of 16. Creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda himself received three nods, for best original score, best book and best lead actor. This makes it official: Whether we’re talking about the 18th…

  • A fresh crop of Jewish books for spring

    (JTA) — Spring — when nature itself seems to reawaken — is a time for renewal. Indeed, Jewish tradition teaches that Passover is a holiday of rebirth, a second new year. So it’s probably a good idea to spruce up your bookshelf (or e-reader or audiobook app), no? Here are ten Jewishy suggestions to rejuvenate…

  • The AT&T Girl’s surprising call to action

    (JTA) — You know Lily. You do. She’s that chipper, slyly witty girl who works at the AT&T store — not a real one, but the one you see in those ubiquitous TV ads. What you may not know is that the actress who plays her, Milana Vayntrub, is a nice Jewish girl. She’s also…

  • New and improved Jewish camps for our Gilded Age

    (JTA) — At the oldest Jewish summer camp in New England, you can hike, swim, sail — and now fly through the air with the greatest of ease. The Camp Modin “trapeze center” is the first of its kind in North America, a “revolutionary” design with a “state-of-the-art inflatable landing pad.” The center is just…

  • The country’s tastiest chicken will soon be kosher

    The brand-new Jewish Initiative for Animals aims to make animal welfare a Jewish communal issue — and bring top-notch kosher heritage poultry to market.

  • WATCH: Barbecue against bagels, KC conductor bets on Royals to win World Series

    Michael Stern wants bagels and lox, and not the store-bought kind, if Kansas City wins the World Series.

  • In time for Hanukkah, the 9 best Jewish books of the season

    It’s the perfect time to fall into a good book. Don’t miss these new Jewish — or Jewish-ish — reads.

  • Meet ‘RaBBi-Q’ — Kansas City’s kosher BBQ star

    Mendel Segal is a kosher barbecue champion in more ways than one, standing (and cooking) at the forefront of a rising movement.