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  • Most Delicious Chanukah Menorah

    This year’s award has to go to the Jelly Belly-filled menorah lit Wednesday night at Jelly Belly headquarters in Fairfield, Calif. Each of the eight branches was filled with Jelly Bellys, which have been OU-certified since 2008. The culprit behind the venture was Rabbi Chaim Zaklos of Chabad of Solano County. A close runner-up is… More ▸

  • Lighting the way for women rabbis

    During this year’s festival for freedom, four extraordinary Jewish women –the first Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative women rabbis, along with the first Open Orthodox rabba – got together Monday in Boston to light the Chanukah candles. At this first-ever ceremony, the four spoke of their journeys, and the barriers still remaining to full female participation… More ▸

  • Matisyahu’s take on Chanukah

    If you’re not into A-capella, check out Matisyahu’s Chanukah music video — turns out the dude can skate! (NPR also has this essay Matisyahu wrote about Chanukah music) If you prefer old-school Chanukah music, listen to this report from WBUR-Boston with Hankus Netsky, founding member and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. More ▸

  • ‘A New Light’

      A Chanukah tip from our friends at MyJewishLearning: Listen to "A New Light," a song Sarah Aroeste, Naomi Less and Chana Rothman. More ▸

  • Y.U. Chanukah frenzy: Dreidel record and viral video

    OK, OK, the idea of Yehsiva University coming down with a case of Chanukah fever isn’t quite stop-the-presses news. Still, we figured you might enjoy some of the details. First, this video from The Maccabeats, which has gone viral (my kids only account for 100 of the views):  And a bunch of those crazy Y.U…. More ▸

  • Late olive harvest threatens popular Chanukah project

    This year’s olive harvest is late, and Chanukah is early, arriving at the unseemly date of Dec. 1. That’s bad news for Chabad rabbis who run travelling olive press demonstrations, bringing old-time Chanukah skills to thousands of children in schools and synagogues nationwide. They need the ripe fruit to squeeze into oil, reports Jeanette Friedman… More ▸

  • Cooking their way through the December Dilemma

    Chanukah is a minor holiday that’s only big because of Christmas. If it weren’t for the mass hysteria brought on by the Santa season, Jewish children wouldn’t be clamoring so loudly for the gelt and the eight nights of presents. And then there’s tree envy. How to beat the lure of that towering fir of… More ▸

  • Younger Jewish leaders not so worried about intermarriage

    Jewish leaders younger than 40 aren’t as bent out of shape about intermarriage as their older colleagues. That’s a not-very-surprising finding of "Generation of Change: How Leaders in their Twenties and Thirties are Reshaping American Jewish Life," anew survey of young leaders of Jewish organizations  commissioned by the Avi Chai Foundation. Those younger Jews in… More ▸