• Bar mitzvah honors late father’s wish, reflects son’s creativity

    Before dying of cancer in 2007, the late film critic Joel Siegel requested that his son, Dylan, become a bar mitzvah. This month his request was honored, with a service featuring an original play, a grandmother’s secret brisket recipe and a vanilla Torah cake just like the one served at Siegel’s own big day. More ▸

  • Wearing the Whole Megillah

      Torah scribe Julie Seltzer, who has been writing a Torah scroll as part of an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, has employed those same skills to create a unique Purim costume. See it here – the whole Megillah, or Purim story, inscribed on her clothing: http://www.flickr.com/photos/contemporaryjewishmuseum/sets/72157623483407813/with/4427423419/ How fast can you… More ▸

  • A Blessing on Their Furry Heads

    The blogosphere loved our story about the San Diego synagogue holding its annual blessing of the animals this Sunday.   As the San Diego Union-Tribune originally reported: Pets of all shapes and sizes — from goldfish and turtles to cats and dogs — should arrive by noon to be blessed by Rabbi Yael Ridburg. Congregation… More ▸

  • Pretty as a Picture

    How about an even dozen of cute Jewish frat boys gracing your 2011 calendar? That’s what Cornell Hillel will sell you for ten bucks. Here’s Mr. January, AEPi president Matt Lerner:   And here’s Mr. November, “perfect” to take home to mom and dad: Junior Susu Fried, president of the school’s Jewish Greek Council and… More ▸

  • Bad News Santa

    How do Jewish parents tell their kids that Santa won’t be visiting them? Not this year. Not ever. It’s a harsh message, made more difficult by the constant barrage of Christmas cheer they see on TV, on the streets, at the mall, at their friends’ homes…everywhere. Marjorie Ingall outlines four main approaches, from telling the… More ▸