• This Week in Jewish Farming: The journeyman’s journey

    About two weeks ago, I was one of three farmers in the state accepted into the Connecticut chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Journeyperson Program. Run with help from a United States Department of Agriculture grant, the program aims to help beginning farmers develop their skills by pairing them with a mentor and providing… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Communal billions, chocolate egg envy, Shas’ new leader

    Communal billions: From funding priorities to fundraising parties, a data-driven investigative series traces the contours of the Jewish charitable world.  (Forward) How Germany can help: Germany should use its economic and political clout to steer international assistance and support toward organizations fostering reform and moderation in Palestinian society, David Horovitz writes.  (Times of Israel) How Better Place failed: Shai Agassi… More ▸

  • After ‘Kosher Lust’: 10 ideas for Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s book series

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is coming out with a new book, “Kosher Lust: Love Is Not the Answer.” The latest tome from “America’s Rabbi” follows previous volumes like “Kosher Adultery: Seduce and Sin with Your Spouse,” “The Kosher Sutra: Eight Sacred Secrets for Reigniting Desire and Restoring Passion for Life,” “Kosher Jesus” and, last but not… More ▸

  • Randi Weingarten: Philly day school should stop ‘oppressing its teachers’

    The recent surprise decision by the board of a Philadelphia-area Jewish day school to stop recognizing its teachers union of 38 years has drawn the ire of Randi Weingarten, one of America’s leading labor leaders. Weingarten, the national president of the American Federation of Teachers, shared her thoughts on the situation at Perelman Jewish Day… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Ukraine’s Jews and Putin, an amputee jokes, reinventing the CJN

    Ukraine’s Jews and Putin: Ukraine’s Jewish communities are more concerned about Russian aggression than pogroms.  (N.Y. Times) Not your bubbe’s gefilte fish: No need to carp about the fuss of making the iconic dish — it’s just part of the holiday season.  (Boston Globe) An amputee jokes: Joe Kashnow, a veteran who grew up Orthodox, is opening for Lewis Black… More ▸

  • Oren on Jewish state push: ‘It’s a departure from the policy that I represented’

    For my story yesterday on the latest crisis in the talks, I spoke to Michael Oren, who until last September was the Israeli ambassador to Washington, and I asked him about why the issue of Palestinian recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state” has become so prominent in the talks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu… More ▸

  • ‘Let it Go,’ Passover’s new ‘Dayenu’

    “Let it Go,” the wildly popular and Academy Award-winning song from Disney’s “Frozen” has made Jewish singer/actress Idina Menzel into a household name. It’s also spawned a slew of Passover-related parody videos, of widely varying quality, on YouTube. (And you thought you were the only person to make the connection between “let it go” and… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Resurrecting Hazaz, Passover spirituals, bat mitzvah to intermarriage

    Jews in L.A. land:Los Angeles’ Jewish community has offered much to the city, including an array of complicated individuals, Rosemary Jenkins writes. (City Watch L.A.) From bat mitzvah to intermarriage: Emma Sarran, 28, is planning her bat mitzvah and her interfaith wedding at the same time. (The Frisky) Passover’s popularity: From Orthodox to unaffiliated, over 90 percent of North… More ▸