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Gefilte fish poppers and matzah casserole add new flavor to seder – The Jewish News of Northern California

| March 27, 2020

Every Passover, I add a little extra discussion to the seder table by serving a few dishes based on international Jewish foodways. This year Im spicing up my gefilte fish (and stuffing it in peppers) and serving a matzah casserole with bitter greens and a lemon-egg sauce. Many Ashkenazi Jews who settled in Mexico (and in Central and South America) add some spice to traditional Eastern European foods, which inspired me to add salsa to gefilte fish.

You don’t need Zoom or Skype to say Kaddish without a minyan. Here’s a healthier option for the community. – JTA News

| March 27, 2020

WALTHAM, Mass. (JTA) Like so many others, I am feeling the spiritual loss and pain of our current inability to learn Torah and pray together in person.

The UO’s women scholars are taking the lead in academia – AroundtheO

| March 25, 2020

They are mentors and role models in the classroom as well as in the community, but UO faculty women also put their leadership skills to work outside the university within a number of professional associations.

With Passover around the corner, Seward Park’s Orthodox Jews feel the impacts of COVID-19 – southseattleemerald.com

| March 25, 2020

by Carolyn Bick Every year, Karen Treiger and her husband gather together with their family from across the world to celebrate Passover. They all unite from as far away as Israel, and spend a little more than a week together, she said, eight days that begin with two huge Passover seders, the name for the holidays feasts.

Saying Kaddish from balconies and fasting: How Hasidic Jews are responding to the coronavirus – JTA News

| March 23, 2020

NEW YORK (JTA) One of Avi Webbs favorite times of the week is Sunday morning, when he takes his children to morning prayers at his synagogue and stays for a lesson on Hasidic thought.

In a Pandemic, Religion Can Be a Balm and a Risk – The New York Times

| March 23, 2020

BEIRUT, Lebanon Down on earth, the coronavirus outbreak was felling lives, livelihoods and normalcy. A nation-spanning blessing seemed called for. So up went a priest in a small airplane, rumbling overhead at an epidemiologically safe distance from the troubles below, wielding a sacred golden vessel from a cockpit-turned-pulpit.

Religion in conservative Mideast adapts to coronavirus – Middle East Online

| March 23, 2020

JERUSALEM - In the Middle East, where the three main monotheistic faiths shape daily life, the coronavirus pandemic has seen religious leaders support constraints unthinkable just a few weeks ago. Top Islamic clerics in the region and in Muslim-majority North Africa have endorsed the closure of mosques to avoid large gatherings where the risk of contamination could be high. The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, custodian of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre -- believed by Christians to house Christ's tomb -- has told congregations to receive communion in their hand, instead of on their tongue

Explore the natural beauty, diverse culture and rich musical heritage of Israel – ABC News

| March 23, 2020

Modern-day Israel is a country defined by centuries of multicultural history, providing rich inspiration for music and art. Sitting on the south-eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is a melting pot of cultural and musical influences from across the region

How Jewish Immigrants Spurred the Barbadian Rum Trade – VinePair

| March 17, 2020

The island nation of Barbados is renowned for more than just Rihanna the country is also home to a thriving rum industry that dates back to the 17th century. While many are familiar with Bajan rums Mount Gay and Malibu being some of the most popular few are aware of the early geopolitical developments that caused Barbados to become one of the Caribbeans most prominent producers of the spirit

Temple Mount’s Dome of The Rock Shuts Down Due to Coronavirus Threat – JerusalemOnline

| March 17, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has caused the closures of the Temple Mounts Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque until further notice, reports Reuters. As an alternative, the courtyards surrounding the two mosques will remain open for worshipers, said Al-Kiswani. Considered to be the third holiest site in the Islamic faith, the place is believed to be where the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven


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