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For local Jewish food businesses, necessity is the mother of reinvention – The Jewish News of Northern California

| April 22, 2020

Food coverageis supported by a generous donation from Susan and Moses Libitzky. Earlier this month, Jesse Bloom was supposed to cook two community seders in one week. Between Walnut Creeks Congregation Bnai Tikvah and Piedmonts Kehilla Community Synagogue, he would have fed around 275 people

Mimouna: The Very Opposite of Social Distancing – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| April 19, 2020

Photo Credit: Flash90 {Originally posted to the JNS website} On Thursday night, as sundown falls on the holiday of Passover, Sephardic Jews everywhere will celebrate the centuries-old tradition of Mimouna. This is the night when Jews open their doors to their neighbors, offering tables lavish with sweets to usher in a year of sweetness and good fortune.

Penslar weighs the impact of Herzl’s personal power – Harvard Gazette

| April 18, 2020

Derek Penslar, William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History at Harvard University, has long studied modern Jewish history from a global perspective. In his new biography of Theodor Herzl, Penslar examined how the founder of modern Zionisms personal life influenced his political impact

Mimouna: The very opposite of social distancing – JNS.org

| April 18, 2020

(April 16, 2020 / Jewish Journal) On Thursday night, as sundown falls on the holiday of Passover, Sephardic Jews everywhere will celebrate the centuries-old tradition of Mimouna.

The PAX series: Games named after peace that are anything but peaceful – Albany Times Union

| April 18, 2020

Chess on steroids These days I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about Sinan Reis. If you have no idea who that is, that is not surprising

Sephardi | people | Britannica

| April 17, 2020

Sephardi, also spelled Sefardi, plural Sephardim or Sefardim, from Hebrew Sefarad (Spain), member or descendant of the Jews who lived in Spain and Portugal from at least the later centuries of the Roman Empire until their persecution and mass expulsion from those countries in the last decades of the 15th century. Read More on This Topic Judaism: Sephardic developments In Muslim Spain, Jews frequently served the government in official capacities and, therefore, not only took an active interest in political The Sephardim initially fled to North Africa and other parts of the Ottoman Empire, and many of these eventually settled in such countries as France, Holland, England, Italy, and the Balkans. Salonika (Thessalonki) in Macedonia and the city of Amsterdam became major sites of Sephardic settlement.

Why is this Haggadah different from all others? – The Economist

| April 17, 2020

The latest chapter in the story of an extraordinary Passover book WHY, JEWISH children asked at the Passover meal last week, is this night different from all others? The question is stipulated in the Haggadah, a ritual book that recounts the Israelites escape from bondage in Egypt

Rabbi Sholom Eidelman, 84, Served Moroccan Jewry for More Than 60 Years – Devoted educator was among the longest-serving Chabad emissaries in the…

| April 17, 2020

Rabbi Sholom Eidelman, one of the longest-serving Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in the worlda devoted Chassid, teacher and congregational leader who along with his wife, Gittel, rarely left the North African nation of Morocco since being dispatched there in 1958passed away in a hospital in Casablanca on April 10, the second day of Passover, after contracting COVID-19. He was 84 years old.

Israel’s chief rabbis say Passover Seder can’t be held via videoconference – The Times of Israel

| April 6, 2020

The Chief Rabbinate on Tuesday issued guidelines for Passover in the age of coronavirus, saying it was not permitted to hold the traditional Seder by videoconference and dismissing a previous ruling by several rabbis who said it was allowed.

Passover recipe: Add a little sweet and sour to the seder’s bitter greens – The Jewish News of Northern California

| April 6, 2020

This Chicken and Celery Saut in Sephardic Sweet and Sour Sauce reflects several seder traditions. Some Sephardic communities dip celery leaves, not parsley, into salt water.


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