Who doesn’t love a good kindness story? If you can’t get enough of those viral videos where the kindergarten children surprise the janitor with a gift, or everybody in the workplace chips in to buy one of their co-workers a car, then February 17th is the holiday...

Simcha style: The best trends to borrow from the red carpet

Awards season is in full swing — and while it’s great to see so many Jewish nominees and winners (mazel tov, Michael...

All you need is love: Even Jews can heart Valentine’s Day

Should Jews celebrate Valentine’s Day? It feels more problematic than Christmas somehow — partly because it’s associated with a Christian saint, but also because...
When people think of Chicago dining options, their minds go instantly to Chicago-style pizza, or hot dogs sprinkled with celery salt and sport peppers. And of course this is true. You will find unrivaled deep-dish pizza and Chicago dogs in the Windy City. But in the last few decades,...

Beautiful boy: Timothée Chalamet is our Jewish Fashion Icon of the month

This year's big winner was decided before the Oscar nominations had even been announced. The coveted winner of the Red Carpet Grand Slam —...

Love is in the air: 4 brilliant engagement ring trends for 2019

No pressure, but did you get engaged yet? “Engagement season” is in full swing, and you’ve only got until Valentine’s Day to pull it...
2019 is in full swing and everyone is talking about the breakthrough resolutions they made for themselves. They proudly declare how they are “giving up” chocolate, or how they are going to go to the gym 5 days a week. Don’t get me wrong, I think self-improvement...

Food for life: 5 health trends you should be eating up in 2019

Is your New Year off to a healthy start? Eating well has never been easier, with new and old food trends popping...

Why thank you! 6 simple ways to show your gratitude

With gift-giving season behind us, there's no time like the present to remind you that every gift, no matter the size, requires...
Looking up at the forest
Even as minor Jewish festivals go, Tu B’Shvat has always felt particularly tiny. Hanukkah has candles, donuts and gifts; Purim is basically a Jewish carnival. For Tu B’Shvat (New Year for the trees) we're asked to do little more than eat a few nuts and commune with...

Eating Europe: The best food we ate while traveling across the continent

Travel is great for so many reasons. New sites, sounds, places, and people. But it's really the local cuisine that can change the...

The year in Jewish fashion: Marvelous looks that rocked 2018

It’s been a big year for Jewish style (isn’t it always?). From the unexpected trends to fabulous celebrations and the wedding of...
Anytime you go on a long trip where you’re bouncing from place to place among different countries, destinations can start to run together in your mind. When that happens, it's time for a change of scenery.  Photo by Harry Ehrlich.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg working out

Notoriously fab: RBG is our Fashion Icon of the month

The collars! The frankly astonishing workout routines! The merch! Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a full-fledged pop culture icon, and this...
Barre Class

Barre Class: Plié your way to a ballet body

Nutcracker season is over — and while Disney’s cinematic version didn’t quite set the world alight this year, plenty of us are...
Amsterdam aside, the Netherlands is a country full of unique cities that are worth seeing; Rotterdam is the lesser known of the two Dams, and our visit there was a true travel exploration! More than just another Dam

The benefits of a good soak: Science and religion agree on this one

As midwinter looms and the nights draw in, is there anything more tempting than a good soak in the tub? Lowering yourself...

Ready, set, go! 3 simple tips for surviving holiday travel

Holiday travel is everyone’s favorite nightmare. On the one hand, everyone is especially excited to leave work/school for a week and go...
When we think of some artists, we can't help but think of the themes they return to throughout their careers. Claude Monet created more than 250 oil paintings of the water lilies in his home garden. Paul Gaugin painted scores of Polynesian women. Degas had...

Eat, drink and be merry: Fun stuff for Jews to do at Christmastime

Jewish Christmas. Yes, it's a thing. Traditions aren't only for Christians; were off work and hanging out with our families...
Snickerdoodles

It’s a holiday miracle: Guilt-free, gluten-free divine Snickerdoodles

Anyone who knows me knows I can't pass up a good dessert. I've learned to embrace my sweet tooth over the years, and instead of...
Hanukkah, Hanukah, Chanukah -- however you spell it, its finally here! If you're wondering what to do every night, here's a guide full of fun ideas: Play Cards Against Humanity - Jew Pack Hanukkah is a great opportunity to play a game that requires lots of players, like Cards Against Humanity....
The Nanny

The Nanny with style: Fran Drescher is our Jewish fashion icon of the month

Feather trim. Fanny packs. Leopard print — oh, and snake print. Looking at the fall/winter 2018 collections, you could be forgiven for thinking there...

Chic or ugly: Your perfect holiday sweater is out there

Not warm these days, is it? Still, one of the joys of winter is cozy knitwear, and there’s no shortage of Jewish inspiration. From...
Dog in stroller
This Hanukkah, I will mainly be buying gifts for other people’s dogs. Every day, it seems, another friend succumbs. “We did it!” says the inevitable Facebook post, accompanied by yet another picture of an adorable ball of fluff, as one more Jewish mom goes over to the bark side. At...
Red lipstick

Lip service: A guide to red lipstick for people who don’t wear red lipstick

If it’s the holidays, it must be red lipstick time. Chances are, you already know where you stand on this. Red lipstick is one...
Ghent Belgium

Adventures in Ghent: Neon carnivals, parties in the streets, and ridiculous ribs

T he best part of travelling is the unexpected adventure that starts by connecting with new people. My memorable visit to Ghent started with a...
Ess-a-bagels
Some people think that the best bagels can only be found in New York City, and they might be right, even after the tragic loss of H&H Bagels. But while New York does have more than its fair share of amazing bagels (something to do with the tap water), there are...

Geek love: Just in time for Chanukah, 5 must-have new tech gadgets

Chanukah comes early this year (like, December 2nd early!) which means you have less time than you think to track down gifts for your...

Project TEN: A world of volunteers, giving every day

Project TEN is an international development program run by The Jewish Agency for Israel that brings together Jewish young adults from around the world for...
We've been following Jewish stories in period films since movies began. Who hasn't sung along with Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof or cheered the efforts of Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List? But not every Jewish story has to take place in the shtetl. Plenty of Jewish film and TV characters capture...
Charleston, South Carolina

Foodie heaven on earth: A guide to eating, drinking and exploring Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina is making its way to the top of everyone’s American bucket list and it’s easy to see why. A charming little...
Cinque Terre at golden hour

Picture perfect: Capturing the rustic beauty of Italy’s Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, (in Italian, "the five towns") are nestled in the northwest corner of Italy, close to France. With crazy vistas, bomb beaches, and...
My friends always look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them I am visiting a whole city, or even worse, a bunch of cities, all by myself. I personally enjoy traveling alone and think it is a great way to learn more about yourself and immerse yourself...
Chagall Four Seasons Mosaic

Art for the people: Finding Marc Chagall’s work in public places

Marc Chagall, one of the most famous artists of all time, brought his Jewish aesthetic to everything he did. The artist famously declared, “If...

Not just for Goyem: Why nobody can resist a holiday window

It’s so great being Jewish over the holidays. There’s no pressure surrounding Christmas; just a bunch of fun stuff (office parties, gingerbread latte) if...
Jews in America have always had a special love for baseball. Newly arrived Jewish immigrants embraced the all-American pastime as part of their integration into a new society. Everyone knew the basics of the game; its close relative, stickball, was one of the few organized games Jewish kids could play...
Krav Maga

Killer workout: How to kick ass, and firm it too, with Krav Maga

Krav Maga is a self-defense system that was started in the 1930s as a technique for fighting fascists. It was developed and formalized for...
Hannukah donuts

On point: 8 Hanukkah themed beauty gifts that show how much you care

Olive oil, donuts, even elephants: the story of Hanukkah is packed with beauty inspiration. So this year, instead of socks and pencils, why not...
Jewelry store
From the Crown Jewels to Big Ben and the London Bridge, the UK's capital offers many infamous tourist destinations. But the world-class shopping is so fabulous that it would be silly not to at least do some poking around. (Even if it means skipping out one of the classic...

Dazzling: How to be the best dressed from Hanukkah through the New Year

Sure, you can always pull out last year’s trusty black dress, or play it safe with jeans-and-a-nice-top. But 2018 is turning out to be...
Gratitude in the leaves

Thank goodness: Gratitude may just be the secret to a happy life

Can you train yourself to be happier in just five minutes a day? That’s the promise of the gratitude industry, a burgeoning school of...
We all know and love the many classic Jewish musicians who have dominated the scene over the years. From Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand to Leonard Cohen, Billy Joel, Lou Reed, Simon & Garfunkel and Bette Midler, we’ve heard some incredible music from members of the Tribe. And the...
Jeff Goldblum

Hubba hubba: Check out Jeff Goldblum, our Jewish Fashion Icon of the Month

There was really only one name in contention to kick off our Jewish Fashion Icon of the Month series. Did you see Jeff Goldblum’s...
Memorial Candles

Together with Pittsburgh, Together Against Anti-Semitism

As a site dedicated to celebrating the GOOD things in Jewish life, the horrific shootings at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh have...
Winter Skincare
The high holidays are a fading memory; Chanukah’s on the horizon, and holiday gift sets are starting to drop in stores. Yes, according to the beauty calendar, winter has officially begun. Here’s how to prep your skin for the season. Change Up Your Moisturizer When temperatures drop outside and the thermostat...
Brazil's remote Jewish populations

Identity crisis: The importance of connecting Brazil’s remote Jewish communities

As a people who have been persecuted, exiled and separated throughout history, Jews around the world take strength and meaning from coming together...
The bar at Messa restaurant

Adventures in food: A guide to the 10 best Tel Aviv restaurants

I am pretty sure I was born to live in Israel, since I am obsessed with every type of food that comes out of...
One of the things I am always asked when people want to know about eating less animal products and more vegetables is, what dishes do I recommend people try? This recipe is one of them. Veggie chili -- yup, made without meat -- can be delicious, and it's an...
Katz's Delicatessen Pastrami on Rye

Eat your heart out: The 8 best Jewish Delicatessens in the U.S.

Jews love food. We love to eat it, we love to talk about it, and we love to argue about who makes it best....

Ties that bind: The Jewish camp in Georgia that grieved with Parkland

For the past 17 years, Israeli Hanoch Greenberg has spent his summers in the American south, where he serves as a Specialist Supervisor and...
New Year, New Clothes Giveaway
Every year at Rosh Hashanah my Grandpa Abe would come to town and take us to Rabbit's Foot to buy new shoes for the New Year - an annual trip that became a time honored tradition in my family. This year, we're extending my family's tradition to the So...
The Sephardic Legacy at The Contemporary Jewish Museum

The story of us: 5 Jewish museums that preserve our culture and history

With our long history of surviving attempts to erase our culture and stories, Jews are understandably proud of our accomplishments and determined to never...
Kitchen prep work

Blue plate specials: 7 authentic Israeli recipes to try at home

Israeli cuisine's popularity is on the rise, from upscale dining experiences to addictive street food. These seven authentic Israeli recipes will have you serving...
Lulav and Etrog
I’m serious when I say this: I love Jewish holidays that are very physical, require tons of preparation and take hours upon hours of work to pull off. Sukkot, which is on the 15th day of Tishrei, is one of my favorite Jewish holidays. Each year, right after our Yom Kippur...
STEM toys

Brain food: STEM toys offer a smarter way to play

Growing up in a Russian household, science and math were always stressed as top priority subjects. I spend a lot of time studying, and...

Uber Jews: 10 super successful members of the tribe

Do you feel a bit verklempt when our fellow Jews make it to the top? I do. I take it to an extreme -- I'm like...
The Band's Visit
"Jewish Film" is hard to pin down, exactly; it is as broad and diverse as the culture it reflects. As a category, it cuts through all genres – comedy, drama, romance, action, documentary – and tells the stories of Jews of all eras and backgrounds, from the shtetl to...
Jewish Designers

Beautiful people: Jewish designers strike a pose at New York Fashion Week

The glorious month of September is upon us, complete with pumpkin spice lattes, cooler evening temperatures, and of course New York Fashion Week. The...

Ooou la la: A photo blogger’s take on the most iconic spots in Paris

Paris is one of the most famously romantic cities in the world, and one of my favorite places to photograph. It's a city that...

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