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 restricting myself, I do my best to manage the quality of ingredients I put into my baked goods. I love developing recipes made with real...

8 crazy nights: An array of fab things to do for each night 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...
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...
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 destination knits to stripes and teddy bears, meet your new sweater icons. Sonia Rykiel   View this post on Instagram   It’s officially Christmas time ! Let’s warm up with...
Dog in stroller

Did you hear the one about the Bark Mitzvah?

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...
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
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 casual conversation in a bar in Rotterdam, Netherlands. As my friend Joe and I drank local beer and played cards, “travel tired” from a great...
Ess-a-bagels

Schmear factor: The 9 best bagel joints in the country

Some people think that the best bagels can only be found in New York City, and they might be right, even after the tragic...

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 is an international development program run by The Jewish Agency for Israel that brings together Jewish young adults from around the world for volunteer work and cultural exchange with local communities. Programs are currently running in Ghana, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, and Israel. Project TEN encourages participants to...

From neurotic to meshugana: The best retro Jewish characters now streaming

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...
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
Cinque Terre, (in Italian, "the five towns") are nestled in the northwest corner of Italy, close to France. With crazy vistas, bomb beaches, and pasta up to your eyeballs, the Cinque Terre region is a true jewel of Italian travel. The towns of Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and...

Solo performance: 4 simple tips to make traveling alone a blast

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...
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...
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 you happen to feel like it, and some other bits (eggnog, I’m looking at you) that you can safely ignore. And from mid-November onward, a...

The old ball game: A look at baseball’s connection to Jewish values and identity

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...
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
Olive oil, donuts, even elephants: the story of Hanukkah is packed with beauty inspiration. So this year, instead of socks and pencils, why not give gifts that are useful and contextual? Here’s my round-up of gifts sure to please the beautiful people in your life. One little candle… Scented candles have...
Jewelry store

Skip the tourist attractions: 5 ways to shop your way though London

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...

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
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 thought that ascribes all kinds of benefits to feeling thankful — and not just at Thanksgiving. Various studies have shown that gratitude can help you...

The new classics: 5 Jewish pop stars who are making their mark

We all know and love the many classic Jewish musicians who have dominated the scene over the years. From Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand...
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
As a site dedicated to celebrating the GOOD things in Jewish life, the horrific shootings at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh have left us all bewildered and saddened. While it is nearly impossible to find anything good here to celebrate, one silver lining is the way Jews...
Winter Skincare

Facing the cold harsh reality: 5 simple winter skincare tips

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...
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
I am pretty sure I was born to live in Israel, since I am obsessed with every type of food that comes out of that country. I hate eggplant in the US, but in Israel, it is one of my favorite foods. The way the food is seasoned and...

Power lunch: Mayim Bialik shares her recipe for satisfying veggie chili

One of the things I am always asked when people want to know about eating less animal products and more vegetables is, what dishes...
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....
For the past 17 years, Israeli Hanoch Greenberg has spent his summers in the American south, where he serves as a Specialist Supervisor and self-proclaimed “ambassador of fun” at URJ Camp Coleman in Georgia. Greenberg is the Director of Operations for The Jewish Agency’s Summer Camp Shlichim -- Shlichim are...
New Year, New Clothes Giveaway

C’hai Times: The 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...
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
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 up delicious dishes that taste like they've come straight from the land of milk and honey. Shakshuka Recipe courtesy of Dr. Shakshuka Ingredients: ¼ cup of canola oil ...
Lulav and Etrog

Labor of love: Why Sukkot is one of my favorite holidays

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...
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...
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 everyone's proud Jewish mom bragging about her kids. But really, each one of these impressive Jews has had an impact on the world in their...
The Band's Visit

Binge guide for Jews: 13 Jewish films you need to stream

"Jewish Film" is hard to pin down, exactly; it is as broad and diverse as the culture it reflects. As a category, it cuts...
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...
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 combines the best of culture, architecture and culinary delights. Every iconic spot is worth visiting in the day and at night as well --  the city...

As Leonard Cohen said: “Music is the emotional life of most people.”

Happy, angry, sad, bitchy, too good for anything, in love, dramatic -- I literally have a playlist for each of these moods and more....

Funny business: The best female Jewish comedians to check out now

Jewish women have always dominated the comedy scene, from stand-up legend Joan Rivers to the dark and hilarious Sarah Silverman. Funny femmes like Gilda...
As a frequent traveler, I've learned that there are some things I just won't leave home without. Whether it’s a weekend escape, 4-day beach trip or 2-week adventure, I always have my staples. These necessities have helped me stay organized and saved me from mishaps and more. You can...
Avocado toast

Not just an excuse to day drink: 10 of the best NYC brunch spots

Brunching in NYC is my favorite weekend activity no matter what. I love brunch food and am always looking for the next "best" brunch...

Jew-cubed: Making sense of my complicated Jewish identity

According to my birth certificate, being Jewish is my race, my religion, and my nationality. I like to call it the “Kosher Trifecta.” While...
Despite the high summer temps that most of the country is still experiencing, next season's fashion is already dropping in stores. From plaids to prairie dresses, here's a look at the top pieces trending this Fall and how to wear them IRL (in real life). And if you're saying "this...

Stars of shtick: The best Jewish comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Every August, Edinburgh, Scotland becomes the arts and entertainment capital of the world, bringing more than 50,000 shows to the picturesque ancient town. There...
Jerusalem, Israel

Eat, shop, chill: Fridays in Israel are not just another day

Friday in Israel is the best day of the week. The weekend is off to a start and there’s plenty of time to explore....
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Over the last few years, Iceland has become a destination hotspot both in summer and winter. Just a 3 hour flight from NYC, this entirely different world is remarkably easy to get to.  Whether you want to see the Midnight Sun or Northern Lights, there are spots you cannot...

Twisted traditions: 18 ways to update your Rosh Hashanah celebration

I have always loved the High Holidays. My mother is an incredible cook and entertainer, and Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were two of...

Hot capsule basics: 6 everyday summer style essentials

Scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, it appears as if every blogger, model, and Jane Doe is frolicking on the beaches of Capri or making...
The air was thick with love and celebration as the 20th Annual PRIDE Parade took over the city of Tel Aviv. The parade, the largest in Asia, brought in a bevy of international tourism, as people of all races, creeds, colors, and sexual orientation flooded the streets to celebrate...

Adults only: 13 awesome Bar and Bat Mitzvah gift ideas

Back in my day (circa 1982), the array of Bar and Bat Mitzvah gifts we're pretty much limited to cash, savings bonds, Cross pen...

Triumphing over adversity: How I battle my daughter’s rare genetic disease

I was in a sleep-deprived haze, similar to all first-time mothers who bring their newborns home, when I received the call from my daughter’s...
As record summer heat rolls across America, air conditioners and fans are working double time. But if you're still sweating the heat, here are some simple tips to help you cool down. Stick with 100% cotton Although there are all sorts of new-fangled moisture wicking materials, nothing breathes and keeps you...

Going from guilt to greatness: I married a convert

Growing up, I was always told two things by my traditional Jewish immigrant parents - I must become a doctor and marry a nice Jewish boy....

Travel blogging: My trip from navel gazing to sharing the world

I wasn’t always the insane, detailed planner that I am today. I didn’t understand how important or how strong my desire to travel was...
Los Angeles is home to more than 600,000 Jews – so there's no shortage of amazing Jewish food here. From shawarma and shakshuka to ghormeh sabzi and gefilte fish, you can find any Jewish cuisine from the Persian, Israeli, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi cultures in La La Land. Here are some...

Israeli cuisine: 12 must-eat restaurants across the country

If your family is anything like mine, we start talking about our next meal while we're still eating the current one. Lately, there's been...

A local’s guide to the best food in New Orleans, that’s not seafood

“Where should I go for seafood when I visit New Orleans?” That's everyone’s favorite question to ask me when planning a trip. True story:...

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