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Eight Nights of Hanukkah 2 for 1: Prayers for Peace

Posted by: erika on: December 14, 2012

***UPDATE*** Sending prayers of peace, blessing, love and healing to the families who lost loved ones and children in the horrific and tragic shooting in Connecticut. I work in a small Jewish non-profit where no one is talking about it (or talked about it). I didn’t realize what had happened until moments ago. I’m incredibly […]

Eight Nights of Hanukkah:2 for 1-Punk Jews and Let’s Eat!

Posted by: erika on: December 12, 2012

I missed last night…I barely lit candles (had to blow them out). It was a crazy-long day that ended all the way up on the Upper West Side to watch a movie about Jews, what else? The movie in question, Punk Jews, is an hour-long look into the lives of Jews who live “on the […]

Eight Nights of Hanukkah:How Do You Spell it?

Posted by: erika on: December 10, 2012

From the LeeVees hit (cheesy) Hanukkah Song

Eight Nights of Hanukkah: Where Does Hanukkah Come From?

Posted by: erika on: December 9, 2012

  Hanukkah is probably the most widely known Jewish holiday for Americans living outside of New York. Which is to say that if you’re a person who, say, grew up in Ohio when you thought Jewish you thought Hanukkah. The proximity to Christmas helped me to be a fair retail manager. I encouraged my associates […]

Eight Nights of Hanukkah: Amazing Videos for Hanukkah

Posted by: erika on: December 8, 2012

The Maccabeats have a new song for Hanukkah. Four former Maccabeats members also got on the Hanukkah song train this season The Fountainheads are still running around Israel making videos Matisyahu was on Jay Leno on Thursday night and performed his latest Hanukkah song Some adorable children of the Conservative Movement put together this video […]

Latkes are Not Jewish

Posted by: erika on: December 17, 2011

I’m sorry, they’re not.  They’re European. I love latkes.  They’re one of my favorite indulgences.  What’s not to love about fried potatoes topped with sour cream?  It’s perfection in a greasy, wonderful, crispy dish.  Thing is, I had them back in Ohio at a Polish joint and they were just called Potato Pancakes, ’cause that’s […]

Mitzvah Update!

Posted by: erika on: November 23, 2011

 I am, indeed, back from a wonderful tour of Israel.  I’ve had several people ask me when I’m going to post about it.  I will post when I can articulate everything that I am feeling.  Don’t misread, I had an amazing time.  I can only say that I absolutely love Israel, specifically the Negev and […]

Hanukkah, and other things I learned in Conversion Class

Posted by: erika on: February 9, 2011

Tonight’s conversion class was about Chanukah.  I gotta be real, I was sort of thinking about skipping tonight because I felt like I knew almost everything there was to know about Hanukkah, including different ways of spelling it.  Last trimester, our last class was on the first night of Hanukkah and we lit the Hanukkah […]

This is going to be one long post, but I will try to be as concise as possible without sounding like I’m rattlling off fun-facts of my previous week.  It’s probably best to start with the most recent and work my way back to last Friday, my Hanukkah party. 1.  Shabbat, this week. I met […]

Wednesday, the first night of Hanukkah, was my last conversion class until January 12 when we’ll study the Jewish Holiday Cycle.  As it was the first night of Hanukkah we learned about the Holiday and its origins.  Of course, when one thinks of Hanukkah, both Jew and non-Jew, you think of the menorah and the […]


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