December 18, 2014 / 26th of Kislev, 5775
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    Hannah Catzen, 25, is a Somerville resident and Baltimore native. She’s a member of Moishe Kavod House and an alumna of Urban Adamah. In addition to reading and writing love letters (and all other sorts of written media), Hannah enjoys playing music, observing pollinators and riding... Read More
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    Going out the night before Thanksgiving with two of my friends seemed like a wonderful idea. After all, the three of us have 12 kids combined and it's generally hard to find a time when we are all at home and not busy. Over the course of the day we exchanged a flurry of texts and come 9:30 on... Read More
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    It’s that time of year.  The stores are full, the neighbor’s Christmas lights are shining and people are wishing you a “Merry Christmas.”  There was a time when I’d get uncomfortable, even angry, if a salesperson, waitress or someone passing me on a... Read More
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    We’re hosting the Chanukah party again! Last year the cleanup took three days, and even now the kiddish cups still have a faint smell of tequila. Why do we do this to ourselves? Because parties are holy! Don’t believe me? Read on:   1. People meet each other and flirt at... Read More
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    Mixed media artist Cynthia Brody is having an exclusive exhibit of her work at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge from Dec. 4, 2014, through Feb. 9, 2015. An opening reception will be held on Monday, Dec. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the center. I asked Cynthia, who also edited a... Read More
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    Miriam Fein first came into contact with JF&CS at five years old, when her family fled Romania and arrived in America as refugees.  “My aunt connected us with JF&CS – the agency had just started its New American Services program and through this program JF&CS found an... Read More
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    With Israel’s drubbing of Bosnia and Herzegovina still fresh in my mind, it’s time for my semi-annual review of Israelis playing soccer in Europe. This list probably isn’t comprehensive, but it’s already long enough, and I offer it to you in order of what I find... Read More
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    We all know it’s not nice to lie to your children. But withholding information is a different thing entirely. So if your kids are picky eaters, wait until they wolf down these latkes before you tell them they were made with, wait for it…cauliflower. Yep, cauliflower! I swear... Read More
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    I’m a huge fan of the customary latke accoutrements of applesauce and sour cream, but why limit yourself? For something a little less traditional, I paired sweet potato and shallot latkes with a cucumber raita. Raita is an Indian condiment that’s a mix of yogurt, spices and... Read More
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    This recipe borrows the beet-and-dill pairing (and vibrant fuchsia color!) of borscht, the refreshing Russian soup. Since beets don’t release as much liquid as potatoes, you don’t have to squeeze them after grating, which expedites the preparation process. Just be careful... Read More
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