September 22, 2014 / 27th of Elul, 5774
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Molly Parr

  • Charred eggplant with coriander and pomegranate, schmaltzy potatoes with pickled lime, Yemeni honey cake with comb—just your typical Rosh Hashanah fare, right? Jeff Gabel, founder of the Jewish cuisine pop-up Kitchen Kibitz, just announced the menu for his Rosh Hashanah event. The pop-up meal, titled “Land of Milk and Honey,” aims to explore the Jewish cuisine of the Middle East with help from the chef de cuisine at Sofra Bakery & Caf&eacu...

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  • Phillip Brodsky, center, leading The David Project's Israel Uncovered trip last winter.

    For many college students, deciding how to spend their free time is just as important as their class schedules. With Israel on everyone’s mind after this summer’s Operation Protective Edge, I thought now would be the perfect time to chat with Phillip Brodsky, the new executive director of The David Project, a national Israel advocacy organization.

    Tell me about The ...

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  • This fall I am featuring all three Jewish gubernatorial candidates in this column. This week I speak with health-care policy expert Don Berwick. We talk about why he’s running for governor and what it’s like to be knighted by the Queen of England. The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

    Why are you running for governor?

    I’m concerned about the country we’re becoming and about our society. I’m concerned a...

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  • This fall I am featuring all three Jewish gubernatorial candidates in this column. This week I speak with State Treasurer Steve Grossman about his candidacy and how his Judaism informs his politics. The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

    Why are you running for governor?

    We have a moral imperative to build a community that leaves no one behind. Right now we have 200,000 residents out of work; 200,000 people having only part-time wor...

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  • Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Lyons has spent more than a decade on his film, “Steve Ross: Giving Back to America,” about Holocaust survivor Steve Ross. (Steve is also the father of Four Questions friend Mike Ross.) Roger is 90 percent of the way there and has a Jewcer campaign (think Kickstarter) to fund him the rest of the way. I talked to him about his project and how the television industry has changed since he began the film. His Jewcer campaign runs through Friday, Aug. 22....

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  • Is creativity a product of the “lone genius”? Not necessarily, writes Joshua Wolf Shenk in his new book, “Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs.” This week I had the chance to ask Joshua about his bold new theory, plus his favorite Beatles song. If you’re curious to find out more, and why on earth I’m asking about the Fab Four, check him out in person next Monday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books.

    We’ve always hear...

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  • As we enter the tail end of summer, I jumped at the opportunity to talk skin protection with Diana Broulliard, who just opened Dream Spa Medical in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner. The verdict: apply, reapply, reapply. And wear a floppy hat!

    It’s summer, which means bright sunshine all day long. Nowadays we hear how dangerous the sun can be for our skin. What’s your best advice for skin protection for someone who’s going to be outside during the day?

    Keep ...

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  • With August nearly upon us, I thought it best to chat with a local artisan ice cream maker. It turns out Kasey Fechtor has more than just a pint of fresh, homemade ice cream up her sleeve. I spoke with the budding pastry chef about her route from the world of advertising to the kitchen, and what a day in the life of a pastry chef looks like.

    Let me get this straight: You worked in advertising, but now you’re a pastry chef and make ice cream? How did that happen?

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  • If you’ve grabbed a meal downtown or off a food truck and didn’t pay with cash or a card, there’s a good chance Seth Priebatsch had a hand in that purchase. Seth’s invention, LevelUp, has changed the way we pay for things. I asked him how it all works and the future of paying for stuff with our phones.

    What’s LevelUp and how does it work?

    LevelUp is the easiest way to pay with your phone at your favorite local businesses and save. Basically ...

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  • Artist and art therapist Tova Speter’s work can be seen throughout the world. I was lucky enough to chat with her about her murals and how the process of making them brings communities together.

    I discovered you because I walked by a mural in Cambridge and was struck by what I saw. On closer inspection I realized the artist was named “Tova,” and I was excited that I might have the chance to feature you in this column. I had no idea your murals can be found throughout the worl...

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Molly_parr
I live in Lower Allston with my husband, Rich, our daughter, Lilli, and our cat, Rooster. I work in the development department at the Perkins School for the Blind. You may have read my words (sometimes under my maiden name, Shaffer) in Jewish publications, including The Manhattan Sentinel, The Long Island Jewish World, The Jewish News of Western Massachusetts, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal Boston-North, The Jewish Voice & Herald of Rhode Island, InterfaithFamily, JewishBoston.com, or my personal blog, Cheap Beets.

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So glad this has worked out for you Kasey! You have to come by the agency and let us try some of those new ice creams!
Four Questions with Kasey Fechtor, Pastry Chef and Artisan Ice Cream Maker
This is fantastic Kasey! How great to use all of your marketing skills for a venture that you love! I understand completely and I'm so happy for you!
Four Questions with Kasey Fechtor, Pastry Chef and Artisan Ice Cream Maker