Eastern Exposure

12/22/2015 - 12:15
Travel Writer

If you thought of Chanukah as a holiday that unites Jews everywhere, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer has a message: Think again.

Rabbi Marvin Tokayer at concert hall in Birobidjan, Siberia. Photos courtesy of Lotus Tours

Shedding Light, And Heat, At White House Chanukah Party

12/15/2015 (All day)
Staff Writer

How far does the light of the Chanukah candles extend?

For Susan Talve, a St. Louis rabbi who recited the blessing at last Wednesday afternoon’s Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony at the White House, it was a chance to illuminate many of the ills besetting the nation and the world.

Rabbi Susan Talve, with President Obama, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at White House Chanukah party. Steve Sheffey

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Menorahs

The White House is looking for a special menorah for this year's Hanukkah celebration hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Past menorahs have ranged from historical treasures to original art.  In 2012 it came from a synagogue damaged during Hurricane Sandy and the following year it came from a synagogue destroyed during the Holocaust.  Another that year was the "Statue of Liberty Menorah" from the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

A Bite Of Tradition For Israeli Soldiers

12/15/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Chanukah, which began at sundown on Dec. 16, is considered a minor holiday in Judaism, but Israelis have adopted several traditions to make sure it is observed.

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Chanukah Resources For All Children

Chanukah is here! Have your children forgotten the blessings since last year? Do they need to brush up on their Chanukah skills? Do you need some activities for that Chanukah bash you are throwing? Look no further!

Below is a list of resources for everything you will need to make Chanukah accessible and fun, for everyone:

Learning about Chanukah. Courtesy of Gateways

Steven Sotloff’s Parents To Light Public Menorah In His Memory

12/14/2014 - 19:00

The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish journalist who was beheaded by a member of ISIS, will light a public menorah in Miami in his memory.

Holiday Gifts For Children Of All Abilities

Chanukah is a time to spend with friends and family lighting candles, eating delicious foods and exchanging gifts. When buying gifts for children and adolescents with autism always ask parents for gift suggestions. They can tell you about the child’s dietary restrictions, interests, and strengths and weaknesses. If you do not feel comfortable asking parents for holiday shopping advice, observe what toys, games, books, electronic appliances the child seems to enjoy. Parents will always appreciate having another one of their child’s favorite item readily available in case it is damaged. 

Dr. Frances Victory

Chanukah App Entices Teens to Give Back

Clink! allows teens to create a personalized giving plan.

12/08/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Interested in giving back this Chanukah?  There’s an app for that.

This week, the Jewish Communal Fund, a New York-based donor advised fund, released Clink!, a new app aimed to help teens and tweens discover their own style of giving. The app begins with a quiz, modeled after those found in teen magazines, called “What’s My Giving Type?” Users then select between 27 different causes, ranging from poverty, hunger and bullying to Jewish education, women’s rights and substance abuse.

What’s your giving style? New Clink! App helps teenagers answer that question.

Chanukah: To Give And To Get

12/10/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As a Jewish parent, I tend to feel a bit gleeful in late November. No need to brave lengthy lines. No need to explain to disappointed children why chopping down a tree isn’t an eco-friendly option. Here — at last — is the upside to my childhood envy of Yuletide merriment.

Ho. Ho. Ho.  (Ha! Ha!)

Elicia Brown
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