Four months after Jacob Bender, a Jewish filmmaker from Manhattan, was appointed to a symbolically landmark position with an American Muslim organization, he says he is serving as an example of interfaith tolerance.
Philly has more than just cheese-stake to offer Jewish foodies.
Food & Wine Contributor
Merion, Pa. — My grandmother of blessed memory would be surprised if she knew what they’re doing with the schmaltz here at Citron and Rose, a stylish, new glatt kosher restaurant next door to the Philadelphia Community Kollel in this upscale Philly suburb.
They mix it with fried garlic and onions as a substitute for butter with the warm dinner rolls.
This is where kosher cuisine meets a sometimes-surprising re-interpretation, thanks to some very creative individuals.
I have a standing invitation from Chef Michael Solomonov to bake Iraqi-style laffa bread with him at Zahav, where he and his business partner, Steven Cook, offer classic Israeli tastes in a modern setting near the historic cobblestones of Dock Street in downtown Philadelphia.
It’s not just that my friend Hila Ratzabi moved there and not just that my former JTA boss Lisa Hostein has taken over its Jewish newspaper.
Now, a Conservative synagogue in suburban Philly is changing its policies to allow gentile spouses to become full synagogue members.
Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El’s new policy was written up a few weeks ago in A Jewish Newspaper That Shall Remain Nameless, in an article that accomplished the remarkable feat of writing at great length about various policies affecting intermarried families and quoting a number of sources, not one of them an intermarried person.
As $150 million American Jewish History museum in Philadelphia nears opening, a look at the double-edged story it’s telling.
Philadelphia — He was a prominent city official in Richmond two centuries ago, but he is a minor figure in American history. Solomon Jacobs, in a portrait that well displays his serious mien and full sideburns, makes a silent statement here about the lives that American Jews once led and still do.