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Chanukah or Hannukkah

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Why o why are there so many different spellings of the holiday?hanukiah-image

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Lag B'Omer Explained

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 3:00:00 pm Comments (0)

Lag B'Omer is just a minor Jewish Holiday but it is rather interesting and mysterious.  With many different reasons for the holiday, we've distilled the most common facts we could find about the holiday into this infographic for you.

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Yom Hazikaron

Monday, May 1, 2017
Posted by: Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

yom-hazikaron-imageToday, flags in Israel are flown at half-staff, and all Israel stands with bowed heads and tearful eyes in memory of the 23,544 soldiers and 3,117 civilians who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure Israel's continued existence with security and prosperity. Today we all keep the families of the fallen in our hearts.

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Passover Popovers

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Posted by: Stacey Herman on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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It's that time of year when we are trying to use up all the leftover Matzah.  Passover Popovers are delicious breakfast(or any time of day) treat sure to use up your Matzah stores until next year.

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Passover Scavenger Hunt

Monday, April 25, 2016
Posted by: Stacey Herman on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)

We 're having a little Passover fun this week. Stop at the welcome desk to get your scavenger hunt list.scavenger-hunt-image

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What is Sukkot?

Monday, September 28, 2015
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Remembering the Munich 11

Saturday, September 5, 2015
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 8:00:00 am Comments (0)

On September 4, 1972 the Olympic village in Munich, West Germany, was as any other day celebrating the games. But early morning, September 5 that peace was shattered when armed gunmen from the Palestinian terrorist group Black September broke into the village and forced their way into one of the Israeli apartments taking 5 hostages. When the terrorists entered a second apartment, wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg struggled with them before being shot to death. Weightlifter Yossef Romano attacked next but was also fatally shot. A total of nine Israeli coaches and athletes were taken hostage.

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A History of Jews and the American Revolution

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Posted by: Alison Silverman on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 11:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Declaration of Independence was signed 239 years ago on July 4, 1776 by many men, all of whom were not Jewish. Though there are no Jewish people who signed the document, there remain a few who contributed greatly to the Revolutionary war and its victory to America’s independent who are definitely worth noting.  About 100 Jewish people participated in the Revolutionary war fighting against England.

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Shavuot - The Holiday Explained

Friday, May 22, 2015
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The holiday of Shavuot celebrates the receiving of the Torah.  Learn more about this holiday. shavuot-infographic-thumbnail

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Your Passover Guide to the 10 Plagues

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm Comments (0)
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It seems that most people know Moses parted the sea, whether the Red or Reed sea, and lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. What were the events that lead up to Pharaoh's decision to let them go? 

Here is your definitive guide to those 10 Biblical Plagues.

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How to Make a Grass Head

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Grass heads are super simple and fun to make.  Great for a quick project for kids.  And for you adults who want to wax nostalgic, Cha Cha Chia

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How to Make Challah

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:00:00 pm Comments (0)
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The braided challah, which is made with eggs, is the Jewish Sabbath‑and‑holiday bread.  

It is surrounded by folklore and tradition and loaded with symbolism. On festive occasions a blessing is said over two loaves, symbolizing the two portions of the manna that was distributed on Fridays to the children of Israel during their Exodus from Egypt. The breads are covered on the table by a decorative challah cover or a white napkin, which represents the dew that collected on the manna in the morning. Poppy and sesame seeds sprinkled on the bread also symbolize the manna that fell from heaven.

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Shana Tova! - Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)
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The High Jewish Holidays are upon us in 2014.  As we celebrate the New Year, 5775, here are just a few things about Rosh Hashanah.

Shana Tova!  Here's to a sweet new year!

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Passover Granola Snack

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Posted by: Stacey Herman on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Tired of the Matzah yet?  Here is a delicious Passover Granola Recipe to sweeten up your Passover from Shalom Stacey that is sure to delight.

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What's on your Seder Plate?

Friday, April 11, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 9:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Celebrate

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Harriet and George Blank are the 2014 Committee Co-Chairs of the “Second Annual A Night to Celebrate Israel”, which takes place on Thursday, April 3, 6:30p.m. at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater.  The event is open to the community and registrations are still being accepted.  George Blank offered these reflections on the upcoming event…

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Judith Resnick - Jewish American Astronaut

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Posted by: Julie Berniker on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)
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Judith Resnik was one of the seven crew members who died in the tragic explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. She was the second American woman to travel to space, and the fourth womanworldwide. Judith was born as Judith Arlene Resnik on April 5, 1949, to her first-generation Jewish-Russian Parents.

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Burt Bacharach - A soundtrack to the Oscars

Monday, March 3, 2014
Posted by: Julie Berniker on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 11:00:00 am Comments (1)
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March 2, 2014 marks the 86th Academy Awards Ceremony so we thought we would highlight Jewish Academy Award winner Burt Bacharach.  Burt Freeman Bacharach, born May 12, 1928, is an American singer–songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri and is of German-Jewish decent.

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What is the Jewish Holiday of Purim?

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Sometimes called the Jewish Mardi Gras, Purim is the celebration of deliverance from a plot of extermination in ancient Persia.

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Meet the Olympians

Friday, February 7, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:00:00 pm Comments (0)

In the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russa, the Nation of Israel will be represented by 5 athletes.

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Matisyahu: Jewish Rock Raggae

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)

Born Matthew Miller, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Matisyahu grew up in White Plains, NY.  He grew up in a household learning traditional Jewish values in Hebrew School and in Synagogue.  However, as he entered his teen years, he began to rebel against these traditional values and even dropped out of high school.  By the age of 16, Matisyahu started to find his way back to his Jewish roots.  Seeing the void in himself, Matisyahu left White Plains for a camping trip in Colorado.

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Tu B'Shevat, The New Year for the Trees

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)

Tu B'Shevat, the new year for the trees.  Learn about the hoilday the is becoming the Jewish Earth Day.

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Happy Chanukah

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 2:00:00 pm Comments (0)

I hope you have enjoyed our 8 days of Chaunkah Blogs.  Today, we wrap up with 8 Chanukah Greeatings.

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Preschool Thoughts on Chanukah

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 4:00:00 pm Comments (0)

In the past 6 days, we've written alot about Chanukah, shown you beautiful pictures and shared some wonderful recipes.  Today, in our 7th post leading up to Chanukah, please enjoy 8 of our preschool children sharing their thoughts on food, family and presents.

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More Chanunkah Recipes

Monday, November 25, 2013
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm Comments (0)

Chanukah is not just about latkes and donuts.  The is a world full of recipes for the holiday. In our sixth installment of Chanukah Blogs, here are 8 delicious recipes we found.

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8 Facts about Chanukah

Sunday, November 24, 2013
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3:00:00 pm Comments (1)

Hanukiahs, Dreidels and more.  8 Fun Facts about Chanukah plus 1 bonus.

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Traditions and Memories

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 1:00:00 pm Comments (0)

As with all holidays, Chanukah is filled with memories and traditions.  Some funny.  Some Absurd.  And some poigant. Here are 8 Chunukah memories I found around the JCC.

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Hanukiahs: The light of Hanukah!

Friday, November 22, 2013
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 1:00:00 pm Comments (0)

It's day 3 of our 8 Days of Hanukah Blogs.  We scoured the web and family pictures and we found these beautiful Hanukiahs.  Do you have a unique Hanukiah?  Share it with us.

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What's Hanukkah without Latkes?

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 3:00:00 pm Comments (0)

It is 7 days until Hanukkah and here are 8 latke recipes sure to get your mouth watering. 

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How do you spell Chanukah?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Posted by: Ken Kaus on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 3:00:00 pm Comments (0)

The holiday of Chanukah is just 8 days away.  For the next 8 days, we will be posting on our blog, lists of 8 in celebration.  In our opening post we talk about different ways to spell the holiday and give you 8 different ways to spell it.

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