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Annual Purim Ball

Join us for exclusive Purim Ball that raise vital funds for the Museum’s exhibitions and programs. These festive events are not to be missed. The 35th Annual Purim Ball will take place WEDNESDAY, FEBRAURY 24, 2021, at 7:30 PM EST. This year's ball will be a virtual gala. HONOREES Shari and Jeff Aronson Jonathan Horowitz MAYER SULZBERGER AWARD The Jewish Museum's Essential Staff CO-CHAIRS Meg and Bennett Goodman Stacey and Curtis Lane Nancy and Morris W. Offit Tracey and Robert Pruzan Harriet and Leonard Schleifer For information, please contact Melissa Mundy at PurimBall@dsconsultinggroup.com.


My Jewish Learning on Zoom

As the coronavirus pandemic forces many of us into our homes, new opportunities are being created every day to connect virtually. Welcome to MJL’s Hub. The Hub is a space that includes daily information about live content from all 70 Faces Media publications, including My Jewish Learning, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Kveller, Alma, and The Nosher, in addition to a wide spectrum of other great online Jewish events. Our hope is that the Hub will connect people with some of the incredible learning opportunities now accessible across the globe. All times are ET (Eastern Time).


Yivo Virtual Jewish Food

Join us for an exploration into the heart of Jewish food, with an emphasis on the Ashkenazi table. This course features hundreds of never-before-seen archival objects, lectures by leading scholars, and video demonstrations of your favorite Jewish recipes by renowned chefs. Discover how the essence of Jewish food has remained constant even as the recipes have evolved and changed with the migration of Jews around the world


My Jewish Learning Cooking Classes

My Jewish Learning is all about empowering Jewish discovery for anyone interested in learning more. We offer thousands of articles, videos and other resources to help you navigate all aspects of Judaism and Jewish life — from food to history to beliefs and practices. This site now offers over 20 Jewish cooking videos so that you can learn how to make traditional Jewish and Israeli dishes like shakshuka, kugel, haroset, challah, and more!


Jewish LIVE

<p class="">In early March of 2020, as one Jewish event after another was suddenly being cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the team behind the Judaism Unbound podcast realized that we were about to experience months in which not one in-person Jewish event would take place. And many events that would have been in person—ranging from synagogue services to large conferences—would have to migrate to the digital landscape to which we migrated some years ago. And we knew that physical distancing would bring loneliness and a sense of social isolation for many people.</p> <p class="">We also saw that this situation created an opportunity for many Jews, and non-Jews, to connect to Jewish experiences that they might have been intimidated to join in person. And it created many other opportunities: to find commonality and community across distance; to create experiences for others; to re-think elements of Jewish life that may not have been working so well before but that had inertia.</p> <p class="">We thought that we could help by creating a port of entry into live Jewish events in cyberspace. Think of jewishLIVE as the international airport or as the Grand Central Station serving the new land of online Judaism.</p> <p class="">Our mission is to help you find what you’re looking for and get you there quickly. This web site combines a calendar events with beaming from “Star Trek” because if you discover that something is happening right now, you can just go there in a single click!</p>


Israeli Day Parade

<div class="tribe-events-single-event-description tribe-events-content"> What began as a few thousands walking down Riverside Drive, NY in honor of the youthful State of Israel in 1965 has today become a massive parade of roughly 30,000 participants marching down Fifth Avenue in celebration and solidarity. </div>


American Sephardic Music Festival

World class musicians perform dynamic and diverse musical numbers at this event hosted by the American Sephardi Federation and directed by David Serero. The Festival takes place over the course of three days at The Center for the Jewish History in New York City.

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World Jewish Travel Official May 17, 2021

6 Iconic Sites That Celebrate Jewish American Heritage

With 7.6 million Jews currently living in America, it is no wonder that the country must be filled with Jewish culture, heritage, and history. Jews have contributed to American society throughout the colonial period, the height of 20th century immigration, and continue to thrive today.  While there are endless locations in the United States that serve delicious matzo-ball soup or celebrate Jewish culture, in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, we are sharing 6 Iconic Sites that Celebrate Jewish American Heritage.  Lower East Side Tenement Museum Have you ever wondered about what life was like for immigrants in the 20th century? Experience if for yourself at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum! Located at 97 and 103 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, the museum is truly a National Historic Site. The Museum's two historical tenement buildings were home to an estimated 15,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 2011. This museum depicts the lives of the previous immigrant tenants and includes restored apartments and shops open daily for public tours, a documentary film, tours with costumed interpreters portraying the building's former residents, tastings of their communities' typical foods, and neighborhood walks. The museum also has an extensive collection of educational programs promoting tolerance and historical perspective on the immigrant experience. Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island  Built in 1763, Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, is the oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States. It also happens to be the only surviving synagogue building in the U.S. dating to the colonial era, and the oldest surviving Jewish synagogue building in North America. In 1946, it was declared a National Historic Site. The first congregation was made up of Sephardic Jews, who are believed to have come via the West Indies, where they participated in the triangular trade along with Dutch and English settlements.  Today, the Touro Synagogue offers prayer services on the Sabbath and is open to visitors through tours. The synagogue also offers exhibits and education about Jewish life in Colonial America.  Katz’s Delicatessen, New York's Lower East Side Katz's Delicatessen, originally named Iceland Brothers in name of the founders, opened in 1888. Only in 1910 was the deli officially bought out and renamed. This delicatessen served the Lower East side throughout the earlier part of the twentieth century, a time when the area was home to millions of newly immigrated families. At the time, Katz’s was a focal point for congregating. Today, the now famous spread on the delectable sandwiches, platters, and meats at Katz's brings thousands of visitors from around the world weekly. The deli prides itself on having the best cuts of beef and other fine foods and are also free of chemicals or additives. The deli's finished products can take up to 30 days to cure, unlike commercially prepared corned beef that is often pressure-injected in just 36 hours. Sherith Israel, San Francisco, California Established during America’s Gold Rush period, Congregation Sherith Israel is one of the oldest synagogues in the United States. It’s history began in 1849 when young, Jewish pioneers from around the world gathered for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Despite the lack of a building, rabbi, or Torah, the pioneers worshiped together again during Passover and the High Holy Days in 1850. They also formed societies to aid the needy and bought land for a cemetery. In 1851, the permanent congregation was built.  Today, Sherith Israel is a congregation widely known for its innovative approach to worship and lifecycle celebrations and is part of the movement of Reform Judaism. It’s historic sanctuary building is one of San Francisco's most prominent architectural landmarks and attracts visitors from all over the world. [caption id="attachment_22869" align="alignnone" width="640"] Sanfranman59, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is a Smithsonian-affiliated museum founded in 1976. Professor Jonathan Sarna of Brandeis University led the development of the core exhibit for the museum. The museum collections include over 30,000 objects that range from the Colonial period to the present day.  Exhibits at the museum focus on the lives and experiences of Jews in America. There have also been past exhibitions centering on famous Jewish-Americans, such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Leonard Bernstein.  Beyond My Ken, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons Canter’s Deli, Los Angeles, California After moving from its original location that was founded in 1931, Canter's Deli is a Jewish-style delicatessen in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, California. It has been frequented by many notable movie stars and celebrities. The restaurant has continued to serve traditional food items, including: lox and bagels, corned beef, matzoh ball soup, and challah bread. Canter's has remained open 24/7, except on the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Note: Canter's Deli is not certified kosher, as it is open on Saturdays and offers many non-kosher menu items. [caption id="attachment_22867" align="alignnone" width="640"] ChildofMidnight at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]  

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World Jewish Travel Official February 18, 2021

Purim Foods and Recipes

The most commonly known Purim food is the hamantaschen (Yiddish for “Haman’s pockets”), also known in Hebrew as oznay Haman, meaning “Haman’s ears.” These delicious triangular pocket cookies have Ashkenazi roots and are often filled with prune jam, chocolate chips, berries, and apricot filling. In addition to hamantaschens, there are several other purim foods such as the extensively braided Purim challah, known as keylitsh, which is a reminder of the braided rope used to hang Haman. Kreplach, another purim food, is commonly eaten whenever a “beating” takes place. Though these beatings are uncommon in modern times, they traditionally took place before Yom Kippur, on Hoshanah Rabbah, and on Purim when Haman was beaten. During purim, it is also common to eat bean dishes such as salted boiled beans or chickpeas. This tradition reminds us of the many beans and peas Esther ate at the court of King Ahashuerus because she would not eat unkosher foods. Nosher, by My Jewish Learning, offers a variety of unique hamantaschen and purim recipes. Whether you prefer a classic hamantaschen or want to spice yours up with sprinkles, chocolate, and creme filling, there's a recipe for everyone! Purim Recipes Hamantaschen Cannoli Hamantaschen Rocky Road Hamantaschen Chocolate and Sprinkles Dipped Hamantaschen Milk and Cereal Hamantaschen Triple Chocolate Hamantaschen Rosewater and Pistachio Hamantaschen Tagalog Hamantaschen Rice Krispies Treats Hamantaschen Speculoos Hamantaschen Coconut Cheesecake Hamantaschen Chocolate Hamantaschen With Irish Creme Filling Fassoulyeh b’chuderah [caption id="attachment_22245" align="alignnone" width="640"] Red lentil soup with tomatoes and lemon close up horizontal. top view[/caption] Kreplach Debla Candy Infused Vodka [caption id="attachment_22246" align="alignnone" width="640"] Cocktails in copper and silver cups, Moscow Mule, Martini and Cosmopolitan.[/caption] Link to original article printed on MyJewishLearning: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/purim-foods/

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World Jewish Travel Official January 6, 2020

New York’s Hidden Jewish Gems

New York, New York- a city that doesn't sleep, as Frank Sinatra calls it. The opportunities of what to do are far from few, many of which you might not have known existed! New York has many cultural Jewish gems– some obvious, some tasty, and some hidden to only the most observant and curious. Go: explore and discover the city of immigrants, food, and history. We promise you won’t be disappointed.   Lower East Side Conservancy New York’s Lower East Side was once the place to be for new arrivals to America, being both its most famous immigrant neighborhood and the birthplace of the American-Jewish community. It’s a living, breathing historical and cultural Jewish gem, and still boasts an active community today. The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy is an organization which preserves, shares, and celebrates this heritage across the 32-blocks, designated as a historic district. You’ll be hard pressed not to find what you’re looking for- there are numerous synagogues, restaurants, and museums to keep everyone happy and interested.           Hebrew Free Burial Association What do Mel Brooks’ grandparents and Jewish inmates of Rikers Island have in common? Both have been buried by the Hebrew Free Burial Association (HFBA). As its name suggests, the HFBA bury Jewish New Yorkers for free; it’s the largest free burial society outside of Israel. The organization is cross-denominational, working to ensure that recently deceased Jews of all persuasions are given a full Jewish burial, in line with Jewish law. The HFBA is a reflection of modern 20th-century history, burying mainly locals from the immigrant and current community. They’ve also buried Jewish victims of World War II, and the Spanish American War, shipping bodies back from as far away as Manila and New Guinea.     Tenement Museum   While not strictly a ‘hidden’ gem, the Tenement Museum is still a fascinating insight into Jewish new Yorker lifestyles. The action takes place on the Lower East Side (you’re beginning to see a theme here, right?), or 97 Orchard Street, to be precise, which was home to a mind-boggling 7000 working class immigrants. Visitors can go on a guided tour around the building and around the neighborhood, recreating 19th-20th-century immigrant life.  There are also a range of other activities, known as ‘Tenement Talks’: free readings, discussions, performances, and screenings about  New York's history, population, and culture.       Congregation Ohab Zeded   Known formally as ‘The First Hungarian Congregation Ohab Zedek’, the synagogue has, like most of its congregants, schlepped to various places across the city: established on the Lower East Side, before moving to Norfolk Street, then Harlem, it has settled (and stayed put) at its current location (118 West 95th Street). Harking back to other areas of Jewish history (and entry of our blog! poss link here to ‘Spain quarters’ blog), it is built in a striking Spanish-Moorish style. On an important side-note, it’s also well-known for attracting large numbers of Orthodox Jewish singles. They say Orthodox Jewish dating in New York is tricky, alas here’s the solution!       Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery It would be impossible to use ‘Jews’ and ‘New York’ in one breath without coming to the obvious common denominator– food! With the slogan, ‘One world. One taste. One knish. That’s it!’ and the claim to produce ‘The World’s Finest Knishes’, Yonah Schimmel’s knishes are something that you just have to try for yourself. He has perfected his knishes since opening in 1910. What are knishes you ask? They’re a fried roll of dough, stuffed with various fillings – such as meat, kasha, or potato. We recommend you discover them for yourself.       Congregation Shearith Israel Although we usually associate Jewish New York with typically Ashkenazi things, such as bagels and Woody Allen, it turns out that the first Jews in New York were actually Sephardim (yes, we are being serious)! Congregation Shearith Israel (also known as ‘The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue’) is the oldest in the US, dating back to 1654. Like the Sephardim, the congregation was forced to migrate around New York, before finally settling in its present-day West 70th Street location. It’s also the official birthplace of the Orthodox Union (and the infamous OU logo). For its history and some of its famous members (including three gunsa macher Judges), this synagogue begs a visit.         Triangle Fire The deadliest disaster to strike New York until the 9/11 attacks 90 years later, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster is important for many reasons. The Brown Building stands as a monument to the 146 Jewish and Italian immigrants killed by a massive fire and locked doors, and is both a National Historic Landmark and a New York City Landmark. Most of the Jewish victims were buried in the Hebrew Free Burial Cemetery (another entry on our list) with tombstones referring to the fire. For a modern memorial, time your visit with ‘Chalk’, an annual project by local New York filmmaker Ruth Sergel, where local artists walk across the city, chalking the names and ages of the victims onto their former homes.   Guss’ Pickles  Much like his pickles, Guss’ backstory makes for a vibrant, and enticing read. Izzy Guss arrived from Europe over 100 years ago, selling pickles ‘old country’ style from his, now legendary, pickle stand in the Lower East Side. His pickles have become a symbol of New York itself according to the official slogan, ‘Imitated but never duplicated’. They’re one of a kind, and are indeed world famous – they’re now even available in supermarkets. For the real deal and to sample delights such as the Guss Sour, Guss Sour Tomato, or even the Guss Sauerkraut, visit the original site, for a pickle ‘prepared with love like in the good old days’.           Spanish Portuguese Cemeteries Three hidden away Jewish cemeteries, one tucked behind a block of condos in the middle of Manhattan; the other two further downtown, are the legacy of North America’s oldest Jewish congregation, Shearith Israel (also featured on our list). The first, in Chinatown, is the oldest Jewish cemetery in North America and hosts the final resting places of 22 American Revolution veterans and the first American-born rabbi. The second, amongst Greenwich Village townhouses, still has twenty headstones standing. The third cemetery is just off 21st and 6th Avenue, with 250 graves (some still legible), and is perhaps the most picturesque and evocative of a bygone era.           Emma Lazarus plaque, Battery Park Battery Park is synonymous with New York’s immigrant past, but did you know that this impression is largely due to a plaque inscribed on Lady Liberty? Emma Lazarus, a famous American-Jewish poet, wrote her 1883 sonnet ‘The New Colossus’, to celebrate America as the land of freedom and destination for the ‘huddled masses yearning to be free’– amongst them, her fellow Jews. Part of the poem is inscribed and mounted onto the Statue of Liberty, dedicated in 1955 to New York City. As if that wasn’t Jewish enough, the plaque itself is set in a stone gifted from the State of Israel to the Sisterhood of the Spanish and Portuguese synagogues (another entry on our list).

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"Scola Italia" is one of the 5 synagogues in Venice, Italy🇮🇹 che bello!? 😍
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🕍 🇮🇹 The Italian Synagogue 🇮🇹 🕍 dates back to 1575 and was originally built as a ‘clandestine synagogue’ . It is one of the 5 synagogues located inside the Venetian ghetto - which you can visit through the Venice Jewish Museum (Museo Ebraico). Do you know of any other places worth a visit in the Venice ghetto? Tell us in the comments below!
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🍽 🇮🇹 Visiting Venice and looking for a good place to eat?🇮🇹 🍽 Don’t miss out on Gam Gam in the old/vecchio ghetto. And make sure you try their diverse menu offerings, ranging from Mediterranean Middle Eastern foods, to traditional Italian and Spanish dishes.
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📅 🇮🇹 Venice in hustling and bustling with the Venetian ghetto’s 500 years commemoration events taking place throughout 2016.🇮🇹 📅 Check out the newly restored Jewish Museum for high quality exhibits overflowing with the rich history of the Jews in Venice! Planning a trip to the city of love and gondolas? Check out our new eBook ‘A Journey Through the Venetian Ghetto’ to discover the best happenings while you’re there! (link in bio)
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🎡 🇮🇹 Did you know? 🇮🇹 🎡 The Ghetto's main entrance gates still surround the Jewish Ghetto, a real-life testament to the life-in-containment once lived by the community . Discover many more hidden gems inside the Venetian ghetto with our new eBook (link in bio)
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🍽 🇮🇹 Visiting Venice and looking for a good place to eat?🇮🇹 🍽 Don’t miss out Ristorante Ghimel in the nuovo (new) ghetto. And make sure you try their flagship dish - their herb=infused fish is a local favorite!
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🎡 🇮🇹 Did you know? 🇮🇹 🎡 Since 1953, the Jewish Museum has offered an extensive, treasure-trove display of historical documents and artifacts, which offer a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Venetian Jewish community.

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