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From the Home Kitchen of Chef Aaron: Blintzes from 1918

Chef Aaron Egan shares a Cheese Blintzes recipe from "The International Jewish Cook Book," published in 1918.
Rabbi Asher Lopatin, Rev. Ken Flowers (Greater New Mt. Moriah), Luke Moon (Philos Project), Adar Rubin, Ashira Solomon (JCRC/AJC).

Faces & Places: Shine a Light on Antisemitism

Executive Coalition for Black and Jewish Unity member Jennifer Lewis stressed the importance of unity among the Black and Jewish communities.
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Society For Humanistic Judaism Receives Grant From the Simon Foundation to Launch Michigan Programming

The Donald R. and Esther Simon Foundation has awarded a grant to the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ) to expand its Jews for a Secular Democracy social justice initiative by piloting a state-specific program in Michigan. 
Woodward Avenue Shul's Soup and Study Program

Woodward Avenue Shul Offers ‘Soup and Study’ Program During the Winter

Rabbi Mendel Polter says the goal for the program’s length was at least for the duration of the Book of Exodus, taking it week-by-week to see how it goes and, if it kicked off, it would continue and, if not, that would be fine.
Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker is being held hostage along with reportedly three congregants inside Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, Jan. 15, 2022.

‘Quite Simply a Mensch’: Meet Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, Freed After Hostage Crisis at His...

Cytron-Walker is the only full-time rabbi that Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, has ever had.
SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, Jan. 15, 2022.

Synagogue Hostages Safe; Local Rabbis Praise Texas Rabbi  

Because of his Michigan ties, Cytron-Walker has connections with many rabbis in Metro Detroit and Lansing.  
Texas Christian University professor Adam McKinney, upper left, organized an online vigil in support of Congregation Beth Israel of Colleyville, Texas, where an attacker took several congregants hostage, Jan. 15, 2022.

As Colleyville Synagogue Hostage Crisis Unfolds, Jews Turn to Prayers Designed for Moments of...

“What is the right prayer for people in peril?” one person asked on Twitter. Many responses were offered up Saturday night.
Mark Schlissel

University of Michigan Removes Schlissel as School President for Inappropriate Relationship with Employee

Former University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has been appointed interim president.
SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, Jan. 15, 2022.

All Texas Synagogue Hostages ‘Out Alive and Safe’ After Harrowing 12-Hour Standoff, Suspect is...

The hostage-taker was reportedly seeking the release of a Pakistani woman serving 86 years for an attack on American military personnel.

Yiddish Limerick: Tu b’Shevat

Rachel Kapen provides a Yiddish Limerick for Tu b'Shevat.
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Opinion: Should We Be Concerned About Our Democracy?

Jewish thought leaders respond to the question.
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A Look at Israel: 2022

Israel’s Energy Minister Karine Elharrar has announced that 2022 will be the year of renewable energy. 
Temple Israel’s Brotherhood and Sisterhood members

Faces & Places: Temple Israel Feeds the Homeless

Throughout the week, volunteers of all ages came together to prepare and package more than 900 meals for the South Oakland Shelter.
At Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, California, congregants can sit inside the sanctuary, in an adjacent outdoor space, or attend virtually on Zoom.

Synagogues Face Tough COVID Questions (Again) as Omicron Surges

Congregations that had returned to in-person services have taken a range of approaches to the spiking case counts, and decreased severity, of the omicron variant.
Irv Bluestone (left) and Doug Fraser, UAW President, c. 1979.

Looking Back: A Legendary Labor Leader

Irv Bluestone was a mensch of the highest order, greatly respected and well-liked by rank-and-file union members as well as by corporation leaders.
Parting the Sea

A Word of Torah: The Power of Ruach

Just as ruach, a physical wind, can part waters and expose land beneath, so ruach, the human spirit, can expose, beneath the surface of a story, a deeper meaning beneath.