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Posts by Stefani Chudnow

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Honest John’s

Midtown restaurant thrills with a unique menu and edgy décor. Stefani Chudnow Special to the Jewish News What makes a good bar? Is it the welcoming bartenders and a warm, unique environment? Or is it the creative drinks, a wide variety of draft beers and tasty appetizers to go on the side? To be honest,…

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Social Media and Tikkun Olam

Stefani Chudnow I’m not here to talk in depth about how social media and the internet has changed our society in every conceivable way. We already know how prevalent social media has become in the way we communicate with one another on a daily basis and accomplish basic tasks like grocery shopping or applying for…

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Hope in Light of Sorrow

Stefani Chudnow A few months ago, I set out to write my Detroit Jewish News blog to talk about issues and topics I was directly involved or interested in. I knew I wanted to write about representation in the media as well as various facets of young Jewish life, like the Birthright trip. I’d love…

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8 Tips to Take Care of Yourself After a Tragedy

These eight self-care tips will help you through a tragedy As all of you probably know, 11 members of Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Jewish community were senselessly killed by a white supremacist this past Saturday, October 27. A few days before, yet another white supremacist fatally shot two black Americans at a Kentucky grocery store. With…

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Where’s The Jewish Representation in Harry Potter? (Part 2)

Read More Observations on Jewish Representation in Harry Potter Just in case you missed my last blog post, I began a discussion about the lack of Jewish representation in the incredibly popular Harry Potter book series. I touched on the lack of overall representation in the series, how every other holiday besides Christmas is excluded…

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Where’s The Jewish Representation In Harry Potter? (Part 1)

Unlike much of the world, I didn’t read the full Harry Potter series until I was in high school. I tried reading the first two books in elementary school, but I put them down until we read the first book in ninth grade English. To say that reading these books changed my life is completely…

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4 Reasons Why A Celebrity’s Jewishness Is Meaningful to Us

Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about what I feel is a universally Jewish experience. Do you ever watch a television show or movie, a sports game, a musical or something else and wonder if a specific celebrity is Jewish? The same can go for authors of books and news articles, philanthropists, wealthy personalities,…

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Why Tony-Winning Musical The Band’s Visit Is Just That Important

Sponsored by The Lash Lounge I first became interested in Broadway musicals when I saw Wicked in 2011. I never would have imagined that one day, the Best Musical winner at the Tony Awards would be a musical based on an Israeli movie. In 2018, this became a reality with The Band’s Visit, based on…

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A Letter To Non-Jewish Teachers And Employers

For full-time jobs, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are paid days off. These holidays provide students with a break in the year to relax before going back to the usual grind of schoolwork and studying. That said, Christmas has become so integrated into American society that it’s essentially become an American holiday. As it’s now…

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4 Simple Ways For Jewish Students To Actually Enjoy College

Before high school, I always heard high school would be the best four years of my life. Before college, I was told the exact same thing. While my college years weren’t always the best, I picked up on some valuable tips that I would’ve liked to have known beforehand. 1. Utilize your college Hillel. For…

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