It was my first week of college, and I realized very quickly that I was different than virtually all the Jewish kids I met at American University. Like so many of them, I celebrated the Jewish…holidays, went to Hebrew school, and had a bat mitzvah. But there was one major thing that separated me from the pack: I didn’t go to sleepaway camp. As I listened to my new friends play Jewish Geography and dish about their camp friendships and hook-ups, I couldn’t help but feel I was missing something… >> Read More
Attention busy parents, everywhere: There's a new Shabbat guru in town, and her name is Mila Kunis.
The actress, who is married to Ashton Kutcher and is mom to Wyatt, 4, and Dimitri, 2, recently…dished to actor/podcast host Dax Shepard about how her family always makes time to do Shabbat on Friday nights. "I love the idea of — regardless of where we are in the world, regardless of what we're doing, on Friday night, we take a minute to just acknowledge one another," she says, "to acknowledge our… >> Read More
I observe Shabbat every Friday night. Well, kind of. I mean, I try to. I’d like to. But with four kids and all the summery stuff we try to pack into three short months, it can get pretty tricky for…a busy, modestly observant family like mine. I do a much better job in the winter, when the sky darkens before I can even get in my afternoon coffee fix. Sundown just seems more prominent in the daily schedule in those dark months. During the school year, when it’s Friday evening, out comes the challah,… >> Read More
If my kids remember anything about their childhood once they’re grown, I hope they remember the pizza. In our family, Friday night is pizza night — and it’s our non-traditional version of…Shabbat dinner. Every Friday, as the week winds down and we attempt to exhale and regroup, my husband, my 7- and 10-year-old daughters and I pile into the car and drive three minutes through our small slice of suburbia to the local pizza joint. (Yes, it seems inescapably cliché to use the word “joint,” but… >> Read More
"One of my friends said to me, 'Come on, we're going to go to Wendy's for Shabbat,'" says Roberta Mahler, 87. "I said, 'Wendy's? Shabbat?' I couldn't believe this."
So begins Wendy's Shabbat, a…delightful short film about a group of elderly Jews in Palm Desert, California, who gather at the fast food restaurant every Friday night for Shabbat dinner. Directed by Rachel Myers, the charming four-minute film profiles this remarkable group that's thinking outside the bun — er, box. (Wait -- that's a Taco Bell slogan. Let's just say… >> Read More