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On the Jewish food scene: “Roadkill and cardboard" by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

“Roadkill and cardboard” was how someone described gefilte fish and matzah when she was a guest at her first seder. I know many people who agree with her description, at least when it comes to gefilte fish. Some people see it as a gross lump that doesn’t deser…

Jewish resources to occupy your family while self-distancing

A variety of Jewish groups are offering online resources – educations and recreational – for those who are not allowed out of the house. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter publish additions listings as they become available.
 
The National Museum of American Jewish history is …

On the Jewish food scene: Thoughts on noodles and potatoes

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

When I was a child, noodle kugel was the ultimate comfort food. In fact, I didn’t realize there was any other kind of kugel until I was far into my adult years. Certainly no other kugel ever appeared on our dinner table. In fact, it’s still difficult for me to t…

Bess Greenberg’s driving force: rhythm by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

On her website, www.KidBess.com, Bess Greenberg describes herself as a “professional basketball player turned documentary photographer, turned curator, turned visual artist, turned musician.” What do all these different activities have in common? During an e-mai…

On the Jewish food scene: The good cookie by Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Confession time: I can live without hamantashen. Yes, I tend to scarf down as many of them on Purim as anyone else, but they are far from my favorite cookie. One problem is that there is usually too much dough and too little filling for my taste. I do prefer those with fruit fillings, rather…