Jewish Online Resources 12/1/23

By Reporter staff

A variety of Jewish groups are offering educational and recreational online resources. Below is a sampling of those. The Reporter will publish additional listings as they become available. 

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute will hold the hybrid program “Jewish Women’s …

On the Jewish food scene: Chocolate: a traditional Hanukkah food?

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

When we think about the traditional foods usually eaten on Hanukkah, we mostly concentrate on fried foods. After all, the miracle of the holiday – the vial of oil lasting eight days – focuses on oil. While fried foods might not be considered healthy, they are a …

Rosenberg edits Alcott’s essays on “A Strange Life”

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Liz Rosenberg has been a fan of Louisa May Alcott for more than 50 years. That’s one of the reasons she wrote the middle grade biography of the author “Scribbles, Sorrows, and Russet Leather Boots: The Life of Louisa May Alcott,” which was published in 2021. B…

Jewish Baseball Players: Jewish baseball roundup 2023, part II

By Bill Simons

Israel provided bookends for Jewish baseball 2023. Euphoria accompanied its beginning when Team Israel, largely composed of American Jews, won its premier World Baseball Classic game on March 12, staging a dramatic rally to top Nicaragua 3-1. Nonetheless, three consecutive l…

Off the Shelf: Great gifts for Hanukkah: books for tweens/teens

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

It should come as no surprise that I think books make great gifts. In my mind, the perfect Hanukkah gift for a Jewish tween/teen is a book featuring – drum role here – a Jewish tween/teen! I’m just saying that if you do eight nights of gifts, at least one nig…