New TI rabbi seeks to build connections and share the Torah’s wisdom

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Some children know their life path from an early age. That is certainly true of Rabbi Micah R. Friedman, the new spiritual leader of Temple Israel. “I first considered becoming a rabbi when I was a child sitting in a Torah study class in my family’s synagogue in…

On the Jewish food scene: The joys of the Jewish deli

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

(All graphics are by Ben Nadler from “The Jewish Deli: An Illustrated Guide to the Chosen Food,” published by Chronicle Books and used with the permission of the publisher.)


I remember the last time I ate at a real Jewish deli. It was 1976: my mom and I we…

Off the Shelf: Exploring the stories of biblical women

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

There has been an explosion of midrash – stories that explain or amplify the tales found in the Bible – particularly ones that focus on the voices of biblical women. As Rabbi Marla J. Feldman notes in “Biblical Women Speak: Hearing Their Voices Through New an…

On the Jewish food scene: Kosher pork

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

That headline got your attention, didn’t it? Well, the teaser in the e-mail, “Kosher certified pork-flavored potato chips to be discontinued,” certainly got mine. The Orthodox Union revoked its certification after receiving complaints about a product that fea…

Jewish Online Resources 8/25/23

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. 

Qesher will hold the following virtual programs, all of which take place at 3 pm:…