Miscellaneous Features

New in books: Kalaniot Books to release two new children’s books in August

Kalaniot Books announced that it will release two new children’s picture books for fall 2023:

  • “How to Welcome an Alien” written by Rebecca Klempner and illustrated by Shirley Waisman (Release date: August 1)

Klempner tells the story of what happens when a friendly alien famil…

Jewish Online Resources 7/28/23

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. 
Maven will hold the virtual “Tour Global Jewish Life: Amsterdam” on Thursday, …

Jewish Baseball Players: Yentl at the bat, part 3: Jewish women & baseball

In the male-dominated world of baseball, Rebecca Alpert is an outsider. Amongst the first to be ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Dr. Alpert, professor of religion emerita and former department chairwoman at Temple University, has grappled with questions of Jewish identit…

Jewish Baseball Players: Yentl at the Bat, Part II: Jewish women & baseball

By Bill Simons

Jane Leavy is the pre-eminent Jewish baseball biographer. Her biographies of three of baseball’s most iconic figures – “Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy” (2002), “The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created” (2018) and “The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the …

On the Jewish food scene: My mom and watermelon

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

When I was very young, I thought bread only had three corners because my mom would cut off one of the corners and eat it. OK, she didn’t always do that, but often enough for me to remember. (And, yes, it became a family joke.) She also never understood how anyone…