My son’s bar mitzvah has to be postponed due to Covid-19

(This article originally appeared in the J-weekly Mixed and Matched column.) Dear Dawn: My son Joey’s bar mitzvah was scheduled for June of this year and now it can’t happen as planned. Our synagogue is closed. Some of my son’s peers are having a Zoom bar mitzvah on their scheduled date and planning to have…

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No Jewish Summer Camp in 2020

(JCC Maccabi Sports Camp from Camp Collective website) Right about now I would be making suggestions and referrals to Jewish summer camps – day camps and sleep over camps. But one by one the camps are announcing their closure for this season due to COVID-19.  It is terribly sad and disappointing for kids and their…

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A Meditation for Passover & this Time

Rabbi Ryan Bauer of Congregation Emanu-el in San Francisco sent out this loving message to his congregation. He included a link to a meditation that many of us could use. Take a moment to read his message and if you have 15 minutes, do the meditation with him.   Dear Friends, My main childhood memory…

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Late Minute Decadent Passover Dessert

There’s a popular Passover dessert that is basically English toffee poured over matzah crackers. You can see one of my friend’s recipes here.  But if you’ve been consuming matzah for most of the evening you may prefer your English toffee as just plain toffee. For decades I’ve used the recipe in The Joy of Cooking….

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Published on April 8th, 2020

Need a Virtual Seder?

You’re sheltering in place – GOOD! But you are alone or you have never led a Seder before or you just want some Passover company!  The J-weekly has created a calendar of Passover activities, including Virtual Seders. You can find that page here. There are other local virtual Seders that aren’t on the list. Here…

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“Doing Jewish” Online

What’s happening online in Jewish life? Jewish community everywhere is turning to the internet to be socially connected while we are socially distancing. Here are some examples. My Jewish Learning has a calendar of their events here. Anyone can join in. Most synagogues have gone to online services and classes. For example, Temple Isaiah in…

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