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About Meredith Kesner Lewis

Meredith Lewis is the Director of Operations at MyJewishLearning.com. Meredith holds an MA in Hebrew and Judaic studies and an MPA in non-profit finance from New York University. She also received a BS in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Meredith has served as an advisor for United Synagogue Youth in the Westchester and Rockland Counties area as well as an education consultant.

RSS Feed Update

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Look to the left.

May have to look up a little bit.

See that column called “New on MyJewishLearning?”

Those are–not surprisingly–new articles on our site. We’d like you to read them.

But let’s say you need to know now what’s new on the site. You’re sitting in front of your computer, waiting with bated breath, to see what we just published.

You’re in luck.

Our newly revised Now on MJL RSS feed posts articles as soon as we publish them.

To sign up, just click on that cute little orange box in the url bar and chose the Now on MJL feed (I’m assuming all of your good folks already RSS our blog). Or click here.

You can then add it to your favorite RSS reader (Google Reader is the MJL fav).

Happy RSSing.

Posted on May 12, 2009

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How Long Before This Hits Monsey?

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OzoneClean uses the highest, yet safe, level of ozone needed for sterilization to create the world’s first Wig Purifier.

Apparently, 10 minutes in the $367 OzoneClean Wig Purifier will rid your wig of all germs, bacteria and odors that tend to get trapped from everyday use.



Ht: Gizmodo

Posted on May 12, 2009

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Conservative Rabbi to Have Official Policy Role

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Nearly two years ago, after the creation of Hechsher Tzedek (now Magen Tzedek), I blogged about United Synagogue’s need for a policy office in Washington, DC.

This was of course before the economy collapsed and Jewish institutions, including those of the Conservative Movement, were forced to slash budgets.

So it’s surprising and refreshing to see that Rabbi Jack Moline of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia has been appointed to be the public policy director for the Rabbinical Assembly. (It should be noted that he is the representative for the RA–the Conservative rabbinic group, not the United Synagogue of America, the congregational arm.)

Moline has been lobbying for a movement presence in DC for a while, and he’s no stranger to the Beltway political arena.

The Jewish Week asks: Why, after all this time and all Moline’s nudging, did Conservative leaders decide to take the plunge?

“The change in leadership in the RA brings with it a slightly different perspective,” Moline said. In November the group appointed Rabbi Julie Schonfeld as its new executive director. (MORE)

It might seem like a small step, but as Jewish management consultant Jacob Ukeles has said about USCJ, “Change has been glacially slow.”

Maybe the ice is melting.

Posted on May 4, 2009

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Not all Nazi Jokes are Funny

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I’ve openly blogged about Holocaust humor and my acceptance of it on this site.

So don’t get me wrong when I say I was a bit taken a back at this video from Andy Samberg, promoting the upcoming MTV Music Awards.It just seems a bit unusual coming from a channel and site that has also put out a movie which has celebrities reading stories from the diaries of young people who experienced firsthand the terror of daily life during the Holocaust:

Plus the Samberg clip isn’t funny. And that’s the most offensive kind of Holocaust humor.

Posted on May 4, 2009

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Goodbye Firepoppers.

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Sad news from the NY kosher front. Dougie’s Express, the last Dougie’s in Manhattan is closed as of today.

And while my taste buds are in mourning, I think my small and large intestine are secretly cheering.

Posted on May 4, 2009

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Joan Nathan: My Stomach Salutes You

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If you peruse the recipe index on our site, you’ll find a number of articles by Joan Nathan. Over the years she has become, arguably, the foremost Jewish cookbook author.

Today marks the anniversary of her receiving a lifetime achievement from Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.

You can learn more about this master chef in this article, part of our series from the Jewish Women’s Archive‘s This Week in History project.

Posted on April 30, 2009

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Every Nebbishy Boy’s Dream

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Israel is a Jewish state. There are all types of Jews there. In explaining the nature of the state, someone once told me, “Everyone is Jewish. The police are Jewish. And even the prostitutes they arrest are Jewish.”

Maybe that looks something like this:

Posted on April 28, 2009

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We Remember

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When one speaks about Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, almost always the first thing mentioned is the the two-minute siren that blasts through the country. All people stop what they are doing, whether on the street driving, shopping, or just going about their daily business to stand in silence.

This video from Jewlicious, shot today in Israel, captures that moment at the Machane Yehuda shuk:

Posted on April 28, 2009

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Cater Waiter for Seder

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As MJL’s resident expert on Gossip Girl, it’s my obligation to report on last night’s episode “Seder Anything.” According to my last report, the acclaimed but under-watched CW-show had no Jewish characters.

So why would they be hosting a Passover Seder? Over the past season, Blair’s mother has married Cyrus Rose–a short, bald Jewish lawyer. Way to not be stereotypical.

And so the Waldorf-Rose celebration last night contained some of the most memorable seder moments ever heard on prime time TV:

Best Line Eleanor Waldorf: “I don’t even know how to say half the words in this prayer book named after Joe Lieberman’s wife.”
Dan: She’s Hadassah. This is a Haggadah.

Best nickname Dan is known as the “Cater Waiter for Seder” when takes a job at a catering company to help foot the bill for Yale and ends up serving his own parents.

Best Medieval History shout-out When Gabriel, a man Serena might have accidentally married on her recent vacation to Spain, arrives at seder, Gossip Girl tells us of the upcoming “Spanish Inquisition.”

Best Gratuitous Use of Hebrew The narrator signs out “Shalom, Gossip Girl.”

Best depiction of the truth Eleanor Waldorf is so confused that after 45 minutes, they haven’t eaten a thing.

Posted on April 21, 2009

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The 11th Plague: Genital Warts

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This almost made my stomach as queezy as eight days of matzah:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c
Dirty Bird Special
thedailyshow.com

Posted on April 11, 2009

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