Giving Gelt: Starting A Family Giving Circle This Season (Part 1)

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Thanksgiving 2015: We had a full house down here in Jackson, Mississippi, with all of our kids home for the holiday.  It was wonderful to spend quality time talking about college, internships, school and all of the activities everyone’s engaged in these days. And of course, we talked about the next holiday around the corner: Hanukkah.

Posted on December 1, 2015

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Road Trip Podcast Pick: A Southern Jewish Food Episode You’ll Love

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Many of you will be hitting the roads for holiday travel this time of year, and will have ample time to catch up on your podcasts. If you are like me, and have exhausted the archives all your old favorites and are looking for something new to keep you going on our next trip, I’d like to recommend Gravy by our friends at the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Posted on November 30, 2015

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Why I Love Black Friday (And Yes, I’m Out Shopping)

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Black Friday gets kind of a bad reputation these days. Especially with some stores making employees work on Thanksgiving Thursday for “Pre-Black-Friday” sales, some shoppers behaving badly, valid concerns over placing materialism above family moments — yes, there’s a lot to critique. But following the Thanksgiving celebration, I personally have a pretty meaningful Black Friday experience each year … an experience that not only kicks off my holiday season, but also reminds me of some important Jewish values.

Posted on November 17, 2015

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Stirring Up Memories of Jewish Life in Jackson, Tennessee


If you lived in Jackson, Tennessee, in the 1950s, a trip downtown was a treat — especially if you were a Jewish girl, inspired by the classy and savvy Jewish women who were our role models. Jewish life and the Jackson social scene were deeply intertwined. Some of the civic leaders of Jackson were also women who took prominent leadership roles at Congregation B’nai Israel.

Posted on November 12, 2015

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The Catholic Mentsch Teaching Jewish Sunday School in the Mississippi Delta


News flash: In Greenwood, Mississippi, Jewish religious school has officially been deemed “cool.” And it’s thanks in large part to someone you may find surprising.

Posted on November 3, 2015

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