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.
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.
I like to think of myself as open-minded. I will try most things (that don’t involve throwing myself out of an airplane or food that is too strange), and I work hard to withhold judgment about people, things, or places. I know, however, that this isn’t always easy.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a big Oprah Winfrey fan. From Oprah’s Book Club to the Oprah Winfrey Network to O Magazine — I am all about “living my best life.” I made a vision board. I sobbed without shame when I learned that her show would be cancelled.
Walking by the seasonal decorations already set up at stores around Jackson, I was quickly drawn into the glitz and glimmer of the holiday shopping season. With a new baby in the family, I’ve got a few wish lists to manage, and time is always of the essence.
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.
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.
When it comes to technology … I’m not exactly a prodigy. I silently cheer when my computer turns on without any glitches, and I have a mild panic attack when any warning signal flashes across my screen. That is why I am the last person you would ever expect to decide to attempt going to school online.
In honor of Jewish Book month, each ISJL Education Fellow submitted a list of his or her favorite Jewish authors for your enjoyment. Who knows, maybe one of theirs is your favorite, too!
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.