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12/4/2020: Shababababa!

Friday, December 4 A way for multi-generational families, even those in different cities, to connect during the COVID-19 pandemic!   Join Rabbi Adelson over Zoom for Shababababa! Put the chicken in the pot, sing Lekha Dodi, and do kiddush together at 5:15pm on December 4.   Grab a cup of grape juice and a bite […]

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Kadima Kinnus

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12/6/2020: Lotta Latkes

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Derekh Hilkhot Hanukah: Exploring the Laws of Hanukkah in the Shulhan Arukh

Monday, December 7, 2020 7:30 p.m. Join Rabbi Jeremy Markiz as we review the laws of hanukkah. Where do you put your menorah? When do you light it? How many candles do you use? Together we'll learn all the details. Check out the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/739542863323216/ Meeting ID: 886 3324 4824 Passcode: 236164 One […]

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Why Celebrate Baruch Spinoza’s Birthday November 24th? Originally Published November 25-28, 2020.

Baruch Spinoza was born in 1632 to a Portuguese Sephardi family living in Amsterdam, and would become one of the earliest philosophers of the Enlightenment. He is well worth celebrating on his birthday, though not without controversy. Raised in the Amsterdam Jewish community, Spinoza had to stop his studies of Talmud to join the family […]

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What Is Kiddush Levanah? Originally Published November 20-21, 2020.

There is a Yiddish song, “Sheyn Vi Di Levone,” “Nice Like the Moon,” and your correspondent has been singing it (the Lainie Kazan version) since learning about Kiddush Levanah.  One is a love song, and the other is an ancient practice. In terms of the religious practice, we recite Kiddush Levanah every month as the […]

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What U.S. Supreme Court Justice Descended from Rabbis? Originally Published November 13-14, 2020.

For at least three centuries, members of the Frankfurter family had been rabbis.  Yet, after Felix Frankfurter’s father Samuel visited the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, he decided to move the family to America (to the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and he became a fur trader.  Young Felix had been born in Vienna, Austria, […]

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Derekh Interviews Councilor Peter Svarzbein

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 7:30 p.m. Please join us for an interview with El Paso City Councilor Peter Svarzbein as he discusses the El Paso Walmart Shooting, Jewish life and history of El Paso, and the experience of the border. Check out the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/3012369258990019/ Meeting ID: 897 2120 5229 Passcode: 891615 One […]

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Daf Yomi Eruvin Siyum

Sunday, November 22, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Are you participating in Daf Yomi study?Are you interested in getting started?Do you want to help those who are studying celebrate the completion ofa tractate? Join us to rejoice in the completion of tractate Eruvin and to hear discussion from your community members about their learning […]

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Who Was Pittsburgh's First Jewish Mayor? Originally Published November 6-7, 2020.

Samuel Pettigrew was Pittsburgh’s first Jewish mayor, serving from 1832-1836.  (Pittsburgh was incorporated in 1816.)  Historians have not yet unearthed what date Samuel Pettigrew was born in Easton, Pennsylvania.  (We also do not know where he is buried.)  Samuel’s father, Lt. James Pettigrew, was born in the United Kingdom and was not Jewish.  Samuel’s mother, […]

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