HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston bakery has lost its decades-long Kosher certification as it struggles to recover financially after being swamped by Hurricane Harvey.
Embattled US Rep. Ilhan Omar tweets ‘happy Passover’
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is wishing "happy Passover" to Jews commemorating the holiday in her home state of Minnesota and around the world.
Christian pilgrims march through Jerusalem for Good Friday
JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Christian pilgrims and clergy members marched through the ancient stone alleys of Jerusalem's Old City, retracing Jesus' path to crucifixion in observation of Good...
Rabbis: ‘Not kosher’ to buy at grocery store during strike
BOSTON (AP) — As thousands of Stop & Shop workers remain on strike in New England, some Jewish families are preparing for Passover without the region's largest supermarket chain, which has deep...
Followers of Jesus are called to practice the art of hospitality. Romans 12:13 simply states "contribute to the needs of the saints, and seek to show hospitality." "Seek" means to "seek after eagerly."
How can we do that? We follow Jesus. And Jesus was a great host. The most well-known table we find him around is the last one before he endured the cross. Following are some observations of how we can host like Jesus from that episode in his life.
Eastern Orthodox Easter to be observed Sunday, April 8
One of the most frequent questions asked by and to Orthodox Christians is “Why does the Orthodox Church celebrate Easter (Pascha) on a different day than other Christians?” This difference has a long history related to Christianity itself, the complex nature of calendars, and the use of astronomical data. Almost from the very beginning of the existence of the Christian Church, the issue regarding the date of our Lord’s death and resurrection presented variations.
Why do Jews eat gefilte fish at the Passover Seder?
WHEN Jews gathered around the table for Passover Seder, the ritual meal commemorated on Friday and Saturday of this past week, many began the feast with an oval-shaped appetizer, often mounted on a single leaf of lettuce and crowned with a boiled carrot medallion on top.
Meet gefilte fish, a culinary connection to the shtetls, or ancestral towns of many Jews of Eastern European origin.
Forty-one congregants attended the community seder for Passover, Saturday night at the Greenwich Reform Synagogue in Cos Cob.
Helen Stark who organized the seder said “This is wonderful. This is the first Passover at the synagogue. It is so memorable. So special and most important, we invited the community to attend.” Stark held the honor of lighting the seder candles.
‘Hope’ becomes theme during Houston’s largest-ever Seder
Michael Vowell never thought he’d teach basic Hebrew on one of Judaism’s highest holidays.
But this year was about inclusion. And so, despite the yarmulkes dotting the crowd before him, with humor and patience the rabbi gave remedial lessons on his faith’s language to a Seder dinner that may have set records.
Passover, Good Friday coincide in Bridgeport Observances
Friday was Good Friday for Christians and also the first night of Passover for Jews. The two dates coincide every few years. In 2015, Passover fell on Good Friday, and this was also the case in 2012.
Good Friday is the Friday prior to Easter, which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, except for Orthodox Christians. Passover begins after dusk on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan.
Kosher Foods Prepped And Ready For Passover Seders
WAVERLY TWP. — From Scranton to Toronto, hundreds of people will spend their Passover Seders feasting on kosher foods prepared in the Abingtons. Staff at the Jewish Discovery Center in Waverly Twp., prepared and sold about 2,000 portions of food over the past week for Passover, which begins this evening. The prepared food includes an estimated 150 pounds of brisket, 60 pounds of cucumber salad and 200 pounds of roasted red potatoes. They used hundreds of pounds of potatoes for kugel and six...
Brisket? Go pure and simple, or jazz it up for Passover
Amelia Saltsman's brisket is, to put it simply, the "anti-Lipton soup version" of the beloved classic. The Santa Monica, California, cookbook author has been making it "pure and simple" for over 40 years, so the "essence of pure meat flavor" shines forth.
But you know there are always going to be those hungry to jazz it up with all sorts of things, even that iconic onion soup mix. Nothing wrong with that; the results can be delicious, and the funnier fixings can pass into family lore.
Local rabbi distributes hundreds of matzah for Passover
EDINBURG — Janis Feldman, 69, associate professor of social work at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, remembers looking for the Afikoman (the hidden matzah) and participating in other Passover festivities as a young girl.
Matzah is a thin, crunchy form of unleavened bread that’s enjoyed along with other staple dishes during the Jewish Passover observance.
Pre-Passover Seder promotes unity in Bloomfield Hills
Bloomfield Hills — Surrounded by many new faces Thursday evening, Pam Lasazen raised a toast to life, recited a Hebrew blessing and explored centuries of history.
The retired schoolteacher from Plymouth attended her first pre-Passover Seder — a ceremonial meal that traditionally launches the Jewish holiday memorializing how Israelites fled bondage in ancient Egypt.
JERUSALEM (AP) — In Israel, Paddington Bear eats his marmalade on matzo.
On some posters advertising the new film, "Paddington 2," the British movie creation is being given a kosher-for-Passover makeover.
Elsewhere, Paddington Bear holds his trademark bread and marmalade sandwich shaped as a 2. In Israel, his marmalade is spread on a 2-shaped matzo — the unleavened bread eaten during Passover.
Jewish students give matzah to gear up for Passover
For hours Wednesday, a group of Jewish students were all about matzah.
Pupils from the Lubavitch Yeshiva International School for Chabad Leadership in Oak Park distributed unleavened bread to help Metro Detroiters celebrate Passover.
The holiday, which starts March 30, commemorates Jews' ancestors fleeing slavery in ancient Egypt.
As the Book of Exodus recounts, the Israelites escaped so hastily they didn't have enough time to let their dough rise, which gave rise to the matzah tradition.
Sinkers vs. floaters: a matzo ball taste-off for Passover
Sinkers or floaters? That is the question this Passover — at least when it comes to matzo balls. The classic holiday soup dumplings can be light as air or dense as a potato, depending on ingredients, the cook’s preference and a little family history thrown into the mix. Staff writers Gail Rosenblum and Sharyn Jackson faced off with their beloved matzo ball recipes, and then dished on their favorite childhood memories around the Seder table.
GERING — Northfield Church will host The Passover Experience and the community is invited.
On March 31 from 6-8 p.m, Dr. Kiley Callaway, the lead pastor of Northfiled Church, will guide participants through a traditional Passover Seder. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the Jewish heritage of their faith and can engage with God’s story of redemption that was provided through “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
Interfaith Seder 2018 at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple (photos)
Interfaith Seder 2018 at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple (photos)
BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- For more than 20 years, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple has been welcoming different faiths with open arms to discover the rituals, music and foods of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
Perspectives: Redemption, liberation common themes for Easter, Passover
With the recent announcement that Rev. Lemler is retiring from Christ Church of Greenwich, I find myself reflecting in the immense impact he has had on our community and myself.
Rev. Lemler has become one of my closest friends and a spiritual role model. We have shared many private and public occasions together, and I will miss his physical proximity very much after he returns to his Midwest roots.
Church examines ‘Christ in the Passover’
Manhattan resident Aaron Abramson, as a Detroit native whose childhood was divided between Seattle and Israel, has celebrated Passover in a variety of locations over the years, and now approaches the Jewish festival partially as a teaching tool in his role with Jews for Jesus.
This week, Jews all over the world have been celebrating Passover, one of the major holidays of the Jewish tradition.
The first night, families and friends gather for the Seder, a festive meal where we retell the story of the Exodus of Hebrew slaves from Egypt. This epic tale of liberation would later also become the model narrative for many other oppressed and downtrodden peoples around the world, a reminder to never give up hope for ultimate redemption.
JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian man stabbed a young British tourist to death in Jerusalem as she traveled on the light rail close to the Old City, which was packed with Christians celebrating Good Friday and Jews enjoying Passover, police and hospital officials said.
It was the latest bloodshed in a wave of attacks by Palestinians mostly acting on their own against Israeli civilians and security forces that erupted in 2015.
Christian Passover Seder relives Biblical Exodus story
On Monday night, 22 people gathered to partake in Erik and Rhoda Leverson's 11th Annual Pesach Seder. Pesach is Hebrew for Passover.
"This is really our ministry," explained Rhoda, a Christian who enjoys sharing this celebration and its deep meanings with others. In attendance were people of differing backgrounds: Jewish, Christian and Mormon.
Spicer says Hitler comment ‘inexcusable and reprehensible’
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that his attempt to compare the Holocaust and Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons was "inexcusable and reprehensible" and was made all the worse by this being a holy week for Christians and Jews.
He said the comment, made Tuesday at the White House briefing, was personally and professionally disappointing, and he asked for "folks' forgiveness."
LIHUE — When celebrating Easter, Christians should understand its history and connection to the Jewish faith, said Bruce Baumgartner, pastor of Calvary Chapel Lihue.
“This being Passover season, we understand there’s a lot of questions about what is Passover and the New Testament because Jesus celebrated the Passover,” Baumgartner said.
Kosher bakery offers array of goodies ‘in the spirit of Passover’
It’s been a process of “constant learning” for By The Way Bakery owner Helene Godin, who last winter opened her newest shop in Greenwich. The lawyer-turned-baker found her foothold in the business by offering gluten-free and kosher products.
Now with both the Easter and Passover holidays converging, her sweet treats are in high demand and she strives to stay atop religious dietary guidelines.
People of all faiths gather at Seder celebration
People gathered Monday evening at the Drury Plaza Hotel for an all-faiths Community Seder hosted by the Albuquerque-based Jewish Federation of New Mexico.
It was the second time the organization held such an event in Santa Fe, welcoming people from all religious and cultural backgrounds to celebrate with those in the Jewish community and learn more about Passover, including the foods served at the Seder — and why those foods are served.
Israel shuts Egypt border after terror warning Passover eve
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel closed its Taba border crossing to the Sinai peninsula on Monday following warnings by its anti-terrorism office of an "imminent" militant attack there and urged its citizens to leave Egypt hours before the start of the Passover holiday, when Sinai is a popular destination for many secular Israelis.
“You shall not wrong nor oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” — Exodus 22:20
Tomorrow night Jews around the world will begin the week-long observance of Passover with the retelling of the story of the Exodus around the Seder table. It is a night filled with ritual and symbolism, beginning with the matzoh, “the bread of affliction.”
It is a reminder not just of the haste with which Jews left Egypt, but the reason for that Exodus.
Reader View: Passover, memories and the importance of matzah
My earliest memories of Passover in Brooklyn include our family’s turn at the matzah bakery, helping bake our own hand-baked, round “Shmurah” matzah.
Raw: Gorillas Nosh on Matzo For Passover Holiday
Passover pizza: New triangular matzo shape debuts
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — It's not your bubbe's matzo.
The New Jersey-based largest producer of kosher food in North America is breaking tradition in its 129-year history by unveiling its first triangular matzo.
Manischewitz says the shape is part of its Matzo Pizza Kit.
For some, Passover Seder will address global refugee crisis
Abdul Jalal Hashimi grew up in Kabul and fled with his family to the United States after working more than six years against the Taliban alongside American military forces.
A 32-year-old Muslim, he has known few Jews personally, but come Passover he'll be among more than a dozen refugees sharing special holiday food and swapping life stories with congregants at Temple Beth-El in his new hometown of Richmond, Virginia.
Competency hearing set for man in Jewish Center bomb plot
MIAMI (AP) — A mental competency hearing has been set for a South Florida man charged with plotting to bomb a synagogue and Jewish school during Passover observances in support of the Islamic State terrorist group.
A Miami judge on Monday scheduled the hearing Dec. 9 for James Medina. His attorney previously raised questions about Medina's mental state and ability to assist in his own defense.
Love it or hate it, gefilte fish is here to stay
NEW YORK (AP) — Got a live carp in your bathtub? Planning on losing a day to food prep for the October Jewish holidays?
We don't think so, and neither do Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern.
They're the authors of a new cookbook, "The Gefilte Manifesto," a lively collection of Ashkenazi standards — some with a twist and others left to wander back to the old country.
Mental evaluation for Florida man in Jewish Center bomb plot
MIAMI (AP) — A mental evaluation has been ordered for a South Florida man charged with plotting to bomb a synagogue and Jewish school during Passover observances in support of the Islamic State terrorist group.
The order from a Miami federal judge came this week after James Medina's attorney raised questions about his mental competency and ability to proceed in the case. A psychologist's report is due Oct. 24.