Did you go to the Purim Concert?

Purim: Megilla Read­ings, Balls and Con­certs (oh my; so many options)

As long ago as 1864, New York Jews attend­ed Purim Balls, a tra­di­tion now main­tained for the past 32 years at The Jew­ish Muse­um. And, not only in New York, but also Bev­er­ly Hills, CA, Min­neapo­lis, MN and Akron, OH where young women are pre­sent­ed as […]


through a sea of sound

Shab­bat Shi­rah usu­al­ly marks the begin­ning of Jew­ish Music Month. How­ev­er, I’ve not seen any ref­er­ence to it this year. Nonethe­less, it is appro­pri­ate that this week marks the cel­e­bra­tion of a sig­nif­i­cant anniver­sary in Amer­i­can Jew­ish music.

from חזן to opera star

The fam­i­ly in which I grew up was (to put it mild­ly) not […]

…let's experiment

with minor updates


As Jay writes:

There’s some­thing about round num­bers, even if they don’t actu­al­ly rep­re­sent any­thing par­tic­u­lar­ly spe­cial.

Were she alive, our moth­er: Faye [Avrunin] Hurvitz, would be 100 years old today [in 2013]; one day before the win­ter sol­stice.

Faye Hurvitz wear­ing her “I’m a Sci­en­tist” but­ton

For some­one as mod­est (about her­self) as she, she has […]

#blogelul — hear

women should be seen & heard

wow, and how!

Briefly put. Sup­port Women of the Wall (and the New Israel Fund).

Be sure you can…hearwomen’svoic­es!

women of the wall mem­bers blow the sho­far at the back of the west­ern wall plaza dur­ing its month­ly rosh chodesh ser­vice, aug. 7, 2013. (miri­am alster)

Here’s a Yeshi­va world per­spec­tive.

And an appro­pri­ate but­ton:

women should be seen & heard­new […]

#blogelul — believe

i believe


Espe­cial­ly since Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001, we’ve heard a great deal about the com­mon bonds among the Abra­ham­ic reli­gions. It is a love­ly idea, and some­thing worth work­ing towards. How­ev­er, even a sim­ple glance at one of the most icon­ic sto­ries of Abra­ham illus­trates how dif­fer­ent the three major “Abra­ham­ic” reli­gions are (the fourth is the Bahá’í faith).

Jews know […]

#blogelul — be

you don't have to be jewish to oppose the war in vietnam

mad man

Ad man William Bern­bach devel­oped a num­ber of famous cam­paigns. For our pur­pose today, his most impor­tant is that for Levy’s bak­ery.

Cor­rec­tion (Jan­u­ary 14, 2014): the woman behind the man!

Judy Por­tas died Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 7, 2014 at the age of 91. As the sto­ry in the New York Times reports:

As Ms. Pro­tas, a retired adver­tis­ing exec­u­tive […]

#blogelul — do

what would maimonides do?


What would you do?

stat­ue of mai­monides in cor­do­ba, spain

Mai­mon­des’ “Hil­chot Teshu­va” (The Rules of Repen­tance) is avail­able at Mechon Mam­re: הלכות תשובה. It was trans­lat­ed from the Hebrew and post­ed at scribd by Rab­bi Yaakov Feld­man.

You can read an excerpt and intro­duc­tion at My Jew­ish Learn­ing:

If a man trans­gress­es, wit­ting­ly or unwit­tingly, any pre­cept of […]

#blogelul — know

now, i know.

what might know­ing change?

What does this (from a recent arti­cle in the For­ward) mean?

…aggres­sive pre­na­tal genet­ic test­ing has effec­tive­ly erad­i­cat­ed dev­as­tat­ing con­di­tions such as Tay-Sachs…

a friend knows

I asked my friend Jane Her­man who has the BRCA muta­tion why it is impor­tant to know.

I under­stand in your case, as an adult, know­ing you car­ry a BRCA muta­tion, you have […]

#blogelul - act

american jewish world service — judaism in action around the world

val­ues made real

How will you act to make your Judaism real in the world? Con­sid­er becom­ing involved with one of these:

Amer­i­can Jew­ish World Ser­vice
The Reli­gious Action Cen­ter of Reform Judaism
Uri l’Tzedek — Ortho­dox Social Jus­tice
Bend the Arc; a Jew­ish Part­ner­ship for Jus­tice
Jews for Racial and Eco­nom­ic Jus­tice
Avo­dah: The Jew­ish Ser­vice Corps
Jew­ish Com­mu­ni­ty Action
Jew­ish Com­mu­ni­ty Rela­tions […]

#blogelul - prepare

just jew it

the upcom­ing event

You’ve invit­ed a num­ber of friends over. Even if it is a pot-luck din­ner, there’s much you need to do in advance of the meal. You, as I do, prob­a­bly have lists with sub­lists encom­pass­ing all the projects that go into mak­ing your event a suc­cess: write out and send invi­ta­tions, clean the apart­ment, make sure not […]