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My Jewish Buffalo - Jewish Thought of the week 2022
Becoming Connected Jews

By Rabbi Avi Okin The Ashkenazi custom is to read Megillas Rus (The Book of Ruth) on the second morning of Shavuos. The first chapter in the Megillah describes how Rus sacrificed everything, including her prestige and wealth as a Moabite princess, when she joined the...

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Tzedakah – The Gift that Keeps on Giving

By Marc Brown Approximately two years ago, I received a call from the incoming Buffalo Jewish Federation (BJF) president, Marjorie Bryen, about the possibility of serving as one of Federation’s Vice-Presidents. In addition, Margie informed me that this position would...

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Being Jewish Takes a Lot of Effort and Thought

By Cantor Mark Horowitz This week’s Torah portion, Behar, on the mountain, is not just talking about any old mountain, it refers to the revelation on Mt. Sinai. We learn how we are to practice a kind of environmental and social justice every single day, but...

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My Jewish Buffalo - Community Member Spotlight 2022
Nicole Beahan

Today we cast a spotlight on the recipient of this year’s Toby Ticktin Back Education & Excellence Award. The award is named for the founder of the Holocaust Education Resource Organization of Buffalo (formerly Holocaust Resource Center) and is given each year to an...

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Dr. Matthew Giordano

Today we are proud to cast a spotlight on the recipient of this year’s Sophia Veffer Upstander Award, Dr. Matthew Giordano. The award is named in honor of local Holocaust survivor, Sophia Veffer, who has dedicated her life to creating a more just world by encouraging...

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Zachary Wexler

This week, we’re shining a spotlight on Zachary Wexler, a student at SUNY Cortland, studying Sport Management. After October 7, Zachary found himself in a unique environment responding to student-led backlash and protest: aboard a boat. He, along with 500 students...

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My Jewish Buffalo - Nosh of the Week 2022
Fruity Noodle Kugel 

By: Robin Kurss Dairy dishes are the tradition for the holiday of Shavuot which begins at sundown this Tuesday. We typically think of cheese blintzes and bourekas, cheesecakes and rugelach. But here is an easy, make ahead and delicious way to celebrate the holiday…....

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Chocolate Halva Sandwich Cookies

By: Hannah Mink Inspired by Halva, this week we are making Chocolate Halva Sandwich Cookies! Halva is a dense candy that is made by mixing tahini paste and sugar. Halva can also have other fillings such as chocolate or nuts. You can find Halva in the Kosher section of...

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Grilled Watermelon

By: Hannah Mink If you’re looking for a last-minute Memorial Day dish, we’ve got you covered! This week, we’re making grilled watermelon. To make this dish, you will need watermelon, lime, honey and cilantro. It is best to use a charcoal or gas grill for your grilled...

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