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Lifting Each Other Up Through Moments (Rituals) of K’dosha

By Rabbi Sharon L. Sobel This week, I’m observing the 11th anniversary of my mother’s death, Judith R. Sobel (z’l), the 80th birthday of my dear friend and colleague, Rabbi Adam Fisher, one year of living in a global pandemic and the start of reading the book of...

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The Brilliance of the Jewish Calendar

By Ben Wolfson In this week’s Torah reading, we read a special section where G-d instructs the Israelites to set the Jewish calendar by the monthly new moon, giving the Jewish people the calendar that we still use today. This act from G-d was the first mitzvah that...

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Crafting in God’s Shadow

By Susan Goldberg Schwartz I noticed my son Yaron had artistic talent when he was around 5 years old. His attention to little details showed in his drawings and intricate Lego creations.  As he grew older and more talented, I often spoke of his ability as a ‘gift from...

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JCC Teachers

In March 2020, the Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood program at the Benderson Building in Amherst had to temporarily shut down due to the pandemic.  What was originally thought to be a two week closure turned into 2 ½ months.  However, the JCC was determined...

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Jennifer Rosen

Jennifer Rosen is a mom, a Pediatric Physical Therapist, and an avid all-season runner.   Originally from Cleveland, Jennifer and her family were engaged with Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple when she grew up, a reform congregation similar to Buffalo’s Temple Beth Zion...

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Peggy Sullivan

Peggy Sullivan is a Women’s Leadership Speaker, Mindset Expert, and Founder of non-profit SheCAN! Born and raised in Buffalo, Peggy attended Sweet Home High School and then headed east to Rochester Institute of Technology where she graduated with a BA in Marketing and...

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Cold Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables

By Leah Kramer If you have ever attended Shabbat at the University of Wisconsin Chabad with me (which I don’t think any of you have, but let's pretend we all have gone together), you know that I go there with one main dish in mind: cold sesame noodles. The ability of...

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Challah

By Leah Kramer There are some combos in life that just make sense. Cookies and milk, the sun and the moon, hand sanitizer and an N95, and of course, peanut butter and chocolate. This delicious flavor collaboration has made mouths water for centuries, so why not take...

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Michael Solomonov’s Shakshuka

By Leah Kramer With March upon us yet again, we all need some comfort. I know I do. And what better form over comfort than food? Specifically… shakshuka. And to get even more specific….. Michael Solomonov’s shakshuka recipe. This simple recipe, taking only 15 minutes...

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