Friday, December 9, 2016 Kislev 9, 5777

Melissa Jacobs

Contributing Editor of Inside Magazine
Creators of Judaica reveal their inspirations
S etting the seder table with her mother is one of Joy Stember’s cherished childhood memories. Before their Melrose Park home became filled with friends, laughter and prayers, Stember and her mother had their own ritual. “For place settings, we used my grandmother’s fine china with gold edging, which we only used at Passover and Rosh Hashanah,” Stember says. “Then...
The latest ways to get fit
Post-partum, post-injury or post-winter, the Philadelphia area is filled with fitness options for people of all ages and abilities.
A little breaking news from Little Girl Land: May 31 marked the debut of the first Jewish American Girl doll. Each American Girl represents a momentous era in U.S. history, as well as a girl's place in it. Founded in 1986, American Girl has sold some 16 million dolls. The company now has magazines, books, movies and showcase stores. I...


Melissa Jacobs landed her first Jewish Exponent byline in 2000 – and her family kvelled. Born in Philadelphia and raised in South Jersey, Jacobs helps edit Inside magazine and various special sections. She also frequently contributes articles to the Exponent and its publications. Her work explores Jewish rituals and holidays, lifecycle events, Holocaust education, parenting issues and teens.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Jacobs is the author of two novels, both published by HarperCollins.


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