Lisa Litman

Jewish Philly Celebrates Shavuot Online

Jewish organizations are helping Philadelphians celebrate a socially distant Shavuot with virtual events and study sessions. Center City Kehillah, which usually hosts an all-night interdenominational...
The Spinka family cozies up for a bonfire. From left: Tehilla, Sara, Devora, Yoni, Shua and Avrami Spinka

Wind Doesn’t Halt Lag B’Omer Bonfires

The evening of Lag B’Omer 5780 — also known as May 11 — was windy and unseasonably cold. Not exactly ideal conditions to celebrate...
Jason Alexander, upper right, invites non-Jews Josh Groban, upper left, Darren Criss, lower left and Rachel Brosnahan to join in a virtual Seder webcast on YouTube, April 11, 2020.

Celebrity-Studded Seder Raises $2.6M for Charity

By Ron Kampeas / JTA With its glittering assembly of stars, jokes that worked and attendees who could, well, sing, it was the Zoom Seder...
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Avoiding Confrontations at Passover

There’s the presidential election. There’s the coronavirus pandemic. There are massive layoffs around the country. And, on top of all of that, people will...
Jewish holiday Passover banner design with wine, matzo on wooden background.

How Do You Mark Passover When Gluten-Free?

Debbie Greenberg’s son, Aaron Mazer, was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of 17. For Mazer, that meant the end of school cafeteria lunches,...
Susie Green, wife of Larry’s best friend Jeff (all three pictured here), is Larry’s antagonist-in-chief, and vice versa.

Three Picks for Passover in Film, TV

At Passover, we recall the 10 plagues, recite the four questions, have two seders and leave one cup empty for Elijah. And now, here are...
The Barron family spent Passover 2018 at a Palm Springs resort operated by Kosherica, one of the big names in luxury Passover travel.

Destination Pesach: There Will be Food

Editor’s note: This article was written prior to the spate of coronavirus-related travel cancellations, which have included Passover-related trips. Passover can be an ordeal. The...
Shelley Ducker used props to reenact the plague of darkness during a past Passover seder. This year, she will not hold a large gathering due to the coronavirus.

Philly’s Passover Plans Change in Wake of COVID-19

Shelley Ducker takes the 10 plagues seriously during her Passover seders. “We once put brown paper bags over people’s heads to simulate darkness,” the Bethesda,...
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Dulce De Leche Hamantaschen: Rethinking a Famed South American Cookie for Purim

By Leanne Shor / The Nosher Bringing new life to hamantaschen was a challenge. Peopleare dead set on their favorite flavors like classic poppy seed...
Vector greeting card for Purim holiday with copy space, original lettering for words happy purim in hebrew on purple abstract background, kosher oznei haman, noise maker toy and playful venetian mask.

Jewish Exponent Purim Spiel: Fake News 2020

Congregation Beth Stoner to Offer Baked Sales Ivana Spliff| JE STAFF Very Reform Congregation Beth Stoner, which opened in Center City in 2019, plans weekly “baked...