Thanksgiving traditions old and new

Like so many others this will be the first Thanksgiving I’ve ever celebrated without my family. For most of my childhood I traveled with my parents and siblings from Chicago to Tucson, Arizona to be with my dad’s extended family for the holiday. My Great Aunt Liz, our family’s matriarch, held court from her kitchen…

Rosh Hashanah Traditions Old and New

This year marks the fourteenth year that my husband and I have hosted Rosh Hashanah together. Our tradition started in Boston, where I was in grad school at the time. It was too hard to fly back to be with our families in the middle of the week with our busy schedules so we gathered…

Three Cookie Recipes Connecting Families and Generations

We just celebrated three major events this past weekend in Chicago with my family. The birth of my nephew Bernie, my dad’s 70th Birthday, and the baby naming of my niece Maeve. For me, these gatherings are always a way to bring together past and present and as with most Jewish celebrations involve spreads of…

Shanah Tovah – the power of food and community.

Rosh Hashanah arrived especially early this year, the end of summer and back to school rush seemed to leave little time for holiday preparations. The week leading into the New Year I received news that one of my oldest childhood friends tragically passed away. While we had grown apart over the years, I felt a…

Tips for a Fall Feast

Rosh Hashanah has been my holiday to host for over 10 years. What started as a small gathering of close friends who like us, don’t live near immediate family has turned into a full on feast filled with new friends and old as well as our close and extended families. It’s a holiday purely about…