Lakewood, Yeshiva Capital Of US & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Esteemed Educator Faces Opposition As He Takes Over Hempstead School District An esteemed educator known for fixing failing New York City schools is ready to roll up his sleeves in one of the worst performing school districts on Long Island. Until now, “A Hasidic Jew is not somebody you’re going to find in Hempstead,” Dr. […]

This Kosher “Top Chef” Alum, Alex Reznik, Just Beat Bobby Flay

For the last four years, chefs from all over the world have tried to “Beat Bobby Flay” on the Food Network show of the same name. They have gone head to head with this culinary legend, cooking red prawn, scallops, fish squid, and pork chops. But last week, Top Chef alum, Alex Reznik, of LA […]

Pesach Grape Juice Wars & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

The Grape Juice Wars of Passover Orthodox Jews bless and drink a cup of wine three times on the Sabbath and four times at each of the two Seders for Passover. The almost 150-year-old American titan of grape juice: Welch’s, whose name is practically a synonym for grape juice, and the 129-year-old Manischewitz, the world’s […]

The Most Unkosher Passover Pizza Ever

Growing up we kept kosher for Passover but not regular kosher. One year something surprising happened because of this!

Ukraine’s Last Shtetl Preps Pesach & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Fleishik’s Raises the Question — Is a Deli a Deli If it Doesn’t Serve Rye Bread? Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh and Whiskey opened this week in LA to utter madness, with lines of people eager for kosher sandwiches forming out the door. It’s so crazy that the owners are actually reducing the hours of operation until […]

Modest Stylists, Modest Runways & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

The Orthodox Stylist Who Makes Stars Glimmer at the Oscars When the annual awards season hits Hollywood, celebrity stylist Adena Rohatiner can spends days considering as many as 75 looks for a single client’s outfit. A member of West LA’s Modern Orthodox community, Rohatiner is the niece of Jeff Rohatiner, purveyor of Jeff’s Sausages, a […]

My Incredible Meeting With Steven Spielberg’s Mom, Chasidic Jew

I was saddened to hear yesterday about the passing of Mrs. Leah Adler at the age of 97. She was somewhat of a legend in my circles. Not only because her son is Steven Spielberg, but also because she was one of the great Jewish personalities in the Los Angeles Jewish community. In addition to […]

The Orthodox Jewish Teen Who Appeared On “Chopped”

When food-obsessed eight-year-old Eitan Bernath asked his mother to experiment more with her traditional cooking, she told him to try it out himself. Together, they began to explore cooking, leading him to make one of his first solo meals, “A can of beans, tomato sauce, heated up with some tortillas [and] cheese…I started very basic.” […]

What Makes Someone an Orthodox Jew?

Dear Jew in the City, What is the exact definition of an Orthodox Jew? I see that some men have peyos and some women wear pants. Some seem to be very strictly kosher while others eat dairy in non-kosher restaurants. Where is the border? Confused by Orthodox Jews   Dear Confused- To answer this question, […]

Zak the Baker’s Haute Glatt…and Other Orthodox Jews in the News

This New Kosher Deli May Be Miami’s Hippest Restaurant The instant success of Stern’s deli isn’t too surprising given that Zak the Baker — both his bakery and the man himself — have garnered numerous accolades since setting up shop four years ago. Stern has achieved the seemingly impossible: His eateries are decidedly cool and […]

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