The White House Goes Kosher And Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Watch How White House Kitchen Goes Kosher for Hanukkah Party
This week’s White House Hanukkah party, where President Barack Obama lit the menorah for the last time as Commander in Chief, featured festive food out of a kitchen that meets the highest standards of kosher observance. So how is this feat accomplished?

Married couple to go head-to-head in international Bible contest
The academic pair, who hit it off over their mutual love of Tanach, will each represent their home countries of Canada and the US in the upcoming Jerusalem-based competition. On December 28, Yeshiva University alumni Yair Shahak and Yaelle Frohlich will face off in Jerusalem at the 2016 International Adult Bible Contest.

Maven Pictures Acquires ‘Secret Life of Dr. James Miranda Barry,’ Rachel Weisz To Star
Orthodox Jewish All Star Ari Pinchot will produce a film about one of the world’s first female surgeons. Pinchot previously produced the Oscar-winning film The Butler.

Smart Home Maker May Be the Solution Sabbath-Observant Homeowners in Israel Have Been Waiting For
Somfy hopes to capitalize on Israel’s craving for tech and its local market’s unique demands. As an extension of rules against kindling fires on the Sabbath, Orthodox Jews largely avoid using electricity and appliances during the 24-hour period. This is where pre-set hot plates, light timers, and other automation devices can come in handy.

Orthodox Band’s Family Men Defy Stereotypes to Rock Out
Combining hip-hop talent with a love of Torah, Ramat Beit Shemesh band Shtar shows things in Israel aren’t as black and white as its members’ clothing.

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