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Cool Jewish Events: Jewish Multiracial Network Chanukah Potluck

Event: Jewish Multiracial Network Chanukah PotluckDate: Sunday Dec. 13, 2009Time: 4:30-6:30 pmPlace: Moishe House, 3625 May St., Los Angeles, CA 90066 Adults, children, everyone welcome! We’ll have crafts and games for the kids and food and drinks for the adults. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share and a menorah to light. RSVP to TwinZebra… Continue reading Cool Jewish Events: Jewish Multiracial Network Chanukah Potluck

babies and pregnancy · food · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · marriage

Just give me my freakin’ kibbeh (quipe)

My husband teaches a class Thursday nights at a synagogue downtown. And because I hadn’t seen so much of him that week, I decided to join him. We stopped to pick up some food at the place he always gets dinner at and I waited for our order while my husband ran to start his… Continue reading Just give me my freakin’ kibbeh (quipe)

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Dreams of My Father

I don’t write about my Dad (“Papi”) as much as I write about my mother. My father hightailed it when I was 4. My younger sister was one. He came back after they were divorced and made me another sister. While my parents were still married, my father made me a half-sibling which I later… Continue reading Dreams of My Father

food · hanukkah · Hispanics/Latinos

Cool Jewish Events: Fiesta Hanukkah!

With Thanksgiving over, it’s time to think Hanukkah! Event: Fiesta Hanukkah! Date: Sunday, December 6, 2009 Time: 11am Place: Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA Celebrate Hanukkah with a Latin flair! This year, as part of the Skirball’s ongoing initiative to commemorate Jewish life in Latin America, the annual Hanukkah family festival invites families of… Continue reading Cool Jewish Events: Fiesta Hanukkah!

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Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for Hanukkah!

Maybe at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade when Santa comes out, he should stand next to a menorah? You know, I want representation. He can hold some plantains, too. What? What? I can dream! In the meantime, my Twitter pal Jean Roth wrote some Hanukkah limericks using me as the inspiration: Ms.… Continue reading Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for Hanukkah!

babies and pregnancy · books and reading · culture/multiculturalism · food · Hispanics/Latinos · jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism

Writing that first Jewish Dominican children’s book!

Added to my ever growing “to do” list is writing a “multicultural” children’s book. Of course, first I’d actually have to start reading children’s book. I figure they’re a bit like poetry where every word is important and the less words you use to get your point across, the better. I’m already stockpiling books for… Continue reading Writing that first Jewish Dominican children’s book!

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On celebrating life’s special moments…

I went to an Orthodox Jewish wedding and what did I find in the midst of all that sushi and all that brisket? TOSTONES! TOSTONES! TOSTONES! I overdosed on them and smiled like the Cheshire cat.

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Going Kosher

Last week’s “Question of the Week” was: “Why is My Family Insulted by My Kosher Diet?” Going kosher can be such a touchy subject with relatives that someone, Azriela Jaffe, wrote a whole book about it: What Do You Mean, You Can’t Eat in My Home?: A Guide to How Newly Observant Jews and Their… Continue reading Going Kosher

food · Hispanics/Latinos · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · language · New York

Habla Español?

The Chicago Tribune story “Korean-Americans learn Spanish to help out at work” profiles Korean-American employers learning Spanish to be able to communicate with their Hispanic employees. That’s kinda awesome. I mean, I know people who won’t learn Spanish and are Hispanic. I’ve heard of Jews in Washington Heights tutoring Hispanics in English but maybe we… Continue reading Habla Español?

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Teen Latinas Considering Suicide

I can remember “wanting to die” when I was five years old. It was the only way I could think of escaping my situation. I was living with a mentally ill mother who was chronically abusive. Sure, we were also living in poverty, in a neighborhood too dangerous for me to play outside where I… Continue reading Teen Latinas Considering Suicide