Meet Galia Goodman – Judaica Artist & Calligrapher

Jewish marriage contract

We first discovered Galia Goodman's genius when it was time to create a bat mitzvah invitation for our daughter. We wanted something simple with Hebrew calligraphy of a verse that was special to her. Turned out beautifully! I am delighted to welcome her here and introduce her to you! Thanks, Galia, for sharing some of your journey with us. Writing a blog post on a computer will be very different than what I usually do:  I am an artist and calligrapher.   I spend a lot of time writing, but with a calligraphy pen: constructing documents for Jewish weddings, B’nai Mitzvah gifts, baby-naming … [Read more...]

Still Time to Add Seder Fun

Passover Seder Plate

If you’re hosting the first or second Seder this year, there’s still time to add some fun bits.  Want to spice things up and get more participation, but only have about 15 minutes to spare? Try these easy tweaks to the traditional. #1 Add Seder songs Most traditional Haggadot will include plenty of Seder songs. But if you want to add a few songs written in English to popular tunes so that all of your guests can participate, try these: Ballad of the Four Sons sung to the tune of “Clementine”  A Passover Song sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things” (there are 16 song options in this … [Read more...]

Passover Food – What’s In, What’s Out?

Chametz, chametz and more chametz!

When my mother reminisces about what she could eat for Passover, she remembers that hardly anything was considered kosher for Passover – especially in the little towns where she lived, in remote reaches of this country. Today, what a different story! You can find almost anything approved for Pesach: cookies, cake mixes, even breakfast cereal. To confirm this, I toodled around Amazon, searching for "kosher for Passover food." Twenty pages of products came up, including Zelda's Passover Award-Winning Orange Chiffon Cake, Passover Cookie Platter. and Manischewitz Pancake Mix. But regular … [Read more...]

Passover FAQs – The Basics & Beyond

Happy Passover

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Before each holiday, I like to give myself a little refresher on the basics and find a few new tidbits that I hadn't known before. This year, I found fascinating posts from Rabbi Jason Miller and Rabbi Laura Novak Winer. Thanks to them for helping make our experiences even richer. What do “Seder,” “Passover” and “Haggadah” mean? “Seder” means order. And even though there is a huge amount of variability in how a Seder is conducted, the main elements follow a prescribed order, detailed in the Haggadah, based on 15 basic steps. “Passover” comes from the … [Read more...]

First Time Hosting a Passover Seder?

Does the idea of putting on a Seder overwhelm you? And when you think of a Seder, what comes to mind? What’s your vision of a Seder? On the Orthodox side of my family, both Seders (Sedarim) are multi-hour, joyful gatherings preceded by a month of pre-cleaning and weeks of pre-cooking.  It doesn’t start until after sunset and goes and goes and goes. All the kids chime in with the wonderful things they have learned in their Jewish day schools. That is a sharp contrast to our family. We’re an interfaith group that has about 45 minutes of Seder in them – not including dinner – before … [Read more...]