Chag Notebook: Penny Blumenstein

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Chag Notebook: Penny Blumenstein

Penny Blumenstein is a renowned international philanthropic and Jewish leader. She’s the president of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Vice Chair of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan, and a recipient of the George Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism.

I’ve long admired Penny’s commitment to service and the important work she does with JDC. I’m so honored to have such an inspiring leader share her thoughts with us. Let’s get to know Penny and learn from her.

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How to Tell Your Host About Your Food Preferences: A Fill-in-the-Blank Template

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How to Tell Your Host About Your Food Preferences: A Fill-in-the-Blank Template

Our choices about what food we eat—and don’t eat—are among the most personal ones we make (parenting is another one).

Your family and friends may not share your healthy eating philosophy. Though it may not matter to you if they do, differences in eating can cause people you’re sharing meals with to worry or feel uncomfortable. It may bring up their own insecurities about their eating habits or what they don’t understand about healthy eating.

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Chag Notebook: Bethany Mandel

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Chag Notebook: Bethany Mandel

Bethany Mandel is a blogger and writer who has traveled to more than 30 countries and was selected by The Jewish Week in 2013 as one of its “36 under 36,” an annual list of individuals reinventing Jewish life.  I connected with Bethany through her writing: I was immediately drawn to her courage to speak out about private topics. We also share a love of travel and service. Let’s get to know Bethany and learn from her.


 

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Lessons from the Book of Ruth: How to cultivate solidarity in your life

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How to Cultivate Solidarity in Your Life

During Shavuot as we celebrate the summer harvest, we read the Book of Ruth.

The Book of Ruth tells the story of Ruth’s devotion (and conversion) to Judaism and in particular to her mother-in-law, Naomi, as Ruth stays by Naomi’s side during such difficulties as migration and poverty.

It’s one of the most powerful stories of female solidarity in Judaism.

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5 Ways to Replace Dairy for Shavuot

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Got Plant-Based Milk?

Here at Jewish Food Hero, we’re all about education. When I first started learning about animal dairy products and how they impact our health and environment, I was grateful for the information – and motivated to eliminate dairy from my diet.

With Shavuot approaching, where dairy-based dishes are a strong part of the holiday tradition, I wanted to share what I’ve learned about the dairy industry so you can make informed choices, and offer tips for replacing dairy in your Shavuot recipes.

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