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    Applesauce or Sour Cream: The Latke Debate

    It's the age-old debate. The Latke Debate
    Applesauce or sour cream? Or something crazy like ketchup? How do you top your latkes? Try our latke recipe and leave a comment below with your favorite topping and why! We'll share the poll results soon.
    Latkes: Sour Cream or Applesauce
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    Why Do We Eat Pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah?

    Pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah
    You are probably familiar with apples and honey for a sweet Jewish New Year, but that's not the only food symbol on the Rosh Hashanah table. 

    Pomegranates are considered a new fruit- one that is back in season for the fall. They say a pomegranate has 613 arils (seeds) which is the same as the number of commandments in the Torah. (We haven't counted, but I trust this.) Pomegranates are also a symbol of fertility, another reference of new things to come, and are mentioned numerous times in the bible. May your blessings in the New Year be as numerous as the seeds of a pomegranate!

    Pomegranate items to help you celebrate:
    Pomegranate recipes:

    Top Ways to Impress Your Jewish Man or Woman

    Ahava is in the air! So you have a Jewish crush. Whether it is your first date or you have been together for decades, here are our best tips for wooing your Jewish love.

    It's Your First Date: Invest in Yourself

    • Make them laugh! Laughter (and food) is the best way to your love's heart. Come prepared with a few witty jokes or let the Jewish Wisdom Ball do the work for you. LOLz abound!
    • Show your personal style. Dress to impress. You gotta look good! Try a stylish bagel clutch as an easy icebreaker or a matzah yarmulke

    You've Been Dating 3 Months: Keep it Up

    • Plan a unique date. Do they like being outside? Plan a picnic complete with homemade hummus or heart-shaped latkes. Maybe they are more into performances? Surprise them with tickets to a comedy show.
    • Get them something nice! But nothing too crazy. An adorable Teddy Bear or delicate Opal Star of David Earrings will show you are interested but it's not too over the top. 

    You're Together 1 Year: Let's Get Serious

    • Now is the time to show your partner you really care. A special anniversary gift like a Charm Bracelet or Mezuzah Necklace should win you bonus points!
    • Plan an epic anniversary surprise! Whether it's a homemade meal or a dream trip, doing it together will make it special.

    You're Engaged: Be a Supportive Partner

    • First of all, mazel tov! Don't forget to register for Judaica on ModernTribe. We have all the essentials: gorgeous menorahs, unique seder plates, modern Shabbat candlesticks, challah board and more. 
    • Make planning fun. Enjoy the best parts (cake tasting!) and don't stress about the rest. The important thing is you're getting married! And listen to your mother. Always.

    You're Together Forever: Keep the Romance Alive

    • So you found your bershet, this is not a time to slack! Surprise them with something they love often, whether it's a loving card or flowers.
    • Make memories. Put a few keepsakes like ticket stubs, love notes or flower petals in a stunning box and they are yours forever.

    What are your tips for love?

    Artist Spotlight: Emily Rosenfeld

    Today we are highlighting one of our favorite jewelry and Judaica designers- Emily Rosenfeld! Her designs are simple, timeless and yet whimsical. She is also the sweetest and we love working with her, so we wanted to know more, and share a little more about Emily with you.

    Shop Emily's Collection here.

    Have you always been an artist? How did you get started?

    I have made jewelry for my whole adult life.  I started during a gap year in college and continued after I graduated as an English major.  Working for other designers not only taught me skills, but it showed me what a creative life looked like.  I wanted to live with that kind of freedom to be myself, create a community and working life all at once.  Three years after graduating, I started my own business, in a murphy bed closet in our tiny, perfect Oakland apartment.

    There are a lot of nature elements in your pieces. What inspires your designs?

    I draw a lot of inspiration from nature, from plants especially; my garden is another very real creative adventure.  But I also draw from textiles, both prints and embroidered designs, patterns I loved since I was young.  Because I studied literature and writing, I am also inspired by the desire to communicate, clearly.  Using words in my work has been very important.  My goal is to make meaningful pieces, whether it is through symbols or language, I want it to resonate.

    How did you get into Judaica?

    My second year in business, I started getting requests from my stores for Judaic jewelry pieces.  My line has always been very graphic, using representational, rather than abstract shapes.  My buyers saw that would lend itself easily to adding Jewish Stars and Chai's which is what I started with.  Being Jewish, they felt comfortable asking.  Those pieces sold well immediately.  Wanting to build on that success and also feeling like I had stumbled into supremely comfortable and welcoming territory, I started to explore possibilities beyond jewelry.  Mezuzot were the first Judaic pieces I designed.  I loved working in a new way, carving wax, rather than only sawing metal.  I loved the meaning and the possibilities.  The response to that first group of three Mezuzot was so strong, it inspired me to keep exploring.  Growing up culturally Jewish, but not practicing, making Judaic art has been a way to learn and explore my faith.

    Any future designs you can share with us?

    That is a tough one.  I usually sit down with my notebook, a pencil and a big eraser with little sense of what is going to happen until something takes shape, usually after a lot of erasing. I will say that I am excited about my new Line Drawn Mezuzot series, and will definitely be adding to that group, as well as to the sculptural ones.  Tzedakah feels so important, especially now, there will be new box designs soon as well. 

    Anything else you'd like to add!

    I feel so lucky to get to do this work.  To be part of people's traditions, to find a place in their homes or as part of what they wear is an honor and something for which I will always feel grateful.

     

    Shop Emily's collection here!

    10 Signs You Went Jewish Summer Camp

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    10 Ways You Know You Went to Jewish Summer Camp

    1. You built up an impressive collection of stationary to write to friends and family. (And Jewish stationary!)
    2. You were both excited and scared when you heard the words "COLOR WAR".
    3. You pretended to enjoy sports but really wanted more arts and crafts (This pencil case would have been way cooler).
    4. You had to iron your name into all your clothes- even socks! (Like these Nice Jewish Boy Socks).
    5. You know every Debbie Friedman song by heart.
    6. You had a HUGE crush on an Israeli counselor. (Check out our Israeli-made items).
    7. You hear "Hatikvah" and it brings back chilly mornings lined up around the flag pole.
    8. You brought out your finest Abercrombie and spent hours planning your outfit for social with the boys camp.
    9. You asked your parents to sneakily mail you Airheads in magazines.
    10. Your camp friends are still the BEST friends!

     

    What's on your list?? Comment below!

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