Matcha Cheesecake for Shavuot? Yes, Please

Carmel Ayala Tanaka, Jewish&, 05/25/2020

One sliver lining of quarantine has been spending quality time with my Japanese father and Israeli mother.

Shavuot Is About A Poor Convert — Would Your Community Welcome Her Today?

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, Forward, 06/04/2019

Can we, or do we, see past the labels to create an inclusive community where those born in the margins need not remain there? The story of Ruth raises issues that are atypical from much of our biblical narrative, and Gleanings: Reflections on Ruth, a new anthology of modern commentaries on Ruth, edited by Stuart Halpern (Yeshiva University Press/Koren Publishers 2019), seeks to answer some of those questions.

Light and Sweet

Leah Koenig, Tablet, 06/04/2019

Because I primarily ate rice pudding at these diners, the dish always felt more connected to my Midwestern roots rather than my Jewish heritage. But while researching dishes to include in The Jewish Cookbook—my forthcoming collection of global Jewish recipes—I discovered that rice pudding has a definitive place in the Jewish kitchen, particularly within Sephardi cuisine.

Salonican Shavuot Traditions

Ty Alhadeff, Jewish&, 05/24/2017

Sephardic memory and tradition at Shavuot.

From Spain to Salonika, a Disappearing Shavuot tradition revisited

Ronit Treatman, Times of Israel, 06/12/2016

A Greek-Sephardic custom until the Nazis decimated the community, will the ‘bread of the seven heavens’ soon be the crumbs of history?

Greek Burekas, A Treat at Shavuot or Year-Round

Marcia Weingarten, Jewish&, 06/09/2016

In our Sephardic community, our roots being Ottoman Rhodes, we make a few special dairy foods for the occasion; sutlach, a creamy rice pudding is one, and burekas, a community and family favorite, is another.

Soulfood for Shavuot

Michael W. Twitty, Jewish&, 06/06/2016

One of the things I like to emphasize about my KosherSoul side is that both the Jewish and African diasporas have been absorbed and have absorbed all of the places we have been.

Finding the Calling of My Soul, A Conversion Story

Avigail Rivkah Hasofer, Jewish&, 05/17/2016

The journey to Judaism was not easy. After about two and half years of regularly attending services, on January 1, 2006 both my son and I went to the mikvah and took on Jewish life on a higher level.

How to Welcome the Stranger: A Modern Midrash

Rabbi Juan Mejia, Jewish&, 05/18/2015

1 in 6 contemporary Jews are new to Judaism. How are we supposed to welcome these converts? Rabbi Juan Mejia, a convert himself, provides a modern reading of the biblical story of Ruth to find some guidance.


Aliyah profile: A Book of Ruth story

Shekhiynah Lar, , 01/01/1970

“I believe that the Book of Ruth is my story,” says Devorah. “Ruth is always referred to as a Moabite. Even though she says, ‘Where you go, I’ll go, and your people is my people.’

On Shavuot, the Book of Ruth Offers Doctors a Prescription for Compassion

Benjamin W. Corn, Tablet Magazine, 06/03/2014

Perhaps along with its other names, the holiday of Shavuot, might come to be known as the Celebration of Compassion.

La Reyna del Flan: My Shavuot Offering

Jenny, The Cuban Reuben, 05/14/2013

Why I love Jews by Choice

Rabbi Dan Moskovitz, Jewish, 05/23/2012

At Shavuot, as we remember the story of Ruth, the first convert, we also remember that every student who comes to us for conversion is different and has a unique and very personal story.

Do we really love Ruth?

Elyse Goldstein, The Canadian Jewish News, 05/01/2012

At the end of this month, we’ll celebrate Shavuot, and we’ll read the Book of Ruth. We boast that this story is about welcoming the stranger, about the pure intent of the Jew-by-choice, about the love for Judaism a convert has.

Amigos in San Miguel de Allende: A Shavuot Story of Conversion

Rabbi Daniel Mehlman, Jewish Journal, 06/01/2011

Their stories were remarkable; we felt privileged to hear and witness them. Each personal journey was both a struggle and an epiphany.

Diversity rules at one-of-a-kind Shavuot festival

Dan Pine, J Weekly, 05/28/2004

Sponsored by Be’chol Lashon (“In Every Tongue”) of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research, the free festival was geared toward Jews who don’t fit the profile of white Yiddishkeit European. The day featured workshops, children’s activities, food and drink, a book fair and the pleasure of truly diverse Jewish company.