27 Nov, 2013

Happy Chanukah! Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th, 2013|Tags: , |

  Walking through the preschool building at my son's school always lifts my spirits because I will come across funny and cute creations like these Menurkeys (= Menorah Turkey), created, in this [...]

13 Sep, 2013

My Ode to Kol Nidre…

September 13th, 2013|Tags: , |

Chicago Loop Synagogue Window Detail ...was published yesterday in Tablet Magazine: Kol Nidre Showed Me... Meanwhile I am looking forward Yom Kippur and am basking, just a little bit, in [...]

25 Mar, 2013

A Family Tradition: Hazelnut Torte (Kosher for Passover)

March 25th, 2013|Tags: , , |

My version of Oma's Hazelnut Torte on its very own cake stand, used only on Passover For every birthday of my childhood, there would be my German grandmother's Haselnusstorte (hazelnut [...]

19 Dec, 2012

A Childhood Window Recreated

December 19th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Recently, as I was rewriting a chapter from my memoir into the essay Giving Up Christmas that was published in Tablet Magazine, I leafed through a photo album of childhood [...]

14 Dec, 2012

At the Christkindlmarket

December 14th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

This is why we go to the Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago every year - to visit the giant Menorah during Chanukah, and to enjoy German delicacies from our past (My [...]

11 Dec, 2012

A Menorah in Karlsruhe, Germany

December 11th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Chanukah Menorah at the Christkindlmarkt in Karlsruhe, Germany, December 8, 2012 - photo courtesy of Juergen Schlund Today I am extra thrilled to host one of my best longtime and [...]

22 Nov, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22nd, 2012|Tags: , , |

Ceramic turkey made by my daughter I was going to make a list of all the things I am thankful for, but there are simply too many, and I am, [...]

16 Sep, 2012

My Favorite Book for Rosh Hashana

September 16th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Eric Kimmel's Gershon's Monster is my favorite book for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which we celebrate tonight. I wish my kids were still small enough to read picture [...]

6 Jan, 2012

Antebellum Homes in Huntsville, Alabama

January 6th, 2012|Tags: , |

This holiday season I didn't manage a photo trip to capture some of the kitschier Christmas decorations on Chicago's Southwest side as I had planned on my winter list. However, before [...]

28 Dec, 2011

A Menorah and a Wreath

December 28th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

Today is the last day of Chanukah, so it's high time I share this picture with you, taken at the Pritzker Military Library last week. The library overlooks Michigan Avenue [...]

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