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  • Here’s how summer camps welcome their youngest charges

    (JTA) — Wondering if your child is ready for overnight camp? A sure sign, according to Karen Alford, a sleepaway camp consultant, is that he or she has grown tired of day camp. “At 9 [or going into fourth grade], you’ve probably been doing day camp for several years, and there’s just a natural progression…

  • This new kosher deli may be Miami’s hippest restaurant

    MIAMI (JTA) — The first few weeks in January were meant to be a soft opening for Zak Stern’s new traditional deli. But given the massive following that Stern — better known as Zak the Baker — has garnered for his bakery, things didn’t really turn out as planned. “We call it a ‘rough opening’…

  • Susie Fishbein says goodbye to her iconic ‘Kosher By Design’ series

    (JTA) — When Susie Fishbein wrote her first “Kosher By Design” cookbook nearly 15 years ago, she saw an opening in the market for a book in the style of mainstream authors like Ina Garten and Martha Stewart. “Those were my idols,” she told JTA. As such, Fishbein dreamed of writing a kosher cookbook that featured…

  • Orthodox rabbinical student makes impressive run on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

    (JTA) — On Monday night’s episode of “American Ninja Warrior,” Orthodox rabbinical student Akiva Neuman competed with his yarmulke, tzizit and a T-shirt that showed a muscular rabbi lifting a Torah over his head. “Usually ‘rabbi’ goes along with ‘pot belly,’ so I’m gonna try and change that,” Neuman, a resident of the Queens borough…

  • Meet the Orthodox ‘American Ninja Warrior’ training to be a rabbi

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Like his fellow competitors on “American Ninja Warrior,” 25-year-old Akiva Neuman pushed himself to his physical limits — climbing, jumping and running through an intense obstacle course — in the hopes of making it to the national finals in Las Vegas. But unlike the dozens of athletes who competed with him at…

  • Covered-up chic: Modest swimwear is having a moment

    (JTA) — Sara Wolf was running around a water park in an oversized T-shirt when she became acutely aware of the need for a “less frumpy” yet covered-up swimwear option. So she and Daniella Teutsch, a former fashion industry colleague, launched HydroChic, a swimwear company for women who want to enjoy the water and stay…

  • Synagogue condos: If you lived here, you could be praying by now

    NEW YORK (JTA) — If there’s one story that sums up the changes afoot on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a once heavily Jewish neighborhood, it’s the saga surrounding the Anshei Meseritz synagogue. The Orthodox shul at 415 E. Sixth St. is a relic of a time when “tenement” synagogues — so named for the…

  • These Orthodox Jews use karate to defend the faith

    NEW YORK (JTA) — On a recent Sunday evening at a Jewish center in Brooklyn’s Midwood section, dozens of boys and men — ages 5 to 40-something — practice their kicks, strikes and jabs. They are clad in the usual all-white uniform, tied at their middles with cloth belts — mostly white, but some yellows…

  • Oscars red carpet preview: Modesty is the new sexy

    (JTA) — Pity Jennifer Lopez. As far as memorable red carpet moments go, she set such a high bar at the 2000 Grammys with her now-legendary plunging green Versace dress that she seemed destined to never top it. But many fashion insiders (and followers) have been buzzing about the actress-singer’s Golden Globes gown earlier this month….

  • The rise of ‘Jewish-slash-something else’ restaurants

    From an Israeli-Spanish tapas joint to an Italian-Ashkenazi deli, Jewish fusion food is all the rage.