Jewish Girl – Yelena

(Jewish Girl of the Year Voting Page) Yelena on why she should be Jewish Girl of the Year: I try to be the person the Jewish community helped me become; accepting of all for who they are, welcoming and social, selfless in the support of others, and grateful for life’s gifts. My time volunteering and […]

What It Means To Be The Chosen People

Will Gotkin What It Means To Be The Chosen People August 6, 2010 This week’s Parsha instructs the Jewish people: “For you are a holy people to Hashem, your G-d, and Hashem has chosen you for Himself to be a treasured people, from among all the peoples on the face of the earth” (Devarim 14:2). […]


Jewish Girl – Abigail

(Jewish Girl of the Year Voting Page) You recently moved to D.C., right?  How do you like it so far?  What about the D.C. Jewish community? I love DC so far. There is such a vibrant young Jewish community here. And lots of cute and intelligent Jewish boys! Thursday night:  Adams Morgan vs. Dupont vs. […]

Jewish Guy – Marcelo

I heard you’re from Puerto Rico, what do you miss (or not miss) most about it? And what’s the Jewish community like there? There are certainly little things I miss about Puerto Rico, such as the old San Juan area, the FOOD, and the colors.  More importantly, I miss my family and friends! I’m glad […]

Roasted Broccoli With Garlic

Jill Aronovitz Roasted Broccoli With Garlic July 19, 2010 Few side dishes are as simple and quick as roasted broccoli with garlic. After being away for a week, I had to rush through my refrigerator on Friday afternoon to find something to quickly prepare for that night.  The broccoli heads in the vegetable bin saved […]

A Perfectly Imperfect World

Will Gotkin A Perfectly Imperfect World July 13, 2010 Have you ever wondered why we live in such an imperfect world? As wonderful as it is, life can be full of hardship and confusion. Hashem, the Creator of the universe is absolutely perfect. How do we reconcile this with the fact the world is not? […]

A Poem

Sheryl Burstein July 7, 2010 This morning I sat outside For the sole reason Of hearing my thoughts Loudly echo between my ears I watched the sunrise As the morning sky was filled with gold and pink They were the most brilliant colors The ones that dreams are made of And as I watched the […]

Jodi Returns From Israel.

GTJ Director of Marketing, Jodi Tirengel just returned from a Birthright Young Alumni Leadership trip to Israel. You can read Jodi’s post about the group’s trip an Ethiopian Absorption Center here: And you can see the trip’s entire blog here: Stephen

Nighttime Prayer — All Is In Order

Ayin Tove Nighttime Prayer — All Is In Order July 2, 2010 In the evening, we recognize in the first blessing of the Shma that G-d has given order to the universe: “umsader et hacochavim b’mishmorotahem” (and has ordered the stars in their watches). Literally, G-d’s act of creation has created order. A priori, this […]

Israeli Salad

Jill Aronovitz Israeli Salad June 29, 2010 Due to the heat of the summer, I’ve made a lot of light salads in the past few weeks. Fortunately, the produce and fresh vegetables at the grocery story have looked so amazing that the trend has been easy to continue. This week I made I made an […]

Societal Education

Stephen Richer Societal Education Balak Numbers 22:2 — 25:9 June 25, 2010 Everybody’s doin’ a brand new dance now (C’mon baby do the loco-motion) I know you’ll get to like it If you give it a chance now (C’mon baby do the loco-motion) My little baby sister can do it with ease It’s easier than […]

Tithing: Not Less, Not More

Ayin Tove June 24, 2010 Tithing: Not Less, Not More Rabban Gamliel taught: “Make for yourself a teacher, remove yourself from doubt, and do not tithe more through estimation.” Avot 1:16. In other words, Rabbi Gamliel is saying that tithing (giving a one tenth portion, e.g., of certain foods) as a charitable offering is an […]

Tomato Eggplant and Mozzarella Salad

Jill Aronovitz Tomato Eggplant and Mozzarella Salad June 23, 2010 For Father’s Day this past Sunday, I made a dish that my Dad has always loved: Tomato Eggplant and Mozzarella Salad. The dish is light and refreshing, so it’s great for the summer. It’s also easy to make. There’s a minimum amount of cooking, and […]

Kosher — A Diet For The Soul

Will Gotkin Kosher — A Diet For The Soul June 22, 2010 In English, the word kosher (derived from the word kashrut) literally means ‘fit.’ In contemporary American society many of us are focused on physical fitness. Perhaps more than ever before, people are encouraged to watch what they eat, exercise, and keep their bodies […]