More December Holiday Links


Ellyn Bache, author of eight novels including Safe Passage, which was made into a movie with Susan Sarandon, sent us anholiday miracles cover email yesterday. She’s put Holiday Miracles, a novella she wrote about Christmas and Hanukkah in an interfaith family, on the web as a downloadable .pdf file. We put a link to the book at our brief review of it from when it was first published. I’m hoping that if you download the book, you’ll come back to our review page to leave your own review in the comments there.

Another more serious holiday priority for a lot of people is giving charity. I have been following the growing scandal attending the arrests of hundreds of undocumented workers at Agriprocessor’s, the nation’s largest kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. As a Jew I have found it hugely distressing–and I’m not the only one. Many Jews have wanted to donate to St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Postville because they have done the most to help the families of the arrested workers. Jay at the Modern Mitzvot blog posted a link to a Jewish charity that is helping hungry people in Postville, including providing kosher food to the Jewish employees of the slaughterhouse who have been left destitute. The Jewish Daily Forward has recognized the priest of St. Bridget’s, Paul Ouderkirk, in its Forward 50. If you have Catholic in-laws and you are trying to figure out what to get them for Christmas, how about a letter acknowledging your donation to this Catholic church?

One thought on “More December Holiday Links”

  • My friend Yehonatan Elazar, who characterizes himself as a Caribbean Sephardic Jew, has just completed an album of Sefardic favorites. A Jazz saxophonist, the album is played in the Latin Fusion style.

    Yehonatan’s desire to share this beautiful gift of music with everyone. He’s noticed that music unites cultures and frequently dreams of the “Golden Years” of Spain, where Jews, Christians, and Muslims were at peace with each other. Today he strives to make this the goal of his music. I strongly support his efforts and encourage his career.

    This is great holiday season music and I urge everyone to surf over to his MySpace page ( and to his page ( to listen to a few samples. These are some of the best Sefardi instrumental music arrangements I’ve heard in a long time.

    Braxas i Salud!

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