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Music Man: Detroit Jewish News Profile

Thank you Detroit Jewish News for the fantastic profile in this past week’s edition. Thank you to the article’s author Robin Schwartz, and Rabbi Jason Miller who suggested the idea.

Below is reprinted from blog.rabbijason.com.

Music Man

Jewlicious Festival Founder’s Detroit Roots

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein recalls picking up a guitar for the first time at age 10, in the late 1970s, as a Hillel Day School student growing up in Detroit’s Palmer Woods neighborhood.

His late father, Marvin Bookstein — a bluegrass musician who played six different instruments — taught young Yonah the fundamentals, opening his eyes and ears to the beauty and power of music. He spent his early years attending concerts, going to Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, and attending chamber music festivals; so it’s fitting that Bookstein, now 42, of Los Angeles is the force behind Jewlicious. The nonprofit organization hosts hip seasonal music festivals in California that attract hundreds of young Jews from across the country.

“Music unifies and inspires people,” Bookstein says. “One of the reasons I got so into creating musical events is that music was an integral part of my life as a child.”

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The Ten Minute Seder, World’s Shortest Kosher Haggadah

Want a quick Seder to do with anxious relatives or kids? Presenting the “Ten Minute Seder.” This Hagaddah is two pages long and was created to be used at a Shabbat Tent Seder. Everything that MUST be said or done at the Seder is included. In addition some favorites are included like Dayeinu. Even if you will use another Hagaddah, check out the Ten Minute Seder!

THe 10 MINUTE HAGGADAH 2012
Chag Sameach

Excerpt:

PARTICIPANT

1. What’s up with the matzoh?  2. What’s the deal with horseradish? 3. What’s with the dipping of the herbs? 4. What’s this whole chilling at the table business?

PARTICIPANTS SAY TOGETHER

We were slaves in Egypt. God lifted us out with awesome miracles. Had God not taken us out of Egypt, then what? We, and our children, and our children’s children would still be slaves in Egypt! Therefore, even if we were all wise people of understanding, all elders well-versed in the Torah, we would still be commanded to tell about the Exodus from Egypt. All people who discuss the story of Passover at length are praiseworthy

LEADER

The Torah reflects upon four types of kids: One Wise, One Evil, One Simple, and One Who Doesn’t Know How To Ask. GUIDE the wise one through the obligations of Passover. TELL the Evil One, we need you to be part of our people. EXPLAIN to the Simple One, “with a strong hand God brought us out of Egypt.” ENGAGE the one who doesn’t know how to ask, make that child feel comfortable, and tell them about the Exodus.

The No Tin Foil, User-Friendly, Going Kosher for Passover Guide

You don't need a blowtorch 🙂 - simple cleaning supplies can do the trick.

Please, leave the blowtorch in the garage. 

NEVER, ever, don’t even consider, using tin-foil to cover any surface of your kitchen except around burners of a stovetop. This is not NASA, it’s a Jewish holyday!

Getting your home and life Kosher for Passover shape seems complicated — maybe even dangerous — but it doesn’t have to be. Perhaps you love Passover and the Seders and want to take your spiritual journey to a new level, or maybe you try to clean for the holiday but feel that it is a totally impossible task — use this guide (and accompanying podcast classes) to get Passover Ready.

The process does not have to be crazy or impossible. Starting seven years ago I began publishing the Going Kosher For Passover One-Page Guide on my website. Since then it has been downloaded tens of thousands of times.

This year I did not make any changes from last year in terms of process, but I will add this piece of advice:

Do what you can, do it without stress, and every year aim to take your Passover koshering to the next level.

And if you are experienced in koshering for Passover you should still read this guide as it can help you do it more efficiently and effectively. While a blowtorch is a method some use – you can leave your’s in the garage.

Download this one page handy guide! going kosher for passover guide 2010

As an addition to the Guide, consider listening to several classes that I recorded previously that go into depth on Passover and koshering:

Going Kosher For Passover

Going Kosher For Passover – Seder Edition

Mystical Passover

May you and your loved ones have a joyous and healthy Passover!

Shabbat Lounge @ Sundance Film Festival

Join us for our annual Shabbat @ Sundance! Spend some time away from the Festival’s craziness for a Shabbat reception with the Tribe. Enjoy delicious wine and challah and a host of treats, have a chance to network and meet friends from the industry at our very own Shabbat Lounge. Sponsored by Chai Center, with support from Jewlicious.

As with everything in Sundance, we have a guest list so that we can reserve spots for people that really want to be there. If you or a friend would like to join us at this exclusive Shabbat happening, make sure to RSVP today.

RSVP Needed to sasha.jewlicious@gmail.com

See you in Park City!

Rabbi Yonah

SPONSORED BY CHAI CENTER
IN COLLABORATION WITH JEWLICIOUS