Please do not expect deep thoughts, political editorials nor Jewish religious training here. You can, however, anticipate a slice of what makes up our everyday Jewish lives in America and reflects on our upbringing. So sit back and enjoy a potpourri, a tsimis, a “Jewish Melting Pot”….. A little bit of this, a little bit of that! And don’t be shy, we appreciate your input and we listen to you!
Our Jewish heritage is a big part of who we are. It started at the very beginning with our ancestors and the customs they created as they grew up in the Jewish home. These customs became traditions that were passed on and re-created and modified from generation to generation. Interpretations, modifications and variations were adopted and branches formed, as in any strong tree. As we ourselves grow more mature and start our own families, different customs are adopted and grow to become embraced as our own. Our homes thus become a “Jewish Melting Pot.”
With these thoughts in mind, we welcome you to this, our Jewish Melting Pot where we hope to share our cultural treasures with you, to learn from and enjoy. We hope to take you on a journey through our history and heritage, major events in our lives, a sampling of our culture, memories from our youth and most of all, our foods and recipes! [Admin: Couldn't hurt!]
We share stories and video interviews with individuals in our communities. Each focuses on memories of our Growing Up Jewish, and possibly even more treats. We do so in hoping to share our cultural treasures with you so that you may learn from them and enjoy them, as we do. So….sit back with a cup of coffee (careful not to spill on the keyboard), a bissel to nosh and enjoy reading through these pages and watching the videos.
Please feel free to join in our adventure by contributing your stories, special recipes as well any thoughts or ideas you might have and care to share via comments! We will give you full credit, including a short bio, photo and link back to your Web site, blog, Facebook page or LinkedIn profile. Check out our Guests and Authors page. You might see someone you know already! Have a photo or video to share, please, please contact us!
We celebrate holidays with food and festivities and observe holidays with prayer and some with fasting. Each holiday has its own very special meaning. One of which we are actually commanded [Admin: A possible stretch here is permissible.] to be silly!
No discussion of a Jewish home by the Jewish Melting Pot could be complete without reference to food. “Ess, Ess, Mein Kind” (Eat, eat my child!) must have been the beginning to the term comfort food. We do accept recipe submissions.
We would be remiss if we did not discuss the nature of gifts, whether that be animal sacrifices through the role of the fountain pens in a Bar Mitzvah when discussing the roles sharing take in our lives. Some of the gifts we mention are through affiliates from whom we earn a commission. Sorry, we are not endowed and look for this support, as well as to our advertisers, to keep this site up and vibrant. We appreciate your participation.
These were not on my initial checklist, I am almost embarrassed to admit. But that faux paus sure became evident in a hurry. We keep adding via our blog. Open this pdf (needs Adobe reader) or download to learn how to find humorous articles and music videos: Find Humorous Articles or Music Videos On JewishMeltingPot.com
Events we celebrate as families and communities together include marriage, birth of children, coming of age (Bar and Bat Mitzvahs), as well as passing and the rites of mourning….
Check our Calendar for holidays and local events in the general Buffalo Grove, IL area. If you have something of general local interest, let us know and we shall publish it here. Included are training and workshops for unemployed job seekers and those wishing to expand their knowledge of Web marketing.