Jeremy Caplan


Om-Shalomers Come of Age

By Jeremy Caplan

Last month, Sara Mishra celebrated her bat mitzvah with a little laining and a little lamb. Mishra, 13, read from the Torah at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, a Reconstructionist synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, before she and her family and friends piled onto school buses and drove to Utsav, an Indian restaurant in Midtown.Read More


Fish ’Net

By Jeremy Caplan

With bagels and lox stuffed into his suitcase, Eli Levy used to travel back from New York to his home in Aventura, Fla., with a weekend’s supply of traditional Jewish brunch food in tow. But between such trips, Levy would find himself hungering for a fix of fancy fish from Barney Greengrass on the Upper West Side. Like FranklinRead More


Mister Softee’s Kosher Kin Gets Warm Welcome

By Jeremy Caplan

Up and down the streets of London’s most Orthodox neighborhoods, Rafi Fuchs drives a van that has kids giving chase, yarmulkes flapping in the wind. Europe’s first kosher ice-cream truck sells only one flavor: vanilla. But that was good enough to sell some 3,000 cones on hot afternoons in Golders Green this summer, when the truck first took toRead More


Meet the Israelis: Summering in America

By Jeremy Caplan

The night before Rana Abu Frieh left Israel for the first time, the 16-year-old Bedouin cried as some 50 relatives crowded into her small home to offer farewell presents. Frieh was leaving her village of Rahat, south of Beersheba, to attend this summer’s July-August session of Camp Shomria in Liberty, N.Y.“Some of my relatives found it strangeRead More


Forbidden Fruit Crops Up Far From Eden

By Jeremy Caplan

Far from the Garden of Eden — on the streets of New York — the forbidden fruit is cropping up in liquid form. And one Upper West Side Jew is set on spreading the word.Stepping into Brite, a trendy new bar in Manhattan, Gidon Coll approaches owner John Libonati on a recent summer night. With a sheepish smile, Coll hands him a bottle of OriginalRead More






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