June D. Bell


Hit Video Births a Sequel

By June D. Bell

The latest buzz at Tot Shabbat — and isn’t there always a grape juice-induced buzz? — is about a video that’s equal parts Baby Einstein, Jewish camp sing-along and JCC preschool fare.“OyBaby,” a half-hour of gentle Jewish songs, giddy kiddies, cheerful puppets and Hebrew vocabulary, has been quietly finding its way into the playroomsRead More


A Winemaker Is Forced To Close Up Shop

By June D. Bell

kosher winery or a Jewish education for the kids?After a decade-long juggling act, Northern California winemaker Craig Winchell was finally forced to confront just this choice. Although he has a passion for crafting kosher chardonnays and cabernets, the educational needs of his children has won out.As a result, Winchell’s GanRead More


Popular Market Chain Pulls Empire Products

By June D. Bell

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trader Joe’s supermarket chain recently decided to pull the products of the world’s largest kosher poultry provider and distributor, Empire Kosher, off the shelves of some 150 West Coast stores.Officials from both companies declined to say why Trader Joe’s, a 216-store boutique grocery chain, decidedRead More


Translating a Taxing Tale Into a Masterful Monologue

By June D. Bell

SAN FRANCISCO — A balding, middle-aged guy standing alone on a stage describing his financial troubles with two hefty volumes of the U.S. Tax Code as his only props doesn’t sound like a scintillating night at the theater.Yet Josh Kornbluth manages to weave his woes into an engrossing and humorous tale of redemption. “Love & Taxes,”Read More






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