Lisa Amand


A Year After Sandy, Brighton Beach Struggles To Get Back on Feet

By Lisa Amand

A Year After Sandy, Brighton Beach Struggles To Get Back on Feet
Hurricane Sandy teamed up with a wobbly economy to devastate Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach. Even a year later, the Jewish neighborhood is struggling to get back on its feet.Read More


Nigerian Buka Gets Authentic (Jewish) Touch

By Lisa Amand

Nigerian Buka Gets Authentic (Jewish) Touch
Getting Nat Goldberg to stop for a minute is no small feat.Read More


Meet Ezra Goldstein, the Oracle of Literary Brooklyn Community

By Lisa Amand

Meet Ezra Goldstein, the Oracle of Literary Brooklyn Community
Ezra Goldstein is much more than a bookstore owner. He’s a beacon for readers and a magnet for countless writers who live within a stickball bat’s swing of his Park Slope store.Read More


Q&A: Susie Fishbein on Her Newest Cookbook

By Lisa Amand

Q&A: Susie Fishbein on Her Newest Cookbook
When I talked to cookbook author Susie Fishbein in September, she was at home in Livingston, New Jersey poised to whip up her mother’s recipe of peach cake with soy milk for Shabbat dinner.Read More


Restaurants Serve Up Yom Kippur Break Fast

By Lisa Amand

Restaurants Serve Up Yom Kippur Break Fast
After a long day of prayers and atonement, the Yom Kippur fast ends at sunset and Jews gather to Break Fast and break bread.Read More






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