Nancy Kalikow Maxwell


In Search of My Ethel Mertz

By Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

In Search of My Ethel Mertz
I never seriously considered becoming Orthodox. I like shrimp too much and Florida is way too hot for wigs. But I was tempted twenty years ago by one phone conversation. The Orthodox woman who coordinated the chevra kadisha (burial society) I participated in was calling to request my assistance at a taharah, ritual preparation of a body. Obviously, these events cannot be scheduled in advance. Often, frantic calls such as this one are placed to recruit volunteers at the last minute.Read More


A (Mixed) Blessing on My Jewish Head

By Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

A (Mixed) Blessing on My Jewish Head
The nuns were always blessing Nancy Kalikow Maxwell when she worked at a Catholic college. But it took a colleague’s casual ‘have a blessed day’ to really get under her skin.Read More


Wearing a Black Ribbon Helped One Jewish Widow Mend Her Soul

By Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

Wearing a Black Ribbon Helped One Jewish Widow Mend Her Soul
Some rabbis call it a shallow gimmick to mourn a loved one by wearing a ribbon. But a tiny swatch of fabric was a profound source of solace to one widow after her husband’s death.Read More


House-Hunting in Florida Suburbia Turns Into Great Mezuzah Trek

By Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

House-Hunting in Florida Suburbia Turns Into Great Mezuzah Trek
Seeking a Jewish community in Florida, a retiree finds that mezuzas on the doorpost aren’t always the best way of identifying a haimish home.Read More


A Lonely Jew at Catholic School

By Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

A Lonely Jew at Catholic School
‘Let us pray” often opens funerals and weddings, but budget meetings? When you work at a Catholic college, you come to expect getting blessed without sneezing and praying before committee meetings.Read More






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