Annette Gendler is a nonfiction writer. Her memoir Jumping Over Shadows is forthcoming from She Writes Press in April 2017.
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Becoming a ‘Proper Jew’ in the Kitchen

After I converted to Judaism, I learned how to make gefilte fish—two different ways, from two different women

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The Day of Broken Glass

My Chicago synagogue was vandalized on Shabbat. Hours later I went there to find solace.

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Dropping My Daughter Off at College Was More Difficult Than Sending Her to the IDF

Lessons in parenting, and the value of educational experiences

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A Flourless Hazelnut Torte for Passover

How my German grandmother's recipe became my go-to holiday dessert

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Fatal West Bank Stabbing Hits Close to Home

In Chicago, news of the murder of a 25-year-old Israeli woman reverberates

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An American Mother Visits Israel on a Mission

Sirens blare as we fill out paperwork for my daughter to volunteer with the IDF

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Can a Jew Love Christmas Music?

For one convert to Judaism, that’s the question of the season

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Kol Nidre Showed Me What It Means To Truly Belong in the Jewish Community

The Yom Kippur prayer unites everyone who hears it. Twenty-five years after I converted, it still gives me goose bumps.

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Giving Up Christmas as a Convert to Judaism

I don’t feel nostalgic about Christmas—I’ve discovered the magic of Hanukkah

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