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Rocco the Hockey-Playing Jew Meets Sugar Land, Texas

The first stop on a possible rise to the major leagues for a kid from Heschel? The wilds of suburban Houston.

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Lone Star (of David) Story

A ‘moving’ tale of a synagogue being trucked across Texas

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Give Your Latkes a Taste of Texas

Hold the applesauce and skip the sour cream. Grab some pico de gallo and wrap your Hanukkah treats in a breakfast taco instead.

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A Heartbreaking Picture of Rare Genius Shows America Without Jews

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is the best film of 2014, and one of the least Jewish movies ever made

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Man Sentenced for Synagogue Bomb Threat

Faces 33 months in prison for calling in threat to Houston congregation

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‘I’m More Jewish Than You Think I Am’

Texas Governor Rick Perry boasts Semitic street cred at Los Angeles deli

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A Vegetarian Food Truck Called Shhmaltz

Quirky Jewish deli truck serves up falafel and vegan Reubens in Austin, TX

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When Stanley Marcus Invited Nazi Collaborator Coco Chanel to Dallas

In the late 1950s, the Jewish department store mogul salvaged Chanel’s reputation—and burnished his own

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Lyndon Johnson Was Scheduled To Visit My Austin Shul the Day After Kennedy Died

But in December 1963, the new president made up the date, honoring a long Jewish friendship

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Rihanna in Tel Aviv; Texas A&M’s Israel Campus

Plus Kerry says peace talks have intensified, and more in the news

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Greetings from South By Southwest

The Scroll is on location at the massive tech gathering in Austin

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Stealing Baby Jesus in Texas

A tale of teenage yuletide high jinx

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The Hanukkah Houston Hoedown

Bringing the cheer to the Lone Star State

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Kinky Friedman to Run for Texas Governor?

The cosmic cowboy may ride the campaign trail again

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My Cousin, The Barbecue Maven

The NYT gives two stars to a Lone Star restaurant

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When Granny Beat Back the Klan, Armed With an American Flag and a Frying Pan

With an American flag in her hand, my immigrant grandmother stood up to a gang of Texas roughnecks

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Praised Be GCB

The born-again ABC show offers Kristin Chenoweth, camp, and TV that doesn’t require Talmudic analysis

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The Lone Rainbow State

Today on Tablet

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Orthodox School Can Now Compete in Tournament

Basketball semifinal will be played Friday afternoon following judge’s order

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Heart of Texas

A new initiative encourages Orthodox families to move to Houston, where Jewish life is affordable—but will New Yorkers be enticed by kosher chili?

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Texas Politician Uses His Words, Fails

Should ‘probably’ insert foot in mouth

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Perry’s Ascent Heralds Israel’s Rise as Issue

Front-running Texas gov. is not playing to the Jewish crowd

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Rick Perry’s Texas-Sized Mezuzah

Write *this* on the doorposts of your house!

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Today on Tablet

Trouble in the lone star state, love for the tastebuds, and more

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Texas Tea

Joe Straus, the Republican speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, has been targeted by the Tea Party. The anti-Semitic attacks against him suggest not all politics is local.

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Jewishness Raised in Texas Speaker Race

Call for ‘Christians and true Conservatives’ instead of Straus

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Today on Tablet

Zionism goes viral, Jew v. Klan, and more

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Sex, Jews, and South Park

An educational retreat may raise more questions than it answers

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Austin Plane Crasher Mentions ‘Pound of Flesh’

Suicide note may indicate pilot’s anti-Semitism

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Sundown: The Undiplomatic Diplomat

Plus Wisse kvells over Yiddish, Israel sells itself, and more