Posted: Sun, 02/01/2015 - 21:55 | Posted by: Sandee Brawarsky | Well Versed
Courtesy Ellen Bernstein

Tu B’Shevat in New York requires some imagination, in order to picture these snow-covered trees in their spring finery. Here are three last-minute ideas to celebrate the new year of trees, engage all of the senses, and give thanks. 

Posted: Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:26 | Posted by: Emily Snyder | Well Versed
David Hayes conducts the New York Choral Society.  Courtesy Dan Dutcher Public Relations

Carnegie Hall on a Sunday afternoon.  A young child sits next to an old man, while a young couple slides in next to a pair of stately aficionados. There are a few out of town visitors, but this afternoon’s presentation by the New York City Choral Society of Mendelssohn’s rarely performed “Saint Paul” is for us: the citizens of this great, and diverse city.

Posted: Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:50 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
Courtesy Jewish Lights Publishing

I try to avoid books about the Holocaust, especially those about children of survivors. As a member of the latter group, I find the books either too painful and too familiar or insufficiently painful and somehow not enough.

Posted: Tue, 01/20/2015 - 17:03 | Posted by: Diane Cole | Well Versed
Two-handled jug (amphora) signed by Ennion. Roman, 1st half of 1st century A.D. Ardon Bar-Hama

Long before the acclaimed Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly exhibited his colorfully light-infused work in a highly popular installation in Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum in 1999, another master glass blower was well-known in the ancient city: Ennion, who lived and worked in the coastal region of Phoenicia in the  early part of the first century C.E. 

Posted: Fri, 01/16/2015 - 09:31 | Posted by: Gloria Kestenbaum | Well Versed
Men's evening learning program in Makarov Kollel. Anna Chana Demidova

Chabad on the Bowery recently played host to a group of young Jews, some wearing kippot or long skirts, others less clearly Jewish-affiliated. What made this event singular was that most of its attendees were speaking Russian or Russian-tinged English.

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