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Posted: Thu, 10/21/2010 - 11:45 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

I have to admit that at least half the time that I start those online “Survey Monkey” questionnaires, I get bored or distracted in the middle and never end up finishing them.

However, thanks to my undying loyalty to The Cause and my desire to win a $100 gift certificate to, I just finished the Jewish Outreach Institute’s survey to assess the “needs and preferences of American Jews” (or at least the needs and preferences of those American Jews who like shopping at

Posted: Wed, 10/20/2010 - 18:44 | Sacred and Insane

The Jewish Week caught up with Sharon two months into her aliyah journey. To read about her adventures from the beginning, click here.

Riding the #13 bus this morning to ulpan, I blinked my still groggy eyes to verify what I just saw – a passenger drinking a bottle of Carslberg beer at 8 in the morning.

Totally out in the open, the bearded and sidecurl-clad man touted his green glass bottle and slugged a few gulps back every now and then, with no brown paper bag to conceal what he was drinking.

Coming from New York, I didn't realize that public alcohol consumption was legal here. Or, perhaps it isn't.

Posted: Wed, 10/20/2010 - 17:21 | The RosenBlog

When young Jewish leaders form their own start-up groups and/or prayer services, are they rejecting or seeking to strengthen the community?

Posted: Wed, 10/20/2010 - 15:46 | Abigail in Love (Maybe)

I’m a sucker for a good, old fashioned egghead.

You know, the kind of man who would never play the romantic lead in the movies, on account of the fact that he is too lanky and bespectacled and introverted.

Posted: Wed, 10/20/2010 - 15:10 | Political Insider

Ha'aretz columnist Bradley Burston has a powerful, disturbing column today on Avigdor Lieberman, arguing that the Foreign Minister is “the bully in the china shop of Israel's relationship with its Arab minority” and slamming his “fascism bandwagon's snorti

Posted: Wed, 10/20/2010 - 09:58 | Sacred and Insane

The Jewish Week caught up with Sharon two months into her aliyah journey. To read about her adventures fro the beginning, click here.

Ulpan courses — the Hebrew immersion regimen offered in (and now out of) Israel — are certainly as intense as they're advertised to be.

Following a year and a half of once a week prep at Ahuva Tal Hollander's New York-based Ha-Ulpan, I took a six-week intensive course at Hebrew University's Jerusalem ulpan this summer. Now, however, that I've officially immigrated here, I'm taking advantage of the five-month free ulpan to which I am entitled as a new citizen.