Religion

Jewish Democrats blast Palin, so what else is new?

I generally stay out of the 'hit-Sarah-Palin-for-the-stupid-things-she-says thing because ...well, it's just boring, there's so many of them.

And stories about the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) criticizing Republicans are real yawners. It's their job, after all.

Tim Boxer - Dr. Ruth To Rabbi Schneier: 'Rewire, Don't Retire'

06/25/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Park East Synagogue on the Upper East Side this month celebrated its 120th anniversary and the 80th birthday of Rabbi Arthur Schneier who has served since 1962.

Rabbi Israel Lau, former chief rabbi of Israel, told the 800 dinner guests that "80 is just a beginning. Moses began his mission as leader of the Jewish people at 80. So don't give up."

Schneier said he's not slowing down, especially after Dr. Ruth Westheimer urged him, "Rewire, don't retire."

Elisabeth and Rabbi Arthur Schneier with Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Photo-Tim Boxer

Jewish Activists Sail Flotilla For Shalit To UN’s Backyard

06/24/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Waving Israeli and U.S. flags and posters of Gilad Shalit, hundreds of Jewish activists on eight ships sailed up the East River to the United Nations on Thursday to call for action on behalf of the Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas for four years.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations organized two large passenger boats and several groups joined the flotilla on sailboats and other pleasure craft as it rounded lower Manhattan from the West Side. The flotilla set sail on the eve of the fourth anniversary of Shalit’s capture.

Photo: Michael Datikash

Will Women-Only Torah Study Soon Become Old-School?

The most remarkable aspect of the first full-time co-ed learning program just ending at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, a pioneer in advanced Torah study for women, is how unremarkable it felt.

I visited the experimental program for college and graduate students spending the month of June in a “student immersion program” that combined Talmud and philosophy in examining “the relationship between spirituality and community involvement and action,” according to the program description.

“Radical centrism” and the Jewish community

Does hyper-polarized America need a new “radical centrism” to get us past the stale ideologies of both right and left and the resulting national paralysis?

ON REAL ESTATE

Staff Writer
06/23/2010

 Manhattan’s Most Sophisticated Rental Property –
The Corner at 200 West – Offers 45 Unique Layouts,
Top-of-the-Line Amenities and a 10,000-Square-Foot Roof Terrace.

Rising 20 stories and located on the iconic corner of 72nd Street and Broadway in the heart of the Upper West Side, The Corner at 200 West is Manhattan’s newest and most sophisticated residence, providing a magnetic addition to the luxury rental market. Open just three months, the property has already leased more than 50% of its 196 apartments. 

Inside The Gay-by Boom Family

Q&A with Susan Goldberg,
editor of ‘And Baby Makes More.’

Staff Writer
06/23/2010

 Susan Goldberg and Chloë Brushwood Rose’s new LGBT parenting anthology “And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents and Our Unexpected Families” (Insomniac Press) is not about Jewish families, per se. However, many of the contributors weave Jewish issues into their stories. 

A freelance writer and blogger (www.mamanongrata.com), co-editor Goldberg and her partner, Rachel, live in Thunder Bay, Ontario, with their two sons, ages 5 and 3. Both boys have the same donor, Rob, who lives in a different city but visits often.

 

CBST’s ‘Gay-by Boom’

The gay and lesbian synagogue in the Village is, despite
the challenges, welcoming an explosion of children.

Associate Editor
06/23/2010

 This fall, when I embarked on a quest to find a Hebrew school for my kids, I did not expect one of the top contenders to be Congregation Beth Simchat Torah.

We are gay-friendly and the proud aunt and uncle of an adorable baby with two mommies. But my husband and I are straight — and CBST, after all, has the distinction of being the world’s largest lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgendered synagogue. 

Chai Culture

18 New York experiences every Jewish kid should seek out before adulthood.

Special To The Jewish Week
06/23/2010

 At least once a season, I stumble upon an event that reminds me of why I continue to make my home in New York City, despite high costs and tight space. The encounter generally takes me by surprise, reminding me of the rich culture that waits around so many corners.  

Get stuffed: Yonah Schimmel’s on the Lower East Side caters to kids with its pizza-flavored knish.

The Overscheduled Jewish Child

As families and children juggle multiple activities, congregations seek to accommodate — and provide
a haven from — their demands.

Special To The Jewish Week
06/23/2010

 Traditionally, when Jewish children first learn their Hebrew letters they’re given candy or honey to create a sweet association. At North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, L.I., the connection is more savory — try marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. So begins the Tuesday night Hebrew school for students in seventh grade. 

Blessing of a Friday-night meal: Family dinner takes precedence over soccer and music lessons for some local families.
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