City Winery

Grand Wine Tasting

03/10/2010 - 19:00

Pomegranate, the kosher gourmet grocery store in Flatbush, Brooklyn, will supply a half-dozen dips at The Jewish Week-sponsored Grand Wine Tasting to be held Sunday, March 14, 1-5 p.m. at City Winery, in Tribeca.

The dips — including hummus, Pomegranate’s most-popular dip — and crackers will complement some 170 wines at the event. “There’s a demand for our dips,” says owner Abraham Banda.

Grape Expectations

Staff Writer
03/01/2010 - 19:00

Swirl. Sniff. Swish. Spit.

Repeat 170 times. In four hours and change.

Welcome to the life of a time-stressed kosher wine taster.

In the basement of City Winery on a recent Thursday afternoon, five young wine connoisseurs made their way through 170 bottles of kosher wine — first aerating the wine with a gentle swirl, then swishing it around the palate, and ultimately spitting the liquid into silver wine-chilling buckets scattered across a table where they were seated.

In The Year Of Mourning

Most mornings now, I wake up with the sounds of Kaddish in my head.  It’s not surprising. For the last seven weeks, my psyche has been focused on the traditional mourners’ prayer, which I’ve been reciting at least six times a day

12/01/2009 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Most mornings now, I wake up with the sounds of Kaddish in my head.

It’s not surprising. For the last seven weeks, my psyche has been focused on the traditional mourners’ prayer, which I’ve been reciting at least six times a day in my mother’s memory.

My life seems to revolve around, and focus on, getting to synagogue on time — morning, afternoon and evening — being prepared to lead the services, and concentrating my thoughts on the concept of elevating my mother’s soul through the recitation of Kaddish.


For Liberal Jews, Sunup On A Rare Ritual

03/25/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
At sunrise on April 8, the eve of Passover, a group of Jews from the Upper West Side will gather on the roof of the JCC in Manhattan. Organized by Hazon, the New York-based group that works for a “more sustainable Jewish community,” the early-morning risers will say some prayers, do some yoga and burn some chametz. When the sun appears over the Atlantic that morning, a similar scene will take place on Miami Beach.

Owning The Seder

04/02/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In Mick Fine’s classroom, the sixth-graders are creating cartoons and board games and posters for their family’s upcoming seders. In the classroom of Nicole Levy and Vanessa Miller, the kindergarteners are putting the finishing touches on artworks that will be bound together into mini-Haggadot to be shared with their families next week. Throughout the classrooms of the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, the K-8 students are learning about the traditions of Passover in other non-traditional, hands-on ways.

‘Rav’s’ Haggadah Is Hot Order

04/02/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Each year one of the unofficial Passover traditions is the Haggadah-sales competition. New and old Haggadot, many of them issued by established publishers, vie for shoppers’ favor. This year a new Haggadah under a new imprint appears to be winning.

Crayons And Buttons:The New ‘Paper Clips’ ...

04/16/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
t’s the second generation of “Paper Clips.” A decade after the project conducted by middle school students in rural Tennessee to collect six million paper clips — in memory of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust — caught the public’s attention and became the subject of a 2004 documentary, several Jewish institutions are conducting their own collection drives. This time, it’s crayons and buttons. This time, it’s for the 1.5 million Jewish children who perished in the Shoah.

In White Mountains, Miles To Go Before We Meet

04/16/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
North Conway, N.H. — Karen Eisenberg brought the homemade chopped liver. Joan Kurz brought a bagful of bottled gefilte fish. Suzie Laskin, the charoset. And other women came to Maestro’s Italian restaurant last week, carrying yom tov staples, as the sun set over the White Mountains. It was time for the second-night seder of Chavurah HeHarim, the Jewish community of rural east-central New Hampshire and western Maine, and the restaurant staff had prepared a meal of roast chicken, tsimmes and chametz-free chocolate cake.

Kosher Baseball Fantasy

04/30/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
It was a sports dream but a food and scheduling nightmare. Ira Jaskoll is a Sy Syms School of Business associate dean who keeps his athletic career alive by taking part in New York Yankees Fantasy Camps where men over 30 — and an occasional woman — get to train with and play against former members of the storied franchise at the team’s spring training site in Tampa, Fla. But there was no kosher food and the schedule was rough on shomer Shabbat participants. So Jaskoll pitched the Yankees some ideas.

A Loss And A Gain For Tribeca Jews

06/09/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In yet another sign of the toll the economic downturn has exacted on the Jewish community, the trendy Tribeca Hebrew school — which helped re-energize Jewish life downtown after Sept. 11 — has closed its doors and merged with its neighbor, the Jewish Community Project.

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