New Year's Day

UJA-Fed. Goes Green

Task force reducing agency’s carbon footprint at offices as well as network agencies.

02/04/2009
Editorial Intern

These days the UJA-Federation of New York is trying to make less of an impact — on the environment, that is.
The charity launched a Greening Initiative last week, working to bring environmentally friendly changes to its own offices, and to encourage network organizations to follow suit.
Almost every aspect of operations in the organization’s Manhattan office building, as well as in its beneficiary agencies, has been turned upside down to see how it can be made more Earth-friendly.

Anxious At The Syrian Border

10/11/2007
Israel Correspondent

Camp Ziouani, Golan Heights — It started last spring when grazing sheep crossed to the Israeli side of the invisible Golan Heights disengagement border, bringing Syrian herdsman face to face with IDF soldiers on heightened alert after the Lebanon war.

The Art Of Letter Writing

01/02/2008
Jewish Week Book Critic

Sam Fink loves the letters of the alphabet. He’s drawn to their forms as well as the words and sentences they create, the ideas they bring into being. A true man of letters, his talent is in using the symbols of the alphabet to make art that is grounded in words and goes beyond words.

Great Grapes For ‘09

01/26/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

For a wine critic, the first column of a new year is often a good opportunity to remember the best — and try to forget the worst — wines tasted in the previous year. While it is impossible to taste all of the more than 1,300 kosher wines produced around the world, the past year has given me the opportunity to taste some truly splendid wines, from bold Napa Valley reds to bubbly bruts made in the heart of Champagne. So for this month’s Fruit of The Vine, what follows is my Top Ten list for 2009.

Endings and Beginnings…

08/29/2008
Special to the Jewish Week

The imminent arrival of the Hebrew month of Elul is invariably a wake-up call to all of us.  Aside from the obvious- that Rosh Hashanah is four weeks away- there are also, of course, subliminal messages that come with a time of penitence and sober introspection.

We are in a time of endings, and of beginnings.

No Problem Finding a Minyan Here…

01/01/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Last week I wrote about how (outside of Bethlehem, Nazareth, etc. of course), Christmas was basically invisible here in Israel, where I am visiting.  New Year’s Eve celebrations are a bit different.  In Tel-Aviv, there were parties and celebrations long into the night.  In Jerusalem, where I am, other than the American kids who are here for the year, it was pretty much a night like all others.   I can’t say as I missed all the hoopla too very much.  It was oddly calm…

They’ve Got A Nit To Pick

Staff Writer
10/20/2009

Every Rosh HaShanah, as Dalya Harel welcomes friends and relatives from abroad into her home from abroad, she eagerly awaits the arrival of some other New Year favorites — apples, honey and head lice.

“It’s a very busy season,” she said. “I had guests from Israel, and I cannot tell you what they brought me.”

Putting A Mitzvah On Ice

 Monday, January 4th, 2010

Note: I rather cavalierly stated below that the people who go swimming in the ocean during the winter do not seem to do so when there are no cameras around. I stand corrected. For the record, at least one of these groups meets every Sunday during the winter.

 

Anyone who watches or reads the news in New York has to be aware of the Polar Bears, that wacky group of folks who annually celebrate the new year by jumping into the icy Atlantic from Coney Island beach.

 

Israel Experience The Reform Way

05/21/2004
Staff Writer
Throughout high school, Max Chaiken kept asking his parents if he could go to Israel and they kept saying no.   First, the Teaneck teen was supposed to go through his Reform summer camp, but the trip was canceled — along with all Reform youth trips to Israel — because of the intifada.

For Jewish Politics, A Decade Of Declines

Civil liberties, Jewish power, unity on Israel, confidence in elected officials all took hits in a period scarred by 9/11.

12/24/2009
Assistant Managing Editor

At the end of the 1990s, the nation seemed to want nothing more than a scandal-free White House and reassurance that computers wouldn’t go haywire when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.

But a decade later, the political landscape has been radically transformed, and several important narratives have unfolded that will change Jewish life in America forever.

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