On Smorgasbord Judaism

Friday, October 31st, 2008

It’s understandable that people who are concerned about the future of Jewish life tend to be passionate and emphatic when discussing intermarriage.


But often, when expressing their legitimate concern about this topic people can go over the top.


My Back Pages

05/05/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
My grandparents came from Grodno. That's what I learned from my mother and aunt while growing up. My grandfather, who died on his synagogue steps in Buffalo two years before I was born, and my grandmother, who died the spring before I entered college, had been born and raised in the city in the Polish-Russian-Lithuanian Pale of Settlement that we collectively knew as the Old Country. They came, according to family legend, early in the 20th century.

On Top Of The World

06/03/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
If only the Barts had scaled Mount Everest on the High Holy Days. Instead, the mother (Cheryl) and daughter (Nikki) from Sydney, Australia, were on the world’s highest mountain during Passover, part of a two-month expedition on which they reached the summit last week and made history. They became the first mother-daughter team to scale 29,035-foot-high Mount Everest, as well as the tallest peak on all seven continents.

This Year In Belgrade

04/24/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Belgrade: "Don't be offended," said the rabbi's wife on the telephone, "but..." It was the part after the "but" that had me worried.

Teaching Safety First

03/13/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In the weeks before Passover, the thoughts of many Jewish families turn to the guests they'll invite to the seders and the holiday dishes they'll shlep out of storage. Some New York Jews will think about appliance cords and electrical outlets. As part of its mandate to educate the Jewish community about fire safety, The Ahava Project will distribute Passover-related safety warnings at several local Jewish day schools prior to the first seder on April 16.

Hard Times Meet JCPA: Jewish Group Braces for Deeper Recession

02/24/2009 - 19:00
Washington Correspondent

Reports from the field will be grim when delegates to this year’s Jewish Council for Public Affairs plenum gather in Washington on Sunday — the first major Jewish meeting since the economic furies hit full force and the first since the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

In Detroit, soaring unemployment, home foreclosures and bankruptcies are battering a proud, prosperous Jewish community, and local agencies — already facing budget cuts — are scrambling to keep up.

Different Kind Of Passover

03/23/2006 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Come this time of year, Jewish thoughts turn to the ancient Hebrews' rescue from slavery and Passover traditions.

Mixed Record On Return Of Property

04/29/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Lublin, Poland — On the first two nights of Passover, the ground floor of a former medical academy near Lublin’s historic Old City was crowded by early evening with members of the Jewish community. Children played for hours in the hallways while senior citizens schmoozed in a small office. After sundown, joined by other members of the community and a Jewish choir from Warsaw, they filed into a social hall for the seders; afterward, they stayed to play and shmooze some more.

Poland Confronts History

04/22/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Warsaw — The Jews of Poland marked an important anniversary last week, and the world paid attention.

When These Beasts Feast, Hold The Yeast

04/22/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
What does a 14,000-pound elephant eat? Anything he wants.
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