Julie Wiener

The ShirLaLa Sound

Singing her way from the Deep South to hipster Williamsburg, Shira Kline is making a name for herself.

04/13/2010
Associate Editor

Like Dafna Israel-Kotok, Shira Kline — better known by her stage name, ShirLaLa — has been singing her entire life.

The youngest of three children, Kline, 34, was raised in an “incredible Jewish home” infused with art, music and a love of Judaism.

Her dancer mother frequently hosted artists from around the world in their Monroe, La., home. Her father, Rabbi David Kline, who Kline says has “been my main teacher my whole life,” would make up song sheets for every holiday.

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Cabin Fever

Summer camp world gears up to put a Jewish child in every bunk. But how big is too big?

03/29/2010
Associate Editor

Gone are the days when summer camp was the scruffy younger sibling of the Jewish communal world.

Today, while many Jewish institutions, like day schools and synagogues, are recession-battered and scaling back, the Jewish camp movement is relatively flush and poised to expand.

Some camp leaders wonder if there is a tug of war between quantity and quality.

Gluten-Free Kosher

Passover businesses find a new market niche among Celiac-afflicted and other wheat-averse consumers.

03/23/2010
Associate Editor

Before “gluten-free” became a household word, Passover was eagerly awaited by many a non-Jew.
 
It was not uncommon for the Celiac disease-afflicted, along with others adhering to a gluten-free diet, to consult Pesach recipes year-round and, come spring, to flock to kosher supermarkets.
 

 Author Shauna James Ahern: ‘When there weren’t many gluten-free products, people would go straight for the Passover section."

The Macaron: Dessert Liberation

Associate Editor
03/17/2010

 Finally, a trendy dessert that is kosher for Passover.

Parisian macarons, delicate and chewy cookies made from egg whites, nut flour or coconut, and sugar, are being touted as the heirs to the “Sex And The City”-fueled cupcake craze.

Touted as heirs to "Sex and the City" - fueled cupcake craze

For Interfaith Couple, A Baptism Of Fire

03/11/2010
Associate Editor

Imagine opening an e-mail from your estranged husband only to discover he has, without your permission or even advance notification, had your 3-year-old Jewish daughter baptized.

This JLand Is Your Land

New ‘virtual world’
offers game-filled Jewish
education with a soft sell
for 4- to 10-year-olds.

03/05/2010
Associate Editor

‘Mommy, are you done with your e-mail yet?” my 6-year-old daughter Ellie demands, hovering behind me in our study.
A few months earlier she’d have been asking because she wanted my attention. Now, however, she’s interested in something far more alluring: the computer, specifically JLand, an online Jewish “virtual world” for kids, where she has already logged countless hours, earned hundreds of virtual gold coins and mastered various educational games.

A Jewish Club Penguin? Created by an Israeli for-profit.

This JLand Is Your Land

New ‘virtual world’ offers game-filled Jewish education with a soft sell for 4- to 10-year-olds.

03/02/2010
Associate Editor

‘Mommy, are you done with your e-mail yet?” my 6-year-old daughter Ellie demands, hovering behind me in our study.

 

A few months earlier she’d have been asking because she wanted my attention. Now, however, she’s interested in something far more alluring: the computer, specifically JLand, an online Jewish “virtual world” for kids, where she has already logged countless hours, earned hundreds of virtual gold coins and mastered various educational games.

 

A Jewish Club Penguin?  JLand is considerably more sophisticated and ambitious than other Jewish computer games.

JTS Intermarriage Workshop Signals Change On Issue

First-ever ‘sensitizing’ sessions at Conservative seminary reveal movement in transition.

02/25/2010
Associate Editor

The Conservative movement’s long war against intermarriage may be slowly drawing to a close.
For decades, as the Reform movement reached out, Conservative leaders stuck to a harder line, hoping that by doing so they could discourage Jews from marrying gentiles.

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JTS Intermarriage Workshop Signals Change On Issue

First-ever ‘sensitizing’ sessions at Conservative seminary reveal movement in transition.

02/25/2010
Associate Editor

The Conservative movement’s long war against intermarriage may be slowly drawing to a close.
For decades, as the Reform movement reached out, Conservative leaders stuck to a harder line, hoping that by doing so they could discourage Jews from marrying gentiles.

Day School Parents Now Getting Some Tuition Relief

Westchester school trims price tag for lower grades; freezes more widespread.

02/19/2010
Associate Editor

Eighteen months into the Great Recession and with record numbers of stressed middle-class parents requesting financial aid from day schools, one area school has taken the rare step of actually lowering tuition for next academic year.

Late last month, parents at Westchester Hebrew Day School got some welcome news in their mailboxes: a letter announcing that “for the first time in memory,” tuition would be reduced for the lower grades and held flat for all other grades.

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