Tamar Snyder

From Flash Drive To Tiny, Modular Phone

08/06/2008
Staff Writer
It’s a presenter’s worst nightmare: after fiddling with the PowerPoint for weeks, the big day arrives, everyone gathers in the conference room, and dozens of expectant eyes stare down at you. But the computer won’t boot. And it suddenly dawns on you — with a shudder — that you don’t have any backup.    

The Next ‘Crocs,’ Direct From Tel Aviv

07/23/2008
Staff Writer
Sick of donning those goofy, “clown shoes with holes” known as Crocs — but can’t resist the obvious comfort factor? Well, there’s a new plastic sandal in town, and it’s direct from Israel. The Hoki sandal, popularized by Tel Aviv-based former executive producer Shlomit Slavin, has hit boutiques on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Park Slope, and can be purchased online at Ravinstyle.com.     

Next-Gen Cellphones To Have Israeli Ring

07/09/2008
Staff Writer
Take a good, hard look at the cellphone in your pocket. Whether you’re an avid text messager or you’ve only recently learned how to change your ring tone to something snazzy, be forewarned. Within the next year or two, your cellphone will undergo such a radical transformation that you’ll view the phone you’re currently carrying around as terribly passé. And impersonal, too.      At least that’s what dozens of Israeli startups — and their funders —are betting on.   

Ramaz Pulls Plug On Condo Tower

07/02/2008
Staff Writer
Faced with stiff neighborhood opposition, the Ramaz Lower School on East 85th Street has withdrawn its controversial application for variances from the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals, The Jewish Week has learned.     Jeff Mulligan, executive director at the BSA, confirmed the withdrawal Tuesday.  

Gilad Shalit’s Facebook Friends

06/25/2008
Staff Writer
When I logged onto Facebook Tuesday, 11 of my friends had changed their “status” to indicate that they have been waiting for a man for two years.     No, not for a proposal or a change of heart. The man they are still waiting for is Gilad Shalit, one of the eight kidnapped Israeli soldiers who are still missing. They’re waiting for him to come home alive and well.    

Social Justice — An Orthodox Cause?

06/18/2008
Staff Writer
Tikkun olam,” the powerful Jewish concept of repairing the world, has long been heralded as the rallying cry of Conservative and Reform Jewry. But a growing number of Orthodox 20- and 30-year-olds are trying to revive social justice responsibilities among their Orthodox peers — not as a liberal, humanistic-driven concept, but as one steeped in Jewish tradition and halacha.      

Shidduch 2.0: Blogging For A Bashert

06/18/2008
Staff Writer
For many Orthodox singles, the road to marriage is like Snake Hill Road in Staten Island — a twisting-turning street that forces drivers to speed up, slow down, then make a few sharp turns until finally clearing the divider and proceeding (hopefully) with smooth sailing. But the “shidduch road” is not only a jerky ride at times; it’s also fraught with an endless array of rules — bewildering to even the most seasoned shidduch dater, since there’s no agreed-upon rulebook.       Until now.  

Found In Translation

06/18/2008
Staff Writer
When Rina Ne’eman tells people that she runs a Hebrew translation company, they mistakenly assume that she sits all day in a dusty library translating the Bible or that she works for the United Nations.      

36 Under 36: HEDGE-FUNDERS (and other executives) WITH HEART

05/21/2008
Special Report
Jacob Strumwasser, 24   Young hedge funder who grants micro-loans to Jewish Argentineans     For Jacob Strumwasser, it all began with a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip when he was studying at the University of Michigan. The trip helped him connect with his Jewish past and inspired him to take an active role in building the Jewish future in Argentina.     

Wikipedia 101

05/14/2008
Staff Writer
New to Wikipedia? The Jewish Week spoke with Jay Walsh, head of communications for WikimediaFoundation.org, who shed light on the rules that govern the creation of the popular online encyclopedia.     Jewish Week: Who can edit Wikipedia?     Jay Walsh: Anyone.     How do I edit Wikipedia?     Just click on the “edit this page” tab.Wikipedia encourages editors to choose usernames that are not connected to your personal identity. 
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