Conservative Judaism's New ‘Context’ For Adult Ed

JTS rolls out ambitious curriculum that resembles the Me’ah program.
09/27/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

This fall, the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary expects to enroll several hundred new students, most of whom will never actually walk through its Upper Manhattan doors.

JTS’ Context course is similar to the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, above, a program that has a loyal following yet is more

Oasis Fruit

Jujubes once took center stage at Algerian Rosh HaShanah celebrations.
Special to the Jewish Week
09/07/2010 - 20:00

The French-Algerian author Albert Bensoussan remembered a clear moment from his childhood during Rosh HaShanah. His mother, busily shopping in the Arab marketplace, let go of his hand for a brief moment. Little Albert was lost, with a cone-shaped news-paper filled with jujubes (pronounced juJOOB) in hand. To the young Algerian boy, jujubes were equivalent with Jews, right down to the alphabetical resonance.

Grosser, Krivoi Rog district, Ukraine, c. 1930. PHOTO: AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE

One Prophet, No Gain

08/09/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The “prophet” Murray rails at the excesses of the Jewish community. The targets of the “prophet” Murray are garish bar mitzvah ceremonies, non-Jewish names stuck on Jewish children, and look-alike synagogue buildings. The “prophet” Murray also makes a case against the clannishness of Brooklyn.

The quotes around Murray’s title are more real than Murray is.

Non-prophet venture: Biblical-style book offers gentle satire of American Jewish community.

Remembering Two Scholars’ Contributions

06/07/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Two seemingly unrelated events that occurred recently made me think about how related they actually were. One was the death of the great Bible scholar Moshe Greenberg in Israel last month; the other was the publication of a new biography of the prominent American Zionist leader Abba Hillel Silver. Greenberg was born in 1928 and made aliyah in 1970; Silver was born in 1893, and though he helped found the State of Israel, he never settled there. Greenberg probably knew of Silver’s activities, but it’s unlikely the two ever met.

Jewish Inmates Say Torah Now Banned

07/19/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The war on terror has spread to America’s federal prisons — and Jewish inmates appear to have become unintended victims. Fearful that some religious books — particularly those of Muslims — might promote “violence and radicalization,” the federal Bureau of Prisons has removed all but 150 books per religion from its prison chapels. As a result, Jewish inmates who have long had access to hundreds of Jewish books, complain that now even the Torah is denied to them.
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