05/20/2015 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A
Col. Jacob Goldstein: Spent nearly 40 years as an Army chaplain.

Rabbi Jacob Goldstein retired last month after 38 years as a U.S. Army chaplain having reached the mandatory retirement age of 68. He held the rank of colonel and was the longest serving Jewish chaplain in the U.S. military.

Rabbi Goldstein, who was born in a displaced persons camp in Paris after World War II, immigrated with his family to the United States shortly after his birth. He graduated from the Lubavitch Rabbinical Seminary, where he was ordained. He currently serves as an assistant commissioner of housing for New York State, as a chaplain with the U.S. Secret Service, and as chairman of Community Board 9 in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn. The Jewish Week spoke with him last week by telephone. This is an edited transcript.

05/19/2015 | | Staff Writer | Lens
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In Israel, Shavuot, a one-day holiday, is a time of family meals topped off with cheesecake, picnics and excursions to the seashore, all-night study sessions in Orthodox circles and the recitation of the Hallel prayers in many synagogues.

05/19/2015 | | Travel Writer | Travel
Post-communist immigration has changed the face of Europe. Above, a street scene in Greece.  Hilary Danailova/JW

At a seaside café near the Greek-Albanian border, during halftime of last week’s European Champions League soccer match between Barcelona and Munich, I got an unexpected lesson in the European perspective on immigration, minorities and diaspora.

05/19/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View
Dan Schifrin

We don’t know where the Torah was given, we don’t know when the Torah was given, we don’t know if the Torah was given.”

05/19/2015 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World
Rabbi Yonatan Warren, in glasses, with the family at Justin Zemser's funeral. Getty Images

When people think of rabbis, they instinctively associate them with synagogues. That’s where most people encounter rabbis – when they come to services.

05/17/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Matchmaker
Yitz and Maria Lauterbach. Courtesy of

Yitz Lauterbach met Maria Kharina in an international relations class at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Appropriately, their own backgrounds made for an interesting international relationship.

05/12/2015 | | Staff Writer | Lens
Yeshiva University

A tradition at Yeshiva University that is more than a half-century old continues this Sunday — the graduation of members of the extended Schreiber family.

05/12/2015 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer
Lt. Inbal Grintzvaig misses her twin brother. Tim Boxer/JW

Inbal Grintzvaig remembers her brother Avi so well. She says he was the average mischievous brother who was always getting into trouble growing up in Petach Tikvah. Nothing serious. Because they were twins, their parents made sure they were placed in different classes in school “so we can develop our own identity.”

05/12/2015 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A
Rabbi Nina Mandel: Reconstructionist movement faces many issues besides intermarriage.

As the Reconstructionist movement is considering ordaining intermarried students for the first time at its rabbinical school, its rabbinical association has a new leader. Rabbi Nina Mandel, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth El in Sunbury, Pa., was announced last week as the new president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. The rabbi, who was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2003, also has a master’s degree in anthropology from New York University and teaches classes in Jewish philosophy and culture, film and women’s studies at Susquehanna University.

The Jewish Week interviewed Rabbi Mandel by email. This is an edited transcript.

05/12/2015 | | Travel Writer | Travel
The Parga coast at dusk offers an inviting look of Greek scenery.  Hilary Danailova/JW

“Here,” the smiling Greek woman said, proffering a jar of burnt-amber marmalade. “It’s homemade. We call it the Jewish citrus.”