06/23/2016 - 16:25 | | A Rabbi's World
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Come this September, my wife Robin and I will be celebrating our fortieth wedding anniversary, a relatively rare event in this era of late marriage and frequent divorce. That span of time has afforded us the precious opportunity to bring four beautiful children into this world and raise them, each different from the other, each progressing slowly but steadily from cradle to independence. It has been an unending source of stimulation, laughter, and tears. That doesn’t stop no matter how old they get.

06/21/2016 - 12:23 | | Travel Writer | Travel
Norman Rockwell’s studio on the grounds of the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. Wikimedia Commons

Summer in the Berkshires starts this week for hundreds of children at Camp Ramah, the iconic Jewish retreat that is a cornerstone of the American Conservative movement.

06/21/2016 - 12:10 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View
Ted Merwin

It was an inauspicious debut, to be sure, when I finally allowed myself to be dragged onto the stage on a recent Saturday afternoon for the Father-Daughter number in my youngest daughter, Leah’s, end-of-year dance recital in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Desperately trying to mirror the movements of the 49 other equally sheepish dads, I went down on one knee and held out my hand to a blissful 7-year-old who pirouetted, preened and posed as if she were appearing with Mikhail Baryshnikov. By the time I had to do it again that evening with her 11-year-old sister, Sarah, I felt ready to audition for “Dancing With the Stars.”

06/21/2016 - 11:51 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A
William Weld: Sees scenario for his Libertarian Party ticket winning the presidential election.

William Weld, the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president, is a former two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts who earlier served for seven years as a federal prosecutor. He is running on a ticket headed by Gary Johnson, the former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico. The Jewish Week caught up with him by phone last week a few days after the Orlando terror attack.

06/17/2016 - 10:33 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Matchmaker
Isaac Hattem, 29, met Allyson Stone, 28. Courtesy Ryan Brenizer Photography

The credit for the match goes to Rabbi Matthew Reimer.  He was the organizer of his temple’s Friday night service where Isaac Hattem, 29, met Allyson Stone, 28.

06/16/2016 - 16:05 | | A Rabbi's World
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

The horrific events of this past weekend in Orlando, where forty-nine members of the LGBT community were slaughtered en masse by a Muslim terrorist and many more were wounded, have left us all stunned and bereaved. As has been pointed out by many, this was not only a hate attack against the gay and lesbian community, but also, more widely, a terrorist strike against America’s pluralistic society and the Western culture it represents.

06/14/2016 - 13:27 | | Travel Writer | Travel
The 13th-century Turku Castle, the city’s most enduring monument. Wikimedia Commons

When the sun breaks through the clouds over Finland’s Turku Archipelago, the reward is a shimmering vista of sea, sky and rocky green islets. More than 20,000 islands, many no larger than a kiddie pool, stretch out into the Baltic Sea from the mouth of the Aura River.

06/14/2016 - 13:24 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person
Merri Ukraincik

In one of the parenting fantasies I had before I became a mother, I am standing in a kitchen much larger than mine, leaning on a countertop wiped spotless by an imaginary housekeeper. I am surrounded by a ring of daughters, and together, we are admiring the oozing babkas that have recently emerged from the oven.

06/09/2016 - 14:27 | A Rabbi's World
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Rabbis both old and new have done a pretty good job teaching about the dangers of “lashon harah,” most commonly translated as slander, or malicious gossip. The most common way this manifests itself is when the offending language is being used offstage, behind the scenes, so that the offended party is not aware of it until it comes out in a more public way.

06/07/2016 - 17:53 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View
George Robinson

I was walking through Rockefeller Center one spring afternoon about 30 years ago. There was a large knot of people in front of the NBC Building, which ordinarily wouldn’t have attracted my attention at all.