10/20/2016 - 10:01 | | The JW Q&A
Aly Raisman: I always made time [for Judaism] with training. ... [M]y coaches were always really respectful of it ... .

As captain of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team in the Rio and London Olympics, two-time Olympian Aly Raisman led her team to gold. She once performed a floor routine to “Hava Nagila,” and at the 2012 London games, fought for a moment of silence for the Israelis killed in the Munich Olympics. Last week, Raisman discussed her career at Manhattan’s Central Synagogue with NBC sportscaster Andrea Joyce, and then answered questions from some of the 1,400 people at the sold-out event.

10/19/2016 - 12:59 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View
George Robinson

It’s the sort of story that gets totally lost in weeks of war, presidential election campaigning and the Zika virus. Ironically, it’s the sort of feel-good story that American news-gathering organizations usually crave. For Jews, it encompasses themes of forgiveness and reconciliation that chime well with the Days of Awe.

10/19/2016 - 12:55 | | Travel Writer | Travel
The new face of San Francisco’s Mission District. Wikimedia Commons

You can still buy a $2 taco in San Francisco’s Mission District. But every year there are fewer of the ancient, fluorescent-lit taquerías that once defined dining in a Latino immigrant neighborhood, and exponentially more places for young, wealthy, tech-industry workers to buy a $15 fair trade organic chocolate bar, a $20 brunch entrée, or a $2 million condo.

10/11/2016 - 13:31 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person
Isaac Steven Herschkopf

It was my first day of school. A group of my new classmates surrounded me and asked that most critical of questions: What team do you root for?

10/11/2016 - 12:02 | | Travel Writer | Travel
A Mt. Kilauea eruption.

When you head out to see a volcano, you don’t expect it to blow up right in front of you. But there it was — Mt. Kilauea, the most active of Hawaii’s many volcanoes, spewing brilliant orange flames and puffs of ashes from its death-black cone.

10/11/2016 - 11:55 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A
Yair Lapid: “I don’t see many Palestinians … who are willing to understand that they are not going to get everything they want.”

After a career as a major television personality, Yair Lapid became the founder and chair of Yesh Atid, Israel’s largest centrist party. A member of the Knesset who serves on its Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, he also served as Israel’s finance minister. In the 2015 elections, Yesh Atid secured 11 seats, confirming its place as a major player on the Israeli political scene. The Jewish Week caught up with him recently by phone from Israel.

10/10/2016 - 11:36 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Matchmaker
Sheldon Low and Hadar Orshalimy got married in Jaffa, Israel on July 2, 2015. Courtesy of Inbal Marmari

Sheldon Low and Hadar Orshalimy make music together. The two musicians blend together both in their professional lives and in their personal lives.  Thirty years ago, they were living more than 6000 miles apart.

10/07/2016 - 12:50 | | Special To The Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

In the days and weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah, 5777, most Jewish newspapers and more than a few secular ones featured articles on how rabbis would integrate the current American presidential elections into their sermons, if at all.

10/06/2016 - 14:05 | | Travel Writer | Travel
A view of the Jaen Cathedral with olive groves in the distance. Wikimedia Commons

Olive oil is astoundingly cheap in Spain. When I visited the family olive farm of a friend in Provence a few years ago, the father was horrified and disbelieving when I told him how much I’d paid for a liter of the extra-virgin stuff back in Barcelona: about $3. “That’s impossible,” he sputtered, as he stuck $15 price tags on his hand-picked specialty oils.

10/06/2016 - 11:44 | | JTA | In the Beginning
Helping Shimon Peres, right, write a UN speech earned Ben Harris a letter of recommendation from the then-foreign minister. JTA

It was 9 o’clock on a weekday evening and I was lounging around my Brooklyn apartment in pajamas when the call came summoning me to a Midtown Manhattan hotel. Shimon Peres needed a speechwriter; I was a speechwriter at the time for Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.