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03/31/2015 | | Staff Writer | Lens
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A Erev Passover in Israel is not a good time for anyone with respiratory problems.

Everywhere you go, smoke gets in your lungs. And in your eyes. And all over you.

03/31/2015 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer
Josh Tyrangiel and Michael Miller at JCRC dinner. Tim Boxer/JW

Consul General Ido Aharoni came to praise Israeli-born Chaim Katzman, one of three honorees who helped raise more than $1.6 million at the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) dinner on March 25 at the Pierre Hotel.

03/31/2015 | | Travel Writer | Travel
A scene of America with a German twist: Main Street, Fredericksburg, in Texas’ Hill Country. Hilary Larson/JW

Texas isn’t an especially popular vacation destination for New Yorkers. (Many Democrats, you may recall, viewed President George W. Bush’s choice of hot, arid Midland for summer vacations as proof of his poor judgment.)

03/31/2015 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A
Galit Dayan: At family seder, the Israeli Egyptologist tells the Egyptian side of the Exodus story.

Galit Dayan, who teaches at IDC Herzliya in Israel, has a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a frequent writer and lecturer on anthropological proof that Israelite slaves lived and worked in ancient Egypt — a relevant topic with the approach of Passover. The Jewish Week interviewed her by email. This is an edited transcript.

03/26/2015 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer
Jonathan Sarna Tim Boxer/JW

The first instance of affirmative action in American Jewish history occurred when Abe Lincoln selected a New York Jew named Chemie Levy to a military position because, the president wrote, “we have not yet appointed a Hebrew.”

03/26/2015 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

My work in the pulpit rabbinate is, of course, centered on the synagogue that I serve in Forest Hills. It has been my family’s community, and my professional home, since 1981. But it is equally true that my rabbinate extends beyond the parochial walls of my congregation, involving me in many causes and projects that impact not only my community, but also the Jewish world at large.

03/25/2015 | | Staff Writer | Lens
Photo by Michael Datikash

A  carton of matzahs cost a dollar or less, and the already-declining Jewish population of the Lower East Side still stood at a few hundred thousand when the Streit’s kosher food company opened a matzah factory in four converted tenement buildings on Rivington Street 90 years ago.

03/24/2015 | | Culture Editor | Gift Guides
A gorgeous wooden bowl

For the polite Passover guest, it’s nice to show up with a dish or gift in hand. For those taking the latter route, here are a selection of gifts that have both beauty and meaning, with some fun, too.

03/24/2015 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A
Rabbi Sholom Friedmann: Museum that will emphasize Holocaust experience of Orthodox Jews will tell their story.

A ceremony marking the groundbreaking for the Kleinman Family Holocaust Education Center, a museum and research institute in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, took place Sunday. The facility, which is being housed in the upper floors of an existing building and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, is billed as the first major Holocaust museum in this country under charedi auspices. The Jewish Week interviewed its CEO, Rabbi Sholom Friedmann, by email. This is an edited version of the transcript.

03/24/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

Recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I first came to Bonaire, a Dutch Caribbean island near Curacao, more than 30 years ago. I was treating myself to a vacation where no one knew me and I was far away from the stressful life in the “big city.”