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12/08/2016 - 12:19 | | Special To The Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World
Founding Participants in the Queens-wide Interfaith Effort. Courtesy

I live in New York City’s borough of Queens, what our Borough President Melinda Katz likes to call “the world’s borough.” On its own, Queens would be one of the largest and most populous cities in the United States, with close to 2.2 million residents. There are one hundred and twenty languages spoken here, from one hundred and thirty countries, and a million immigrants from all over the world.

12/06/2016 - 15:54 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person
Stephan M. Greenberg

Last month, in my role as chairman of Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, I was one of several people invited by members of the New York City Council to testify in support of a resolution condemning all efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel, including the global campaign promoting the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The resolution was sponsored by Bronx Councilman Andrew Cohen (D-11th) and co-sponsored by 34 other council members.

12/06/2016 - 12:23 | | Travel Writer | Travel
Winter crowds in the Torvehallerne covered market in Copenhagen. Wikimedia Commons

You know the way a lot of Jews have a crush on Christmas trees? Here’s my confession: I have a crush on European Christmas markets.

12/01/2016 - 14:51 | | Special To The Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Much has been written, quite accurately, about post-election America being in uncharted waters. We’ve never had a presidential candidate like Donald Trump, much less a President. The traditional core concerns of long-time members of both major parties seems to have undergone some kind of tectonic shift. Old alliances are now just that—old—and little that we took for granted before this presidential election can now be assumed to be a given. Actually, we’re not just in uncharted waters. We’re in uncharted waters without land anywhere in sight.

12/01/2016 - 11:47 | | Tim Boxer
Photo by Tim Boxer: ZOA president Morton Klein and Israeli Ambassador to UN Danny Danon at ZOA dinner. Tim Boxer

Nobel laureate Bob Dylan’s “Neighborhood Bully” was summoned up at the ZOA’s annual Louis B. Brandeis Award dinner on Nov. 20 when national president Morton Klein recited the opening lines:

11/30/2016 - 09:35 | | The JW Q&A
Stephen Apkon: Enemies seeking nonviolence.

Filmmaker and social entrepreneur Stephen Apkon made his directorial debut with “Disturbing the Peace,” which played here last week. The film chronicles the creation of Combatants for Peace, an organization of former enemy combatants — Israeli soldiers, many from elite units, and Palestinian fighters, many of whom have been jailed — who are now working together to promote peace. Apkon, founder and former executive director of the Jacob Burns Film Center in Westchester, spoke to The Jewish Week via email.

11/29/2016 - 15:48 | | Travel Writer | Travel
The courtyard and Gothic façade of the 14th-century Palazzo Salimbeni. Wikimedia Commons

The view over Siena’s deep green hills hasn’t changed in the two decades I’ve been visiting — and in all likelihood since Tuscan Jewry thrived in this city some 600 years ago.

11/22/2016 - 17:18 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View
Ted Merwin

Turkey may not have been on the menu for the first Thanksgiving in 1621, historians now concede, but there is no doubt that the Pilgrims feasted on the bounty of the New World. Now, almost 500 years later, the food that immigrants eat is again all the rage, but this time with a focus on the dishes and flavors that they have brought from their homelands. Jewish food, once frowned upon by “native born” Americans, is, unexpectedly, one of these trendy cuisines, with a host of Jewish millennials throughout the country reinventing “immigrant” Jewish food for the 21st century.

11/22/2016 - 15:24 | | Managing Editor | The JW Q&A
Hillel International’s Mimi Kravetz: Teaching Israel’s politics, history, arts and entrepreneurship.

11/22/2016 - 13:51 | | Travel Writer | Travel
Ottowa in winter: Commuting by ice skates. Wikimedia Commons

Gazing over the sea with a drink in hand, what overseas vacationer hasn’t fantasized about chucking it all and settling permanently in paradise?