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08/30/2016 - 11:43 | | Travel Writer | Travel
The historic synagogue in Metz, in the French region of Lorraine. Wikimedia Commons

The eastern French region of Lorraine — home of the quiche — harbors all kinds of treasures amid its medieval walls, elegant chateaux and golden hillsides, where champagne grapes flourish under a hot autumn sun. Over the centuries, boundaries shifted back and forth between countries; local dialects, mixing Germanic, Gallic and Sephardic elements, evolved alongside a complex Jewish heritage.

08/23/2016 - 17:08 | | The JW Q&A
Society for Humanistic Judaism’s new head Paul Golin to open first office here.

Paul Golin is the new executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (www.SHJ.org), the congregational arm of the Humanistic Jewish movement in North America. He previously served as associate executive director of Big Tent Judaism (formerly the Jewish Outreach Institute) and is co-author of “Twenty Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren to Do (And Not Do) to Nurture Jewish Identity in Their Grandchildren,” (Torah Aura Production, 2007). The interview was conducted via email.

08/23/2016 - 13:26 | | Travel Writer | Travel
Verdant central Chișinău is split at the core by Stefan The Great Boulevard and Stefan the Great Central Park and the Public

Whenever we find ourselves someplace my husband regards as particularly ugly or unappealing, Oggi declares, “I’d rather live in Kishinev.”

08/23/2016 - 13:25 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View
Ted Merwin

While the vast majority of Israelis are secular, one would never know it from the rock and pop songs that are dominating the country’s music scene these days — tunes that are filled with religious references, efforts to connect with divine energies and longing for release and redemption. As the renowned Israeli intellectual Yossi Klein Halevi (author of the award-winning “Like Dreamers,” about the Israeli paratroopers who reconquered the Western Wall during the Six-Day War) put it last month at a rabbinic conference in Jerusalem, “Israel’s most secular art form is becoming its most religious one. And its most Israeli art form is becoming its most Jewish one.”

08/16/2016 - 12:08 | | Travel Writer | Travel
cert series at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston. CONCERT CREDIT: Via Facebook

I didn’t know who Hank Williams was when I first listened to Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song,” with the perplexing lyrics: “I said to Hank Williams, How lonely does it get? … Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet.”

08/16/2016 - 12:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person
Noel Rubinton

It’s rare for great people to turn up in your life at precisely the right moment.

I didn’t recognize it immediately but such was the case when I met Rabbi Neil Kurshan at the Huntington Jewish Center, on Long Island, more than two decades ago. Newly married and anticipating the birth of a child, I was interested in drawing closer to Judaism. 

08/09/2016 - 16:30 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View
George Robinson

We are bombarded daily by images and data. You could hardly call the plethora of numbers and text “information.” That would imply that some utility attaches to it.

08/09/2016 - 15:21 | | Travel Writer | Travel
A lighthouse in Door County, Wis. Wikimedia Commons

Depending on the crowd you run with, it can feel as though everyone you know this summer is on the East End of Long Island, hanging with the president and the first family on the Vineyard, or down the Jersey Shore.

08/09/2016 - 11:12 | | JTA | The JW Q&A
New Yesha Council leader Oded Revivi. Courtesy of Avi Hyman Communications

With the recently launched French peace initiative, and possibly a regional peace push, looming, the Yesha Council, the umbrella group for Israeli settlements, last month appointed a new chief foreign envoy to make the settlers’ case to the world. Lt. Col. (res.) Oded Revivi, 47, former mayor of the West Bank settlement of Efrat, sat down with JTA last week to discuss his plans for the job.

08/04/2016 - 10:43 | | A Rabbi's World
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

On his show this week, Stephen Colbert said that he goes into each program wanting to talk about something other than Donald Trump, but somehow or other he’s always pulled back into the vortex. I feel somewhat the same way. I sit down to write wanting to talk about something else, anything else, but it’s hard to avoid talking about Donald Trump. Every day the story gets richer, and more bizarre.