07/23/2015 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Matchmaker
David Elias and Jackie Medintz. Tristan Scobie

They were both looking for community.  “That’s what we found at Moishe House St. Louis,” says David Elias, 30. And that’s where they found each other.  In the words of its founders:  “Moishe House is a place for young Jews to connect post-college. Moishe House is a community.” 

07/23/2015 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | A Rabbi's World
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Over the years, I have written a number of columns on the North American Jewish Choral Festival, an outstanding program sponsored by the Zamir Choral Foundation, of which I am an officer and board member. The Festival, now in its twenty-sixth year, brings together hundreds of Jewish choral singers, mostly from North America but also from Israel. For four days, they are immersed in the glories of great Jewish choral music. There is no other program like it in the Jewish world. As an alumnus of the Zamir Chorale from the late 60’s and early 70’s, I always look forward to it. It is, invariably, exhilarating.

07/22/2015 | | Travel Writer | Travel
Despite its ongoing fiscal crisis, Greece is still an inviting location for tourists. Wikimedia Commons

Are you nervous about the idea of a Greek vacation? Don’t be. Economic turmoil notwithstanding, Greece remains one of the world’s most beguiling destinations.

07/21/2015 | | Staff Writer | Lens
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If Yom Kippur is the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar, Tisha b’Av is the saddest.

The holiday commemorates the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem, the exile that followed the sacking of the Second Temple by the Romans two millennia ago, several expulsions of Jews from European countries, and other tragedies throughout Jewish history. It has come to be the date when many Jewish tragedies, including the Holocaust, are commemorated.

07/21/2015 | | The JW Q&A
Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt, parents in an Asian-Jewish family, have pioneered study of such intermarriages.   Kim-Leavitt family

Whitman College professors Helen Kim and her husband, Noah Leavitt are the leading, and virtually only, experts on Asian-Jewish intermarriage in the United States. The two — she’s Korean-American, he’s Jewish — recently spoke with JTA by phone from Walla Walla, Wash., where they live with their 6-year-old son Ari and 3-year-old daughter Talia. This is an edited transcript.

07/21/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View
Daniel Schifrin

In one-woman shows like “Fires in the Mirror,” about the Crown Heights riots, and “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992,” about the violence following the Rodney King affair, Anna Deavere Smith helped create a new kind of theater. Playing dozens of characters, all based on extensive interviews with real people, Smith provoked an unusual level of audience empathy, in part because she literally embodied those peoples’ stories. The violence she chronicled — which is at base a failure of empathy — was reversed in the telling of the story.

07/14/2015 | | The JW Q&A
Mimi Kravetz: New Hillel hire comes from branding shop at Google.

Mimi Kravetz worked on employment branding at Google as a human resources marketing executive, helping the company attract and keep top talent by fostering an unconventional yet wildly successful work environment. Now, she plans to bring her own skills in recruiting and development to Hillel International as the organization’s first chief talent officer. Kravetz spoke to The Jewish Week from Silicon Valley, where she will launch Hillel International’s new West Coast office in August. This is an edited transcript.

07/14/2015 | | Staf Writer | Lens

During her 25-year singing career, Israel’s Noa (Achinoam Nini), who attended SAR Academy and the Ramaz Upper School in New York City, has sung in venues around the world. The list includes Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in Manhattan, the Colosseum in Rome, the Stockholm Water Festival and sites in France, England, Spain, Brazil and Japan.

07/14/2015 | | Travel Writer | Travel
The surf and dunes at Edgartown’s South Beach.  Hilary Danailova/JW

Bernie Sanders, America’s only Jewish socialist senator and lately a presidential candidate, seems to be following my mom around these days.

07/14/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person
Michael Feldstein

It was a Tuesday morning, about 8:30 a.m., and I headed off to work in my blue Honda as I usually do. I turned into the office parking lot, and noticed that a vehicle was already parked in the spot that I ordinarily take. No problem, I thought, and I quickly found another parking space close by.