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09/23/2016 - 17:43 | | Special To The Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Read carefully, because it doesn’t happen too often. I’m about to express just a little bit of sympathy for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

09/21/2016 - 12:59 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View
Ted Merwin

It’s a bit of a schlep from our home in Baltimore to Camp Ramah in the Poconos, where my wife is on staff and our three daughters go to summer camp, but, come road work or stormy weather, I’m almost never late for Shabbat services when I drive up on weekends. That’s because the camp is on Chicago time; the extra hour makes it possible for the campers to stay up late on Friday night. At the celebration of the end of summer, the director, Rabbi Joel Seltzer, brings out a big clock and pushes the hands forward. It’s a jolting reminder that the camp has existed for eight weeks in its own surreal realm, serenely out of step with the surrounding world.

09/21/2016 - 12:35 | | The JW Q&A
The AJC's new president, John Shapiro. Courtesy

John Shapiro, a former president of UJA-Federation of New York and the Dalton School, is the newly elected president of the global Jewish advocacy organization AJC (formerly known as American Jewish Committee). Shapiro is managing director of Chieftain Capital Management, which he co-founded in 1984. He is also chairman of Lawyers for Children and vice chair of the American Academy in Rome. The Jewish Week caught up with him by phone recently to discuss the issues facing the AJC in a changing communal landscape.

09/21/2016 - 11:58 | | Travel Writer | Travel
A repurposed train depot, Lambertville Station is now a historic inn and restaurant. Hillary Danailova/NJJN

Note: This is the first of two articles on driving destinations in New Jersey. Next issue: Atlantic City.

It was just past Labor Day, but the scenery screamed summer along Route 29 in the Delaware Valley. Leaving I-95 behind just north of Philadelphia, my husband, Oggi, and I drove north through a landscape of timeless Americana: rolling green meadows punctuated with prim white farmhouses, thick maple forests that canopied the sun-dappled road, the occasional bright-red barn.

09/15/2016 - 11:41 | | Special To The Jewish Week | A Rabbi's World
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Even here in New York, where so many Jews make their home and are politically active, it takes a fair share of courage these days for politicians to take a bold, principled stand on matters relating to Israel. Criticizing Israel has become a blood sport on college campuses, and often in political circles as well. Nowhere is this more evident than with the BDS movement– the move to bring Israel to her knees via economic boycott and divestment and sanctions in international arenas and organizations

09/13/2016 - 15:37 | | The JW Q&A
Katharina von-Schnurbein: “Students need to learn that Jews have been an integral part of Europe.”

Katharina von-Schnurbein, who was appointed in January 2015 as the European Union’s first coordinator on combating anti-Semitism, is a German national who believes there should be enforcement of the ban on Holocaust denial and adoption of an EU-wide definition of anti-Semitism.

09/13/2016 - 11:05 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Travel
The entrance to Baron Herzog kosher winery and Tierra Sur, the winery’s acclaimed, open-kitchen restaurant, led by Gabe Garcia

Driving north out of Los Angeles, you’ll hit a city that even a veteran California traveler may never have heard of: Oxnard. This beachside gateway to California’s Central Coast is worth a stop, especially when it comes to its Jewish side.

09/13/2016 - 10:30 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View
George Robinson

In the end, every nation gets the history it deserves, if only as it is reflected in art. Consider the latest freshet in the seemingly never-ending river of films about the Shoah and its aftermaths, and how they relate to local political events.

09/08/2016 - 15:40 | | A Rabbi's World
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

For as long as I’ve been a practicing rabbi, I’ve taken most of my vacation time in the month of August. Most rabbis—by far the majority—vacation in July, feeling that August is too close to the Holidays. It makes them anxious to be away then. I’m exactly the opposite. I’m all for preparing, but since July is customarily a very slow month work-wise, I’ve never quite understood why to take vacation then. I’d rather “get out of Dodge” when everyone else is getting increasingly antsy about what lies ahead!

09/06/2016 - 12:30 | | JTA | The JW Q&A
Ron Leibowitz: BDS is not a “major issue” at Brandeis University, says school’s new president. JTA

After 32 years at Middlebury College, the last 11 as its president, Ron Liebowitz is calling Brandeis University his new academic home.