08/17/2010 | | Lens

 Raphael Luzon was bar-mitzvah age when he left his home and his homeland. Along with most of Libya’s 7,000 remaining Jews, Luzon’s family fled, virtually empty-handed in 1967, after anti-Jewish riots threatened the Jewish community following Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War.

Luzon settled in England, but his heart stayed in Libya.

08/10/2010 | | Staff Writer | Lens

A group of Jewish runners jog a few miles in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park every Wednesday night for their health. On July 28, they were joined by a few dozen more runners on a  much longer route. For someone else’s health.

Sixty runners, all men, took part in the first 200K (20 kilometers is 12.4 miles) relay race from Brooklyn to upstate Sullivan County, sponsored by the newly formed JRunners organization. The participants raised more than $100, 000 for the medical expenses of a neighbor of a JRunners founder who has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

08/03/2010 | Lens



Novelists Allegra Goodman, above right, and Cathleen Schine, above left, had never met before The Jewish Week Literary Forum at Congregation Rodeph Sholom last Wednesday evening. But as they engaged in conversation with moderator/Jewish Week book critic Sandee Brawarsky — and each other — before a packed house of more than 250 people, it soon became clear they had a good deal in common.

07/27/2010 | | Lens


The weather forecast predicted cloudy skies, maybe some rain and a chance of tornadoes when Camp Simcha brought 120 young campers to Manhattan one day last week.

07/20/2010 | | Lens

Carlos Goldberg, an immigrant from Argentina, fell in love with long-distance hiking as a member of the Israeli Army’s elite Golani Brigade four decades ago, and never put his hiking shoes away.

Now a resident of a moshav in northern Israel near the Lebanese border, he regularly hikes on Israel’s trails; two years ago he did the 777-mile Border Run around Israel. He’s competed in marathons, including the Sahara Marathon in Morocco.

07/13/2010 | | Lens

Contrary to popular belief, Yom Kippur is not the saddest day in the Jewish year.

Yom Kippur, a day of judgment, is a solemn day.

Tisha b’Av is the saddest.

The fast day, which starts Monday at sundown, commemorates the destruction of the First Temple and Second Temple, 656 years apart, in ancient Jerusalem. Both sites fell, to the Babylonians and Romans, on the ninth day of Av.