03/21/2012 | | Jewish Week Columnist | A Rabbi's World

In my years as a camper at Camp Massad Bet in the 1960’s, each and every camper bunk had to select a name for itself based on the name of a real place in the State of Israel. It then had to produce a plaque -– a shelet, in Hebrew-–that would represent the place/name it had chosen. When all the plaques were completed, there would be a competition to decide which was the best.  All the bunks would gather together, and a representative from each bunk would have to explain --  in Hebrew, of course -- the symbolism of what appeared on the plaque.

03/20/2012 | | Staff Writer | Lens

The four cups of wine don’t come out until the Passover seders next week, but several New Yorkers started preparing for that part of the holiday last week.

Nearly 400 people attended The Jewish Week’s third Grand Wine Tasting event at City Winery, sampling the products of 27 companies, including major wineries, wine importers, wine retailers, wine touring companies, others in wine-related businesses, cheese companies and restaurants.

A total of more than 120 kosher wines from around the world were available.

03/20/2012 | | Staff Writer | The Jewish Week Q&A

About a decade ago, the American Jewish community saw the birth of its own “startup sector:” grassroots organizations on shoestring budgets offering new ways to connect with Judaism, from concerts to bike rides to camping. Today, many of these groups are looking for the significant, long-term funding that would enable them to transcend the scrappy stage and reach exponentially more people, says Nina Bruder, executive director of Bikkurim, an incubator that advised and funded several such organizations when they were in their infancy.

03/20/2012 | | Staff Writer | Culture View

If you ask secular, well-educated people how well they know the Bible, odds are you’ll be met with blank stares, possibly even sneers. This is perfectly understandable. And it may not even stem from anti-religious sentiments — after all, there is only so much time we have, and there are so many other worthy texts to read.

03/18/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Success Without The Tsuris

As a professional coach, I tend to ask my clients more questions than give answers. As a Jewish coach, you have to imagine that the proportion of questions to answers is significantly out of whack. But it works – for me, and for my clients. It works because I believe that, more often than not, we have the creativity, resourcefulness and reserves we need to figure out what we need, and even how to get there.  (Do I ever just give advice? What do you think? Sorry – old habits die hard.

03/15/2012 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | The Nosh Pit

These are really healthy muffins. With things like wheat germ, whole wheat flour, applesauce - this is a dessert you can feel good about. And the best reason for that? You'd never know how healthy they were when you eat them.