11/12/2012 - 19:00 | | Staff Writer | The Jewish Week Q&A

David Misch is certifiably funny. You don’t have to take his word for it (but he’ll be glad to tell you); you can look it up. A veteran of comedy writing for all the networks, several cable-TV channels and a few movie studios, he’s taught at University of Southern California and University of California Los Angeles, and is now an author. “Funny: The Book.

11/12/2012 - 19:00 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Throughout Germany and a few other European countries where the Nazis reigned during World War II, German artist Gunter Demnig has installed several thousand Stolpersteine — “stumbling stones” — in city sidewalks in memory of victims (and in a few cases, survivors) of the Holocaust.

This week there are 11 fewer Stolpersteine.

On Kristallnacht last week, the anniversary of the 1938 Nazi-orchestrated “Night of Broken Glass,” police in Greifswald discovered that all its stumbling stones were missing.

11/12/2012 - 19:00 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

On Friday at dusk, I’m walking down Columbus Avenue on my way to my friend Eva’s house for Shabbat dinner, carrying a bottle of wine to give her. A woman pushing a toddler in a stroller passes me. Recognizing her as someone from my synagogue, I wish her a Good Shabbos, and she smiles and wishes me the same.

11/12/2012 - 19:00 | | Travel Writer | Travel

It’s already November, which means that if you haven’t yet booked your holiday in Punta del Este, you had better get moving.

The Southern Cone’s premier beach resort, Punta del Este, Uruguay, is the favored getaway for well-to-do Jewish families from Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Both capitals are a short hop from this favored spit of coastline, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Río de la Plata, and where beaches can feel as glitzy as nightclubs.

11/11/2012 - 19:00 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

 “Zet sich avec!” Bombay native Zubin Mehta pleaded in Yiddish with the 500 black-tie guests to sit down when they honored him with a standing ovation at a post-concert dinner last month at the Plaza Hotel.

Born 76 years ago in Bombay (now Mumbai), the maestro has picked up quite a few Yiddish and Hebrew expressions since becoming music conductor for life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1981.

11/08/2012 - 19:00 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | The Nosh Pit

There's nothing like a classic bowl of pasta and tomato sauce. But sometimes it is nice to switch things up a little and try a different sauce. Topping your noodles with this rich sauce based on pureed roasted red peppers is a fun alternative. I roasted my own peppers before blending them up with the other ingredients, but you can also buy jarred roasted red peppers and use those.