10/19/2016 - 12:59 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View

It’s the sort of story that gets totally lost in weeks of war, presidential election campaigning and the Zika virus. Ironically, it’s the sort of feel-good story that American news-gathering organizations usually crave. For Jews, it encompasses themes of forgiveness and reconciliation that chime well with the Days of Awe.

10/19/2016 - 12:55 | | Travel Writer | Travel

You can still buy a $2 taco in San Francisco’s Mission District. But every year there are fewer of the ancient, fluorescent-lit taquerías that once defined dining in a Latino immigrant neighborhood, and exponentially more places for young, wealthy, tech-industry workers to buy a $15 fair trade organic chocolate bar, a $20 brunch entrée, or a $2 million condo.

10/11/2016 - 13:31 | | Special To The Jewish Week | First Person

It was my first day of school. A group of my new classmates surrounded me and asked that most critical of questions: What team do you root for?

10/11/2016 - 12:02 | | Travel Writer | Travel

When you head out to see a volcano, you don’t expect it to blow up right in front of you. But there it was — Mt. Kilauea, the most active of Hawaii’s many volcanoes, spewing brilliant orange flames and puffs of ashes from its death-black cone.

10/11/2016 - 11:55 | | Staff Writer | The JW Q&A

After a career as a major television personality, Yair Lapid became the founder and chair of Yesh Atid, Israel’s largest centrist party. A member of the Knesset who serves on its Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, he also served as Israel’s finance minister. In the 2015 elections, Yesh Atid secured 11 seats, confirming its place as a major player on the Israeli political scene. The Jewish Week caught up with him recently by phone from Israel.

10/10/2016 - 11:36 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Matchmaker

Sheldon Low and Hadar Orshalimy make music together. The two musicians blend together both in their professional lives and in their personal lives.  Thirty years ago, they were living more than 6000 miles apart.