09/21/2016 - 11:58 | | Travel Writer | Travel

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

 

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, 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

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

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

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!