09/05/2016 - 11:21 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Matchmaker

It generally takes two to make a match.  But in order for Chloe Leavitt, 27, to meet Michael (Mike) Fabiani, 30, it took an additional three: Chloe’s mom, Lauren; Mike’s mom, Marcy; and Lisa, a friend of both Lauren and Marcy.

08/30/2016 - 11:43 | | Travel Writer | Travel

The eastern French region of Lorraine — home of the quiche — harbors all kinds of treasures amid its medieval walls, elegant chateaux and golden hillsides, where champagne grapes flourish under a hot autumn sun. Over the centuries, boundaries shifted back and forth between countries; local dialects, mixing Germanic, Gallic and Sephardic elements, evolved alongside a complex Jewish heritage.

08/23/2016 - 17:08 | | The JW Q&A

Paul Golin is the new executive director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (www.SHJ.org), the congregational arm of the Humanistic Jewish movement in North America. He previously served as associate executive director of Big Tent Judaism (formerly the Jewish Outreach Institute) and is co-author of “Twenty Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren to Do (And Not Do) to Nurture Jewish Identity in Their Grandchildren,” (Torah Aura Production, 2007). The interview was conducted via email.

08/23/2016 - 13:26 | | Travel Writer | Travel

Whenever we find ourselves someplace my husband regards as particularly ugly or unappealing, Oggi declares, “I’d rather live in Kishinev.”

08/23/2016 - 13:25 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Culture View

While the vast majority of Israelis are secular, one would never know it from the rock and pop songs that are dominating the country’s music scene these days — tunes that are filled with religious references, efforts to connect with divine energies and longing for release and redemption. As the renowned Israeli intellectual Yossi Klein Halevi (author of the award-winning “Like Dreamers,” about the Israeli paratroopers who reconquered the Western Wall during the Six-Day War) put it last month at a rabbinic conference in Jerusalem, “Israel’s most secular art form is becoming its most religious one. And its most Israeli art form is becoming its most Jewish one.”

08/16/2016 - 12:08 | | Travel Writer | Travel

I didn’t know who Hank Williams was when I first listened to Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song,” with the perplexing lyrics: “I said to Hank Williams, How lonely does it get? … Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet.”