Last Friday, The Jewish Week conducted an exclusive interview with Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, live via satellite from the space shuttle Columbia. Following are excerpts:
Jewish Week: Shalom, Ilan. How's it going up there?
Ramon: Shalom. Fine
So how you are getting along with the other astronauts up there?
Not so great.
No? Why not?
Lisa Goldstein nearly backed out of a trip to Israel that she had suggested taking with her friends. Reports of terrorist attacks increased in recent months, and she had second thoughts.
"I was afraid; I was very afraid," said Goldstein, 30, an Upper East Side resident. "I almost didn't go."
After she was appointed chair of that trip, the UJA-Federation Young Leadership Council's Solidarity Mission that spent three days in Israel earlier this month, she decided to go, expecting a nerve-wracking, depressing time.
He was no King David. But biblical King Joash has suddenly been thrust into the international limelight.
Joash, who ruled the Kingdom of Judah for about 40 years (835-793 BCE), is linked to a fascinating debate over the authenticity of a 2,800-year-old stone tablet that bears his name.
The black sandstone tablet would be the most spectacular (and virtually only) archaeological find linked to the First Temple: coming at a time when some Arab Muslim leaders claim the two Jerusalem Temples never existed on the Temple Mount.
Most American Jews on solidarity missions to Israel crisscross the country by bus, shuttling between cities and meetings with government officials. But come spring, there'll be an opportunity for the Israel supporter with more active and ecological leanings: a 314-mile bike trip from Tel Aviv to Eilat.
Cosponsored by the New York-based Hazon and Israel's Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, the ride, scheduled for April 27-May 2, is both a solidarity mission and an effort to raise awareness of Israel's environmental challenges.
Gary Rosenblatt |
Editor and Publisher
When her husband was notified in the fall of 1986 that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize, and about $400,000 that went along with it, Marion Wiesel suggested they buy a sailboat.
“I love sailing,” she said with a smile during a recent interview.
But the couple quickly decided to use the funds for more charitable purposes, establishing the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.
A man arrested for stealing from a synagogue last year was charged Tuesday with nine more counts of burglary in Brooklyn. Police said Marc Cukierwar, 31, dressed as an Orthodox Jew and stole hundreds of dollars from charity boxes at several synagogues in the Sheepshead Bay area. It is unclear if he is actually Jewish. Cukierwar was arrested Dec. 28 while trying to buy drugs, said State Sen. Carl Kruger of Sheepshead Bay.