A ‘Jewish Tiger Mom’ In The Spotlight

Russian-Jewish family’s grueling path to a top N.Y. high school is part of new documentary, ‘Tested.’

11/30/2015 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

On a chilly October weekend, about 30,000 eighth graders waited in line with their parents for what could be the most important day of their lives. On those two mornings, students took the Specialized High School Standardized Admissions Test (SHSAT), the sole determinant of whether they would enroll in a specialized high school next fall; only 20 percent of them would make the cut.

Inna Fershteyn, left, her husband Alexander Ayzidor, twins Peri and Ari at the premiere of "Tested." Rivka Hia/JW

Kosher BBQ Fires Up In Crown Heights

07/07/2015 - 20:00

Izzy’s BBQ Addiction, the long-awaited kosher smokehouse in Crown Heights, is finally open for service.

Owner Sruly Eidelman slices some of his smoked meat at Izzy’s BBQ Addiction in Crown Heights.  Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Classic Catskills Humor Comes To Broadway

06/30/2015 - 20:00

At the Jewish Week’s 17th annual “Funniest Jewish Comic” contest on Sunday night, one competitor gave the audience a scare right at the start with a hackneyed set up as old as Moses.

Contest winners, from left, Roy Schaeffer, Belinda Boxer, producer Geoff Kole, and Rena Blech. Courtesy of Broadway Comedy Club

Rabbi Is Staying; Who Will Go?

Jonathan Rosenblatt applauded for apology, but some find situation ‘untenable.’

06/30/2015 - 20:00

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, a leading Modern Orthodox rabbi, was believed to be stepping down from his pulpit at the Riverdale Jewish Center (RJC) after becoming the center of an embarrassing controversy last month. But he is now determined to stay, bolstered by a warm reception to his dramatic public apology last Wednesday evening in front of hundreds of congregants, and a New York law that makes it difficult to oust him.

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt

How Our Synagogue Is Attracting Young Adults

People want not only connections but also meaning.

11/19/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Professors Steven M. Cohen and Jack Wertheimer shared their assessment of the “Shrinking Jewish Middle And How To Expand It” (Opinion, Nov. 14), and not surprisingly, they focused on what Conservative and Reform synagogues should do to reverse the trend. Their conclusion was that the effort should be made as well in attracting those in their 20s and 30s. What was new was the emphasis on expanding Jewish social networks that link Jews to one another by offering meaningful Jewish content, and ensuring that peers are at the same stage of life to address common challenges.

Rabbi Rachel Ain

Jewish Techs to Meet Face to Face

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It's not uncommon for tech savvy Jews in Cyberspace to develop online relationships with other Jews who frequent some of the same social networking sites and blogs. These relationships, however, often remain in Cyberspace. Sure, there are the occasional conferences and retreats in which techie Jews will meet in the "real world," but most of the communication takes place online.

The NYC Jewish Tech Meetup seeks to bring together Jews who tech for face-to-face networking.
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