Revered Rabbi Retiring From New Rochelle Synagogue

Rabbi Melvin Sirner to step down after four decades at Beth El’s pulpit.

07/07/2015 - 20:00
Westchester Correspondent

So much for making plans.

Rabbi Melvin Sirner: “I’m always concerned ... that people in a shul should feel the individual matters.” Courtesy of Beth El

At Foxman Farewell, Lots Of Hugs (From Abe) And Murmurs (About Oren)

06/22/2015 - 20:00

At Abe Foxman’s farewell, there were the hugs, there were the recollections of the hugs, and there was the sheer diversity of the huggers.

Abe Foxman, center, speaking with Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Susan Rice, the U.S. national security adviser, at an event. JTA

‘I Want To Leave A Written Legacy’

Harlan Wechsler, founding rabbi of the intentionally small Or Zarua, plans for an active retirement.
04/30/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

After a dozen years on the rabbinical staff of a major Manhattan synagogue, Rabbi Harlan Wechsler had no doubt what his first activity would be when he founded his own, smaller, congregation 23 years ago.

Teach a Talmud class.

He chose Sukkah, a tractate about the laws and mechanics of the harvest festival.

 Rabbi Harlan Wechsler.

How Jesse Met Joyce

07/31/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Tying the knot is not the first choice of every couple these days. Joyce Silver and Jesse Koch got hitched in part because of the grandchildren.

A new trend in retirement is for couples to live together outside the marriage bond. In fact, unmarried seniors living together are the fastest growing segment of cohabitants in the United States. People don't want to put up with loneliness. They want to live together. But they are likely to remain unmarried to avoid tax issues and inheritance questions.

Joyce Silver and Jesse Koch

Goodbye Galassi!

I couldn't help but be saddened by the snippet of art-world news I read today: long-time MoMA photography curator Peter Galassi announced his retirement.  He's not exactly old--he's 60--but he's been at the MoMA for more than three decades and has been an tremendous boon for contemporary photography.  One of my favorite shows in recent memory, at any New York City museum, and in any medium, was the Jeff Wall retropsecive in 2007.  But

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