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The Latkes That Bind

12/16/2005
Special To The Jewish Week
When I was a small child in Houston, my mother would come to school every year to teach about Chanukah. Armed with her guitar, wax-encrusted menorah, dreidels and box of latkes mix, my mother (laying her New York accent on a little thicker than usual) gave my Christian classmates a brief recap of the Maccabee story before launching into some songs. A blonde girl once requested "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer." The teacher looked embarrassed, but my mother laughed and said, "Why not?"

Shul Silent On Cemetery Database

10/21/2005
Special To The Jewish Week
For a year and a half, Shane Wamsley returned to his Salt Lake City home from his day job as a financial controller and began another one: eight hours of data entry at his computer. On weekends, he'd log even longer hours. Wamsley, working as a volunteer, was compiling a database of burial records for Bayside Cemetery, which dates back to 1842 and has approximately 35,000 graves.

Revson Foundation’s Lisa Goldberg, 54

01/26/2007
Copy Editor
Lisa Goldberg, a foundation leader known for her generosity and energy, died Monday night at age 54. The cause was a brain aneurysm. Since 2003 Goldberg — who was married to John Sexton, the president of New York University — had served as president of the Revson Foundation, which supports a wide range of Jewish and secular causes.

The New Orthodox Lonely Hearts

04/09/2004
Staff Writer
It’s 8:30 on a Saturday night and 29-year-old “Ilana,” dressed in a sweater set and skirt that falls just below the knees, is in the hallway of a Brooklyn synagogue, its faded cappuccino-colored walls decorated with black-and-white photos from the 1950s and ’60s.  

Speaking Her Language

11/22/2002
Staff Writer
‘Kol hatkhalot kashot,” Carmit Federman says — Hebrew for “All beginnings are difficult.”  

Maimonides Meets Microsoft

11/22/2002
Staff Writer
Think of My Jewish Learning — the Jewish Internet-based venture from mega-donors Lynn Schusterman and Edgar Bronfman launched this week — as “Encyclopedia Judaica” on Broadband or Maimonides Meets Microsoft.   

Teaching The Teachers

11/22/2002
Staff Writer
In a first for American Jewish day schools, teachers nationwide will share a professional development conference this summer on Long Island.   The Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, better known for its massive omnibus summer conventions, is focusing on day schools this June.

Birthright And Beyond

04/05/2002
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Jackie Garonzik came back from her birthright israel trip two years ago feeling “a strong pull toward Judaism.” In the first few months back at Johns Hopkins University, the pre-med student explored Jewish groups on campus and “would go to Shabbat dinner for a little bit.”  

Gay YU Students Return To Court

05/04/2000
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Yeshiva University is enmeshed in its own battle over gay and lesbian couples less than a month after the Reform movement affirmed the right of its rabbis to officiate at same-gender commitment ceremonies.  

Letty’s List

04/13/2007
Staff Writer
Newsweek’s rabbis list has met the Ms. rabbis list.  
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