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President Endorses Gay Synagogues


President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.

Brooklyn Named Holiest Jewish City


BROOKLYN—For the first time in recent history, the borough of Brooklyn, New York, has surpassed Jerusalem, Israel, as “The Holiest Jewish City on Earth,” according to the World Jewish Federation.

Honeyed Glasses

Four decadent dessert wines for the New Year.

Special To The Jewish Week

One of the most venerable culinary customs in Judaism is eating sweet foods on Rosh HaShanah, particularly ones flavored with honey: honey on challah, honey on apples and even honey cake. Adding a few sips (or glasses) of a honey-like dessert wine can make a wonderful supplement to the holiday meal.

The new crop of sweet kosher wines are a fitting accompaniment to holiday meals.

Tzimmes That’s Worth A Fuss

Give the saccharine side its due and turn it into a cake.

Special To The Jewish Week

This is the next installment of our new series “The Remix,” in which we gently tweak the more challenging dishes in the Jewish culinary canon. With a little bit of love, we’re convinced we can make even these dishes delicious, even the ones that seem bizarre to the modern palate.

Let them eat … tzimmes, but as a cake, with carrots, sweet potatoes and booze-soaked raisins. Amy Kritzer/JW

‘A Box Of Calm In Urban Chaos’

With Rosh HaShanah around the corner, Jewish urban beekeepers are all abuzz.

Staff Writer

Standing on a grassy rooftop overlooking the East River, beekeeper Liane Newton, decked out in a full bee suit, mask and yellow rubber gloves, carefully pried open one of her hives.

Jewish beekeeper Liane Newton monitors several hives located in Parks Department building on Randall’s Island. Hannah Dreyfus

A Sweet New Year, A Sweet Main Course

Dress a roaster with apples and honey for an easy meal.

Special To The Jewish Week

The Days of Awe are aptly named. Beginning with the blast of the shofar, the 10-day period between Rosh HaShanah through Yom Kippur is our opportunity to contemplate our lives and our relationships with our creator. It is a solemn time.

Holiday comfort food: Roasted chicken with apples and honey brings a sweet taste to a yom tov meal. Ronnie Fein/JW

Starting The Season Off — With Flavor

A quintet of new wines for the New Year.

Special To The Jewish Week

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, in synagogues around the world, the first of the pre-Rosh HaShanah shofar blasts were blown, to note the beginning of the month of Elul. For the kosher wine industry, those shofar blasts were like a starters’ pistol, marking the beginning of an annual race to bring the new crop of kosher wines to the market.  During the next month (and during the month before Passover) more kosher wine will be sold than at any times during the year. 

A variety of new wines, and new vintages, add joy to the Jewish New Year.

The Sweetest Of Gifts

Jams for coexistence, fair-trade yads and freedom napkins.

Culture Editor

Few things make us as conscious of time passing as the approach of the New Year. “So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom,” the psalmist writes. A wall clock by Israeli designer Barbara Shaw, who makes gift items out of hand-designed fabrics, features her striking pomegranates in deep reds. The clock, assembled by hand, is printed laminate on wood composite, and works by battery. (You’ll also find a vase, a tote bag, place mats, cushions and more in the same pattern.)

Cotton napkins from India, and a pomegranate-themed clock, add an eclectic touch to a home and table for the Jewish New Year.

Rosh HaShanah 5775: Taste of the New Year

Cool Gifts, New Wines, Comfort Food For Rosh HaShanah.

Taste of the New Year: Rosh HaShanah 5775


Jewish Week Book Critic


‘Diary of the Fall” by Michel Laub (Other Press) is a literary novel exploring memory and history, as a young man who is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor and the son of a father suffering from Alzheimer’s looks back at a mistake in his own past, searching for forgiveness. Laub was named one of Granta’s Best Young Brazilian Novelists. (September)

A sampling of titles in the fall publishing season.
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