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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.

The Wedding Planner, Times Two

One summer, two events and a season full of joy.

Special To The Jewish Week

‘Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters,” Jane Austen writes in “Pride and Prejudice.” If not quite with the gleeful triumph of a Mrs. Bennet, still with a sense of personal accomplishment, I married off both my children last summer.

The author’s children, Alex, (with husband Sol). Photos courtesy of Gloria Kestenbaum

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‘It’s Our Big, Fat, Jewish Wedding’

In Polish city, a tying-of-the-knot celebrate Jewish rediscovery and revival.


Wroclaw, Poland — When Katka Reszke and Slawomir Grunberg tied the knot last summer at the historic White Stork synagogue in this southwestern Polish city, they were determined that the occasion would be more than just a wedding.

Friends, family and media crowd in front of the chuppah at the wedding in Katka Reszke and Slawomir Grunberg.

Let Them Eat … Lions And Gorillas

College student (and ‘Cake Boss’ intern) Melissa Alt is honing her craft of high-end cake decorating for simchas.

Special To The Jewish Week

Melissa Alt has both a lion head and a gorilla head on display in her family’s dining room. No, she’s not an avid hunter, but a budding cake decorator displaying the remnants of her most prized works of art.

Sweet vocation: Teaneck’s Melissa Alt delights in crafting cakes in creative shapes, including members of the animal kingdom.

The Eighth Day, For Girls

New book offers a cultural and religious history of the ritual behind baby naming.

Culture Editor

Sharon Siegel rethinks the first lifecycle event for newborn girls, presenting a ceremony — and the research and halachic thought behind it — for the eighth day of life.

Lawyer-author Sharon Siegel has written a guide for welcoming newborn girls that avoids denominational distinctions.Sharon Siege

A Simcha That’s Cinematic

Jerusalem’s Cinema City complex mixes the modern and the traditional.

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Only in Jerusalem could a single events venue offer an educational celebration in a Bible museum and a bash in the VIP lounge and movie theater. 

Celebrate November 2014

A Simcha That’s Cinematic; The Eighth Day, For Girls; Let Them Eat … Lions And Gorillas

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Crafting A Sense Of Compassion

Florida-based arts-and-crafts program teaches bar/bat mitzvah candidates about homelessness and philanthropy.

Staff Writer

Last fall, Isabella Malaga of Boca Raton, Fla., was introduced by her aunt to the children of families in a homeless day center in nearby Delray Beach. When it came time to choose a bat mitzvah project earlier this year, Isabella already knew what she wanted to do.

Isabella Malaga holds her cardboard tzedakah “house.” With her is Family Promise’s Kokie Dinnan. Courtesy of the Malaga family
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