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Sephardic Wave Rolling Into Manhattan

Growing numbers of young families and singles leaving Brooklyn and Great Neck and lighting out for the Upper East Side.

Staff Writer

A member of a Jewish family that came to the United States from Morocco in 1958, attorney Marc Bengualid grew up with “a great deal of Sephardic culture at home.” Most of the other Moroccan Jews who came here moved to the Upper East Side, but his family settled on the Upper West Side.

Artist's rendering of the 12-story Safra Community Center. Courtesy of Safra Community Center

A World Of Jewish Fiction

From the Lower East Side to Rome to Cairo, compelling characters in settings near and far.


An Icy Ice Cream Queen: Rags to riches on the Lower East Side.

From the reeking slums of the Lower East Side to the rarefied air of Park Avenue and Palm Beach, Susan Jane Gilman’s “The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street” (Grand Central Publishing) is a journey across the 20th-century Jewish American experience. Not your typical beach treat, this page-turner of a book is a tart alternative to the usual sweet summer refreshment. 

Gilman’s Lillian Dunkle is a myth-debunking character.

Contemporary Israel, In The Literary Spotlight

From pre-intifada Jerusalem to ‘Srugim’ turf to Holon, getting a read on the modern Jewish state.

Special To The Jewish Week

Archeology and Coexistence: A kabbalist and his motley crew of outcasts.

‘You are young. The needs are great. You can help.” If this reminds you of a saying from the sages, that is fitting since the speaker is indeed a sage, though a fictional one: Rebbe Yehudah, the holy man in whose courtyard author Ruchama King Feuerman sets her beguiling novel, “In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist.” (Originally published only as an e-book by New York Review Books last December, it is now also available in paperback.)

Aharon Appelfeld’s “Suddenly, Love” offer different perspectives on love in the Holy  Land.

Summer Reading June 2014

Contemporary Israel In The Literary Spotlight; Three Novels That Span The Globe.

Summer Reading June 2014

Sephardim In NY

Young Families, Singles Flocking to Upper East Side; ‘The Memory Is In Their Taste Buds’: The Lure of Sephardic Food; Safra Synagogue Rabbi’s Growing Empire; Sephardic And Egalitarian at B’nai Jeshurun; Giving Voice to Sephardic Music.

Sephardim In NY June 2014

Faces Of The Future


We are proud to present the seventh annual edition of 36 Under 36 this week, with the State of Israel Bonds as sponsor in recognizing the importance of highlighting the creativity, commitment and accomplishments of the next generation of American Jewish trendsetters.

Educating the Individual Child: Yocheved Sidof


In Lubavitch circles in Crown Heights, Yocheved Sidof is known for being both a “dreamer” and a “doer,” traits she attributes to her Iranian, chasidic upbringing.

Yocheved Sidof

Cultural Relevance in the Public Schools: Ariela Rothstein


When Ariela Rothstein was in high school, she soon came to realize that she was having a very different experience than her brother. “We had different strengths,” she said. She was a nearly-straight-A student while he was more social.

Ariela Rothstein

Seeking Answers through the Spiritual: Rabbi Jessica Minnen

Contributing Editor

Growing up in Kentucky, Rabbi Jessica Minnen learned there are many paths to God. During Minnen’s childhood, her mother, who had married at 19, began a process of questioning that led her to convert to Christianity.

Rabbi Jessica Minnen

Lighting the Way through Art: Rebecca Goldstein Shomair


Buying art can sometimes seem like something only wealthy people do, but it doesn’t have to be that way, says Rebecca Goldstein Shomair.

 Rebecca Goldstein Shomair
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